The London School of Economics and Political Science has been awarded a First for its environmental performance for the second year running by People & Planet Green League published in Times Higher Education today (Thursday 10 June).
The School ranks as the top university in Central London and comes joint first, with Kingston University, for greater London institutions. LSE places 15 nationally of the 133 institutions ranked.
The People & Planet's Green League 2010 bases its rankings of UK universities on 11 environmental policy and performance-related criteria, including carbon emissions per head, waste recycling rates and new criteria measuring efforts to engage students and staff in cutting carbon emissions.
LSE Director Howard Davies said: 'It is pleasing that LSE has maintained its First, however, as the league table shows, we can still do better. The School is now legally obliged to meet set carbon reduction targets, and LSE's environmental impact will become only more relevant as time progresses.'
For the first time ever, the Green League 2010 compared the scope and ambition of universities' carbon reduction plans against sector-wide climate targets introduced earlier this year by HEFCE.
As part of its ongoing environmental and sustainability work, LSE has maintained a 'platinum award' from the Green 500, bringing London's leading 500 companies together to reduce carbon emissions. The award was presented at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Tuesday night by Mayor of London Boris Johnson where the School was commended for having 'diligently worked towards managing and reducing carbon emissions associated with the School 's own activities. From setting challenging BREEAM policy targets and installing advanced lighting technology to having their own onsite weather station, the School has demonstrated continuous improvement in mitigating their associated climate change impacts.'
Dr Victoria Hands, environmental and sustainability manager at LSE, said: 'It is important we all keep making progress to both reduce our carbon emissions (from energy, flying and food) and minimise our impact on the environment (by reducing waste and consuming less). The School has a range of activities in place for staff, students and visitors to learn more and contribute their own skills and experience to make LSE a sustainable community.'
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