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Celebration of Sustainability 2013

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The LSE Celebration of Sustainability 2013 was held on Friday 10th May 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 hosted the event and the Green Impact awards were presented by School Secretary Susan Scholefield. Speakers included Kash Naik from Student Switch Off, Charlotte Barrow from the National Union of Students, and LSE Alumni Nandini Basuthakur.

Green Impact Results

Working Towards Bronze Awards

  • Cafe 54 - Catering
  • Grosvenor House
  • Philosophy
  • International Development

Bronze Awards

  • LSE Graduate Admissions
  • Statistics Department
  • Law Department
  • Department of Media and Communications
  • Gender Institute
  • ARD V600
  • Financial Markets Group
  • Research Division
  • LSE Enterprise
  • Student Recruitment, Widening Participation and Undergraduate Admissions
  • Butler's Wharf

Bronze Plus Awards

  • Methodology
  • Bankside House
  • High Holborn

Silver Awards

  • Finance Division
  • Accounting
  • LSE Health and Social Care
  • Department of Social Policy
  • LSE Northumberland HOuse
  • LSE Cities
  • Carr Saunders
  • Planning and Corporate Policy Division

Silver Plus Awards

  • Passfield Hall
  • ERD Tower 3
  • Government Department
  • Department of Management
  • Information Management Technology

Gold Awards

  • Rosebery Hall
  • Residential Services
  • LSE SU
  • LSE Estates Division

Gold Excellence Awards

  • LSE Estates Division
  • LSE Catering
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Department of Mathematics

Platinum Award - Top Scoring team!

  • The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Office Depot Innovation Award 

An award for an innovative or successful environmental community initiative within a department.

  • Winner: Office of Development and Alumni Relations for their Feel Good Week. The week was set up to encourage staff to think of healthy alternatives to drinks, snacks and food, and to inspire them to look after their overall physical and mental wellbeing.

Best Energy Saving Idea Award

An award for the department with the best idea to save energy!

  • Winner: The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment for their monitor switch off competition.

Environmental Hero Award 

An award for someone who has gone above and beyong the call of duty to make a real impact on sustainability at LSE.
  • Winner: Dr. Kira Matus for her work leading the Government Department Green Impact team, introducing sustainability into her undergraduate courses, and for focusing her research on sustainability issues.

Green Impact Auditors

This year forty three auditors were trained and played a vital role in auditing the Green Imapct team. These are:

Abi Titley, Adam Olsson, Anastasia Tymen, Andrew Hughes, Aniruddhe Mukerjee, Barbora Ann Sladkova, Bruna de Almeida Araujo, Cassandra Lo, Christina Gkouvali, Christina Jian, Chunyan Dai, Clara Melot, Corinna Connor, Dan Reeves, Dave Scott, Ella Goschalk, Estelle Metz, Flavia Donadelli, Francesca Matano, George Hobbs, Hamish Beath, Han Li, Herbert De-Lima, Jennifer Steeves, Jessica Tran, Julia Sausen, Justine Rose, Kayly Ober, Laure Fievet 

Green Impact Project Assistants

In the first year of the scheme fifteen students were recruited and trained as Project Assistants. Their role was to support their Green Impact team to submit the workbook and help out with any other projects.

This year's assistants were: Corinna Connor, Esma Kuyuk, Ella Goschalk, Ruiwen Huang, Herbert De-Lima, Flavia Donadelli, Bruna de Almeida Araujo, Margaux Wehr, Meaghan Krohn, Petar Tsenkulovski, Robin Ray, Mila Akimova, Oliver Lysaght, Laura Ehrich, Simon Rickenbach.


Recycling League

In this year's recycling challenge, three departments won Fairtrade hampers for scoring 100% perfectly sorted waste. Congratulations to:

  • Statistics Department
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Gender Institute
A Full Recycling League Table is available.

Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability

  • David Scott for heading up the school's leading Green Impact team in an academic department (Maths), for securing funding from the Sustainable Projecs Fund to introduce sustainability projects into the maths curriculum, and for his personal fundraising efforts for Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
  • Margaux Wehr is a first year undergraduate who successfully lead the LSE Cities Green Impact team to achieve a Silver Award. She is also part of the Passfield Hall Sustainability team  who won funding from the Sustainable Projects Fund to enhance their garden, and has come forward with ideas for water saving on campus.
  • Robin Ray is a MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation student and this year's president of the Sustainble Futures Society. She led the society to achieve a record number of applications, has been and exemplary Green Imapct Project Assistant for the LSE Estates team, and been a committed volunteer at various events and for various sustainability projects.

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 their energy use by 6% and saved over 78 tonnes of carbon.

The winning hall in 2012-13 is Sidney Webb House

For more information visit the Facebook page.

Sustainable Projects Fund

This year seven projects received funding:

  • Sustainable Maths Curriculum
  • Houghton Street Market
  • Timeless Costumes
  • LSE Bike Maintenance Project
  • Bin there done that
  • LSE Sustainability App
  • Passfield Hall Gardens

For full details of the winning teams and their projects, please visit the Sustainable Futures website

Applications for next years fund will open early in the next academic year. 


Photographs of the event are available on the Sustainable LSE flikcr page.

All photographs for the event were taken by Daniel Reeves and Rosie Komorowska Gillam Jones.