LSE is strongly committed to environmental sustainability, and it is a key principle of both our Strategic Plan and Ethics Code. In 2005 the School adopted its Environmental Sustainability Policy, setting objectives to continually improve environmental performance. Since then LSE has gone from strength to strength, incorporating sustainability into all areas of its activities.
LSE has a target to reduce its carbon footprint by 54% by 2020 compared to a 2005 baseline, ensure all buildings meet the highest sustainability standards, and minimise waste whilst maximising recycling rates. The School has an Environmental Management System to put the Environmental Sustainability Policy into practice, which has been ISO 50001 certified since 2015.
The School provides its students with a strong understanding of sustainable development issues faced by the global community, and undertakes world-leading research on environmental matters, informing public policy at the highest level.
The LSE Sustainability Team coordinate the School's approach to the environment, working with teams across the LSE community to embed sustainability in the everyday life of the university. Meet the team.
Timeline of achievements
View LSE's sustainability journey through the timeline of achievements. Also see the News pages for details of recent developments.
Leadership and governance
Successfully delivering sustainability at LSE requires continuous cooperation across LSE between staff, departemnts, the Students' Union and others. See how LSE makes decisions about environmental sustainability.
LSE has a number of policies in place to enhance its sustainability impacts. Click on the links below to view the policies.
Read our Annual Sustainability Reports to find out more about our projects and achievements in previous years.