'LSE100 The LSE Course: Understanding the causes of things', a compulsory course for all undergraduate students that was launched by the School in January 2010, has won a prestigious Green Gown Award.
The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sector across the UK. Now in their sixth year, the 2010 awards were in 12 categories. The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Thames Globe Theatre.
‘LSE100 The LSE Course: Understanding the causes of things’, was pronounced the winner in the Courses category. LSE was commended by the judges for its ‘exciting and bold whole institution approach. Reflecting a clear commitment and willingness to lead, LSE has created for its students an invaluable trans-disciplinary space.’
The LSE Course is a compulsory undergraduate course running alongside students’ degrees. It introduces students to the fundamental elements of thinking as a social scientist, drawing on a range of subjects studied at LSE. It blends lectures, group classes and written coursework to explore real problems and 'big' questions which have world wide economic, environmental and social implications. The curriculum promotes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding sustainability related problems such as climate change, poverty, financial crisis, population growth and culture.
Dr Jonathan Leape, LSE100 course director was delighted with the recognition. He said: ‘The LSE100 course builds on LSE's strengths to produce graduates who combine depth in their field with an interdisciplinary understanding of key environmental and social issues.’
LSE was also shortlisted under Student Initiatives and Campaigns for its Sustainable Futures student consulting group which has worked closely with the School for five years now. Its major achievement has been to introduce the sale of Smart Mugs in LSE Catering and Students’ Union outlets where a reduction on beverages rewards those avoiding disposable containers.
LSE won a Green Gown Award in 2009 in the Sustainable Construction and Refurbishment Category for its work on the New Academic Building.
For more on LSE’s sustainability activities, see Sustainable LSE