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Green Impact in the Library

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Five ways the LSE Library is “Going Greener” – and how you can help!

The Library is participating in the Green Impact programme and is dedicated to addressing its environmental impact and achieving sustainability certification.

Here is what we’ve been working on during the Lent term 2014.  

Conserve energy by turning off personal monitors and computers when not in use

If you walk away from your computer for more than five minutes, simply turn off the monitor to save energy from the display. This will keep your personal information and work secure and it takes seconds to resume when you get back.

Also, shut down your computer at the end of the day and give it a rest.

Recycle as much as you can, and be sure to place things in the correct bins

LSE has a great recycling system in place, but almost 50% of recyclables and rubbish are put in the wrong bins! Take a moment to check out the labels. Yearly recycling in the UK reduces greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking five million cars off the road.

Conserve energy by turning off communal appliances at nights and weekends

If you are the last person in an office space or at a service counter at the end of the day, turn off the electronic equipment if allowed. Turning off a photocopier overnight saves enough energy to produce 3,674 copies.

Conserve energy and improve your health by taking the stairs instead of the lifts

Everyone is aware of this, but we still don’t do it. Climbing stairs burns seven times more calories per minute than standing still in a lift. Taking the stairs is a quick and easy change that can contribute to your physical fitness and even lifespan – while helping the environment in the process.

Save paper by printing only when absolutely necessary and use duplex printing

The average UK office worker uses 170kg of paper per year. That’s over 70 reams for a single person. Save a few trees and use email or document sharing sites to communicate with your colleagues. Use recycled paper and double sided printing when you must print.

For more information visit the School’s Green Impact| page or contact Andra Fry| if you would like to discuss this further.

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