A fifth First for LSE in 2013 People & Planet Green League
LSE has been awarded a First in this year’s People & Planet Green League, which ranks all UK universities on their environmental and ethical performance.
This is the fifth year running that LSE has been awarded a First. The School came 22nd in this year’s league – a rise of 20 places from its 2012 ranking of 42nd.
LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said: “This is terrific news. It is always pleasing to rank well in league tables and our rise to 22nd most environmentally and ethically friendly university in the UK is a great accomplishment. As always, however, there is still much to do and we will not rest on our laurels. LSE still faces challenges in continuing to reduce its carbon use, but as our improved ranking shows, if the school community continues to work together we can achieve positive results.”
The Green League, which is published annually in the Guardian, is the UK’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities. This year’s table ranks 143 higher education institutions across the UK. LSE is one of 43 to achieve a First this year.
For the full Green League, click here.
LSE at the 2012 Green Gown Awards
LSE achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ award in a ceremony held on 5th November at the University of Birmingham. The Green Gowns are the most prestigious recognition of environmental achievement in the Higher and Further Education sector.
The School’s entry was the ‘Sustainable Projects Fund’, which funds student and staff-led environmental projects on campus with a 10p ‘tax’ on bottled water sold at LSE catering outlets, and is run by the LSE Sustainable Futures Society.
The judges commented: “This is an innovative and well administered funding model… Successful applicants to the Fund gain a wide range of experience through managing the implementation of their ideas.”
Click here to find out more about the Green Gown Awards. Click here to find out more about the winning entries.
LSE gets 'double first' for environmental achievements
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been recognised for its environmental achievements, with its Environmental Management System being awarded the internationally-recognised ISO 14001 status. In addition, the School has obtained a ‘Platinum’ award, the highest level of certification under the Higher Education-specific ‘Eco Campus’ system.
The School’s Environmental Management System (EMS) allows it to strategically manage its environmental impacts, by embedding sustainability policy into working practice across the campus, and monitoring progress to demonstrate continual improvement in performance.
LSE was assessed by an independent external auditor, Dr Margaret Rooney from consultants NQA. In recommending the School for certification, Dr Rooney commented in her audit report that: “Everyone interviewed during the four day audit was extremely enthusiastic and helpful. Commitment at senior levels is very clear, with... increasing emphasis on strategy and leadership in relation to the EMS.”
Martin Bolton, head of sustainability at LSE, said: “Respect for the environment is one of LSE's ten institutional values and commitments and it has been especially gratifying to see how colleagues across the School have worked hard to minimise our environmental impact and ensure we have robust auditing systems in place for the future.”
Julian Robinson, LSE's Director of Estates, said, “A great deal of work has gone into ensuring we have an effective Environmental Management System in place so I’m delighted LSE has been awarded this certification. Striving to achieve a positive environmental impact is a priority for the School, and the whole School community must continue play their part. The EMS will be key in enabling us to do this effectively.”
Click here for more information on LSE's Environmental Management System.
London School of Economics Win International Green Award
LSE's 'Zero Waste' strategy was honoured at the November 2011 International GreenAwards, winning Bronze in the '4 Rs' category, which recognises innovation in waste Reduction, Reuse, Recycling and Recovery.
The Zero Waste programme tackles all areas of waste management under a single umbrella campaign ‐ 'Rethink' - so-called because it invites all staff and students to fundamentally reconsider their entire relationship with consumption and waste.
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