The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has today (11 June 2013) been awarded a First in this year’s People & Planet Green League, which ranks all UK universities on their environmental and ethical performance.
This is the fifth year running that LSE has been awarded a First. The School came 22nd in this year’s league – a rise of 20 places from its 2012 ranking of 42nd.
LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said: “This is terrific news. It is always pleasing to rank well in league tables and our rise to 22nd most environmentally and ethically friendly university in the UK is a great accomplishment. As always, however, there is still much to do and we will not rest on our laurels. LSE still faces challenges in continuing to reduce its carbon use, but as our improved ranking shows, if the school community continues to work together we can achieve positive results.”
The Green League, which is published annually in the Guardian, is the UK’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities. This year’s table ranks 143 higher education institutions across the UK. LSE is one of 43 to achieve a First this year.
The School’s Environmental Management System was awarded ISO14001 certification in 2012 and the School has continually improved its environmental performance since then.
Martin Bolton, head of environmental sustainability, said: “The School’s Environmental Management System was awarded ISO14001 certification in 2012 and since then we have continually improved our environmental performance. Initiatives such as Furniture ReUse not only provide environmental benefits but make good business sense, our ReUse project last year saved the School £31,553. Challenging students to come up with innovative ways to improve our performance is also part of our work, and through the Sustainable Projects Fund students are have the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality and as a large consumer of goods we are playing our part in driving the transition to a low carbon economy by trialling innovative products such as a toilet that only uses 1.5 litres per flush which could contribute significantly to reducing our water use.”
Louise Hazan, who compiled the People & Planet Green League, said: “LSE thoroughly deserves its First Class ranking this year and is helping to drive up environmental and ethical standards for the higher education sector as a whole. Its success in reducing waste and effective ways to engage staff and students in the transition to sustainability is exemplary. We congratulate LSE on listening to its students, who are quite rightly demanding greener degrees and that the university tackles issues like climate change head on.”
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11 June 2013