LSE has been recognised as the top university for promoting sustainability among its staff and students.
People and Planet, the student-led body which campaigns for more environmentally friendly policies in universities, gave LSE the “Student and Staff Engagement Award” for its “excellent and innovative” work in a number of areas, including:
Hosting high-profile public lectures with numerous world-renowned speakers on sustainability, including James Hansen, Kumi Naidoo, and LSE’s own Nicholas Stern.
Excellent teaching on environmental issues in modules taught across the School, notably LSE 100.
The Sustainable Projects Fund for student and staff-led projects that enhance sustainability within the LSE community.
The LSE Sustainability Blog, which publishes student and staff articles featuring a mix of academic research, practical projects on campus - such as beekeeping - and other topical issues on sustainability in universities.
Campaigns such as the Student Switch-Off project, which yielded a six per cent energy reduction last year across all halls of residence.
It was acknowledged that many projects pioneered by LSE, such as beekeeping and the Sustainable Projects Fund, have now been adopted by other universities.
We are delighted that LSE’s work on sustainability engagement has been recognised. This award highlights not only the School’s achievements but the commitment and enthusiasm of students and staff from across LSE. The continued involvement of the whole LSE community is essential to the School’s on-going mission to become a more environmentally sustainable institution.” Commenting on receiving the award Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said:
People and Planet run the annual University Green League which ranks all UK universities according to their level of sustainability. LSE has received a ‘first’ for five years running in the Green League, and in 2013 was the second highest ranked university in London and third highest in the Russell Group.
LSE received this award on Wednesday 18 February at a ceremony held to celebrate all universities which were awarded a ‘first’ in the latest (2013) Green League.
Friday 21 February 2014