LSE has been named the greenest university in London and been awarded a 2.1 for its overall environmental performance in the People & Planet's Green League 2007.
The Green League has, for the first time, collected and ranked environmental information on 120 UK universities, awarding institutions a First, 2:1, 2:2, Third, or Fail.
LSE Director Howard Davies said: 'We are proud to be the greenest school in London, but we are aiming for a "first" next year.'
Victoria Hands, LSE's environmental and sustainability manager, said: 'LSE is committed to delivering on its Environmental Policy, adopted in April 2005. We have recently produced an LSE Carbon Management Strategy and Implementation Plan and are participating in HEFCE's EcoCampus project which supports us to establish a school wide Environmental Management System.
'The People and Planet Green League is an excellent way of bringing this important issue to the fore. LSE is pleased to be the leading London university and provides leadership to the other London based universities, chairing the Bloomsbury Environment Group and taking an active role in the South East regional EAUC group. Membership of these groups is key to sharing best practice and making progress. We also recognise that sustainability is an ongoing endeavour and we continue to work to minimise our environmental impact. As our work continues we are confident that along side expansion plans for more students our environmental impact will reduce. For this to happen we need to commit to increased investment in environmentally friendly products, services and activities at the planning stages of all our operations.
Aled Fisher, the LSE Students' Union environment and ethics officer, said: 'LSE should cautiously congratulate itself for gaining a 2.1 and being the highest placed university in London. However big strides still need to be made on recycling and carbon emissions. With 80 per cent reductions in our current greenhouse gas emissions needed by 2050 to avoid climate catastrophe LSE should do as its students would do and aim for a strong First next year.'
For more on LSE's environment and sustainability work, see http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/environment
Posted 8 June 2007