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Celebration of Sustainability 2012


The LSE Celebration of Sustainability 2012 was held on the Tuesday 26th June in The Shaw Library. Over 70 people attended the event which was held to celebrate the wonderful work of LSE's staff and students in greening the school.

Bob Ward from the Grantham Institute welcomed guests to the event and the Green Impact awards were presented by pro-Director Professor Janet Hartley. Speakers included Emily Thompson-Bell from Student Switch Off and Charlotte Barrow from the National Union of Students.

Green Impact Results

Working Towards Bronze Awards

  • Financial Markets Group
  • LSE Enterprise
  • Methodology
  • ARD - Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions
  • Department of Economics
  • LSESU (Catering workbook)

Bronze Awards

  • Department of Accounting
  • ARD (V600)
  • DoM Innovation
  • LSE Cities
  • External Relations, Tower 3
  • LSE Health and Social Care
  • Graduate Admissions
  • Student Services Centre
  • Social Policy
  • Department of Statistics
  • Directorate
  • High Holborn
  • Grosvenor House
  • Ecogender

Silver Awards

  • Design Unit
  • Finance Division
  • Government Department
  • Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment
  • Green Team Postroom
  • IT Services
  • LSE Careers
  • LSE Bankside
  • Northumberland House
  • Passfield Hall
  • Carr Saunders
  • Carr Saunders (Catering workbook)
Gold Awards
  • ODAR
  • Residential Services
  • Rosebery Hall
  • Mathematics
  • 4th Floor Restaurant and Café (Catering workbook)

Platinum Award - Top Scoring team!

  • LSE Estates Division

Office Depot Innovation Award 

  • Highly Commended: ODAR for their extensive programme of events around National Vegetarian Week
  • Highly Commended: Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment for their proposals to develop a formal and embedded carbon offsetting strategy.
  • Winner: LSESU for their combined projects on re-use sales, and the food co-op.

Best Energy Saving Idea Award

  • Winner: Paul Franklin and the Estates Maintenance Team for the decommissioning of a set of heaters, providing measurable and financial carbon savings.

Environmental Hero Award

  • Highly Commended: Paul Franklin for his work on water-efficient toilets and taps, lifecycle of plant and other equipment, LED roll out to improve lighting efficiency, research to locally source supplies, and establishing a BMS user group.
  • Highly Commended: Sam Charman for his project to reduce cardboard box consumption and developing electronic marketing to save paper.
  • Winner: Sophie Offord for taking a lead in Green Impact over the last two years, for her role in recruiting students from across the department, for helping to get the Grantham Institute to aim for Gold in 2013 and to develop a carbon offsetting strategy, and for her role in creating a comedy recycling viral. 

Green Impact Auditors

  • Susanne Weber
  • Uzoma Nwankwo
  • Alex Lillis
  • Maria Rosala
  • Jessica Hurtado
  • Boris Georgiev
  • Vivian Winterhoff
  • David Scott
  • Justine Rose
  • Daniel Reeves
  • Jon Emmett
Student Switch Off Winners

Student Switch Off in an inter-hall energy saving competition between halls of residence at LSE. Together, LSE residents have reduced carbon emissions by 93 tonnes which is equivalent to making 5,420,031 cups of tea! Over 600 students across LSE halls of residence have been switching off.

For the second year running Carr Saunders Hall won the Switch Off Competition.

For more information visit the Facebook page.

Sustainable Projects Fund

The first project funded by the Sustainable Projects Fund came to fruition in May 2012 with the opening of the Green Roof atop the Plaza Café. Students Olivier Scialom, Stanslav Bic and Sidharth Gopalan submitted the idea to the fund and implemented the new green roof with the support of Phil Newsham from Estates.

The 2011/12 fund was awarded to the ImpACT Award and Awareness Project submitted by Margaret-Ann Splawn, Isabella Neuweg, Judith Peterka and Andrew Sudmant.

Applications for next years fund will open early in the next academic year. For more information visit the Sustainable Futures Society webpage.


See photographs of the event on our Sustainable LSE flikcr page.

All photographs for the event were taken by Nigel Stead (LSE Photographer)