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LSE greenest university in London for second year running

LSE has maintained its position as the greenest university in London in the People & Planet's Green League 2008, published yesterday.

The School, which also came first in 2007, was awarded a 2.1 for its overall environmental performance. No other London universities achieved higher than a 2.2.

LSE's results show an improvement from 2007 on the waste management score. This is due to recording campus recycling figures in a developing Environmental Management System. The importance of waste management has been recognised by the School agreeing funding for a full time waste and recycling officer.

However, there remains much LSE can do to improve and achieve the 'first' that Director Howard Davies promised the School would aim for last year.

Victoria Hands, LSE Environmental and Sustainability manager said:

'LSE is making good progress - the New Academic Building has achieved an excellent rating from the Building Research Establishment's Environment Assessments Method (BREEAM) and will house the new LSE Research Centre for Climate Change.

'Although LSE's energy from renewable sources rose and carbon emissions dropped, when compared to other universities, there is still much to be done in this area and to continually improve water use efficiency. The appointment of a new full-time carbon reduction manager will ensure continued progress.'

Aled Fisher, outgoing LSESU Environment and Ethics Officer, commented: 'Getting a first remains reliant on recruiting the additional staff for whom funding has been agreed and raises another clear challenge for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in educating students to perform the key roles required to tackle climate change. The curriculum is an area which for now the People and Planet Green League does not include in its ranking system.'

Ongoing environmental sustainability projects at LSE include:

  • An aspects and impacts register to form the first step in developing a full Environmental Management System
  • Victoria Hands chairs a group open to all London HEIs for staff working on environmental issues
  • School Council endorsed a statement on Socially Responsible Investment in June 2008 and has commissioned further work on this in the next academic year

Full details of LSE environmental activities visit: Sustainability at LSE 

Contact: Victoria Hands, LSE Environmental and Sustainability Manager, by emailing v.e.hands@lse.ac.uk 

4 July 2008