"I encourage all divisions and departments to participate in the Green Impact challenge, as a key step in our approach to addressing climate change and implementing the School's Environmental Sustainability Policy."
Professor Craig Calhoun, Director and President of LSE
Green Impact teams are working on campus and in Halls of Residence to reduce the School's environmental impact. Teams encourage staff and students to change their day-to-day behaviour and to cut their carbon footprint by taking part in projects and implementing practical actions.
Every year departments are audited and receive a level of accreditation - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum for the top scoring team.
You can see a full list of results and participating departments from previous years on the Celebration of Sustainability pages.
How does Green Impact work?
Green Impact Leaders work alone or lead a team in their department or hall of residence to implement a project or actions that are in the Green Impact workbook.
The project runs on a yearly cycle. Below is this year's key dates:
May - Launch
June - Early-March - Teams plan and complete the Green Impact Workbook and their projects
Mid-March - Teams submit their project report and workbooks and are audited by student volunteers
May - successful teams are awarded at the Celebration of Sustainability
June - September - An evaluation period takes place and the project is adapted ready to relaunch in October
Green Impact Workbook
The workbook contains several criteria involving simple actions to embed sustainability into departments. Teams are supplied with a workbook guide to help them complete the workbook. Teams from catering units or residences have a different workbook to complete which has been adapted to suit their workplace. Each team progresses through the workbook, then submits their completed workbook to be audited in the Lent Term. To achieve higher Silver and Gold Awards, teams can coordinate their own sustainability project. Ideas and advice for projects can be found in the Project Guidebook.
View the LSE Green Impact Workbook (registration required).
Green Impact Project Assistants
Every October students can apply to become a Project Assistant. They play a crucial role in supporting a team to complete their project or workbook. Assistants are required to attend training sessions, and commit to a minimum of one hour a week to support the team. Applications for this role are now closed and will open again in October 2016.
Everyone wishing to lead a Green Impact team should contact Sustainability Engagement Officer Naomi Alexander-Naidoo, who will help to answer any questions and discuss how Green Impact will run in their department. The Sustainability Engagement Officer supports teams throughout the programme through meetings, workshops, and telephone and email support as required.
Green Impact on Moodle
For Green Impact resources, go to the Green Impact Moodle page. Register with your LSE e-mail and the enrolment key greenimpact.
Want to take part? Get in touch with Jon Emmett (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will put you in touch with your department's Green Impact Leader, or support you to establish a new team.