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 14001 certified since 2012.
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.
To find out more about our work on environmental sustainability, and how you can get involved, please visit the LSE Sustainability web pages.
Timeline of Achievements
Below is a summary of LSE's sustainability progress since 2005. For more detailed updates on the School's environmental initiatives, please visit the 'News' page, or see the LSE Sustainability Blog.
ISO 14001 re-certification
Winner of EU Fair Cotton Procurement Award
Sustainability runners-up in Guardian University Awards
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre opens
LSE elected onto EAUC MAC committee for sustainability in UK education
Relove Fair: 3-4 October 2013
ISO 14001 re-certification
5th 'First' in Green League
LSE Sustainability Blog launch
Mayor’s Green Procurement Code: Silver Award
CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme league: top among Russell Group universities
Green Gown Awards: ‘Highly Commended’
Refurbished 32 LiF building achieves BREEAM 'Very Good'
Camden ‘EECO’ Award for renewable energy generation
ISO 14001 Certification and Platinum Ecocampus status
LSE achieves First in Green League
International Green Awards: ‘Bronze’ for Zero-Waste Strategy
Carbon Trust Standard re-accreditation
EcoCampus Gold Certification
First in the Green League (22nd place overall)
Green Gown Awards: shortlisted for 'Rethink' waste strategy
New Students' Centre certified BREEAM 'Outstanding' (Design)
'LSE 100' module wins Green Gown Award
EMS achieves EcoCampus Silver status
LSE is 15th in the Green League
LSE signs up for universities' global green charter
LSE win Green 500 Award
‘LSE 100’ module to cover climate change
LSE wins National Recycling Award 2009
LSE are UK's 2nd greenest university: People and Planet Green League
LSE wins National Recycling Award
LSE achieves a 2:1 in Green League
LSE pioneers re-use in halls of residence project
LSE Sustainability in Practice lecture series beings
LSE joins Green 500
New Academic Building: BREEAM Excellent
EMS achieves Ecocampus 'Bronze' status
LSE Director signs national green universities pledge
LSE achieves 2:1 in the Green League
LSE feature as case study in Mayor’s Climate Action Plan.
LSE wins National Recycling Award for ‘best partnership project’
LSE adopts Environmental Policy.
LSE appoints part-time Environmental Coordinator.