"Green Impact plays an integral role in embedding sustainable best practice in the day-to-day life of staff and students at the School. I encourage all departments to take part and to take on board the challenge of improving their environmental performance."
Susan Scholefield, School Secretary
Green Impact teams are working on campus and in Halls of Residence to reduce the School's environmental impact. The Green Impact workbook contains practical actions to encourage staff and students to change their day-to-day behaviours and to cut their carbon footprint.
Every year departments are audited and receive a level of accreditation - Working Towards, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Excellence, and Platinum for the top scoring team.
You can see a full list of results and participating departments from 2013 on the Celebration of Sustainability page, and download the 2012-13 Impact Report.
How does Green Impact work?
Green Impact Leaders work alone or lead a team in their department or Hall of Residence to implement the criteria in the Green Impact workbook.
The project runs on a yearly cycle:
October - Launch
November - February - Teams complete workbooks
March - Teams submit workbooks and audits are held
May - Celebration of Sustainability
June - September - Evaluation and Review
Green Impact Workbook
LSE's workbook is full of simple actions to embed sustainability. Each department has its own workbook area. To be audited and included in the annual Celebration of Sustainability, teams must submit their workbook in March 2014.
View the LSE Green Impact Workbook (registration required).
Green Impact Auditors
To verify that Green Impact teams have completed the relevant actions in the workbook, they are independently assessed by Green Impact Auditors - student and staff volunteers from across LSE who visit each team to look for evidence of their actions.
Auditors receive free environmental auditor training approved by the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors (IEMA), and a free lunch.
More info on the benefits and requirements of becoming an auditor.
Apply to be a Green Impact Auditor.
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 the workbook. Assistants are required to attend training sessions, and commit to a minimum of one hour a week to support the team.
Click here for the Role Description.
Applications are currently closed for 2013/14, but will re-open in autumn 2014.
Everyone wishing to lead a Green Impact team with have an initial meeting with Sustainability Assistant Louise Laker to discuss how Green Impact will run, and answer any questions.
All Green Impact participants can attend monthly workshops:
November - Getting Started in Green Impact
December - Communications and Events
January - Energy and Waste
February - Travel and Procurement
There is also a monthly Green Impact Newsletter with updates and advice from the network.
Green Impact Forum on Moodle
Communicate with other teams and share resources on the moodle Green Impact Forum. Register with your LSE e-mail and the enrolment key greenimpact.
Want to take part? Get in touch with Sustainability Assistant, Vyvyan Evans, 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.