The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has today been awarded a First for its commitment to systemic environmental management and its environmental performance in the 2011 People & Planet Green League.
This is the third year that the School has achieved a First in the Green League, which has ranked LSE as 22nd out of the 142 institutions ranked in this year's table.
The Green League is People & Planet's award winning environmental ranking of the UK's universities. Universities are ranked according to 13 environmental policy and performance-related criteria, in areas such as carbon reduction, waste recycling, energy efficiency, transport emissions and staff and student engagement.
LSE Director Judith Rees said: "It is pleasing that the hard work of our enthusiastic and committed staff and students has been recognised but we must not rest on our laurels. Carbon emissions for the sector are still rising and there are still significant challenges to overcome if LSE is to successfully meet government targets."
The School's target to send zero waste to landfill by 2010 was achieved in October 2010 and LSE increased campus recycling rates from 37 per cent in 2007-08 to 54 per cent in 2009-10. Following successful pilots, the Facilities Team is now upgrading all the School's waste disposal facilities. All LSE campus buildings and halls of residence will operate a standardised system of communal bins by July, with the aim of moving campus recycling rates to 90 per cent.
For more on LSE's environmental and sustainability work see LSE and the environment
People & Planet Green League 2011
7 June 2011