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• LSE's Rethink strategy commended

The School has been granted a Bronze Award by the International Green Awards and been shortlisted for a Green Gown Award for its Rethink waste strategy



• Guilty as charged
LSE has recently been fined £190 for contamination of its recycling. As a result, cleaners now check waste for contamination and departments may be fined if their waste is found to be contaminated.


• Sam Fankhauser

Sam, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, isn't the homesick type but will sometimes put on a yodelling tape and think of Switzerland.

  news   notices   60 secs  
  6 December 2011  



• Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme

The CRC Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory carbon tax scheme that applies to large non energy-intensive organisations, such as LSE. This was announced in the Energy White Paper 2007 and came into force in April 2010. The purpose of this scheme is to create behaviour and infrastructure change to improve energy efficiency.

Under the scheme, every year, participants have to report on their UK-based CO2 emissions from all energy sources, other than transport fuel and domestic use, and purchase “allowances” for each tonne of CO2 that is emitted. The reports submitted are then used by the Environment Agency to compile league tables.

LSE registered as a participant to the CRC scheme in 2009. The first CRC reports were submitted in September. The school CRC footprint is 15,642tCO2. In the league tables, the School ranks in the top 30 of the universities.

No “allowances” had to be purchased for this first compliance year but the school carbon emissions would have cost about £180,000.

Further information is available on the Environment Agency webpage at:


• Government cuts to Feed in Tariffs affects the Carbon Management Plan  

LSE's Carbon Management Plan must be revisited following the Government’s shock announcement on 31 October that subsidies for solar electricity production will be reduced by around 50 per cent.

Reduced subsidies for domestic solar electricity production have been proposed as part of an urgent effort to keep the Feed in Tariffs scheme budget under control and reflect the plummeting costs of the technology. The proposals, subject to consultation, would introduce a new tariff for schemes up to 4kW in size of 21p/kWh – down from the current 43.3p/kWh. Reduced rates are also proposed for schemes between 4kW and 250kW, to ensure those schemes receive a consistent rate of return.

The announcement has effectively caused mass cancellations within the public and private sector due to the viability of the schemes. LSE has decided to only continue with some minor schemes which are included in the new major projects currently in progress. The school is now looking at alternative energy efficiency measures, such as lighting upgrade.


• LSE commended for its Rethink waste strategy

LSE Rethink - which helps us move towards being a zero waste institution - has been granted a Bronze International Green Award (IGA) and has been named a finalist in the Green Gown Awards. 

LSE Rethink tackles all areas of waste generation under the umbrella project to create a zero-waste university. This includes the reduction of purchases, facilitated by re-use items such as furniture and stationery, and deploying Communal Recycling Stations to improve recycling uptake.

The International Green Awards are the leading global industry awards to showcase best practice examples of sustainability. Accredited by the RSA, the awards place an emphasis on responsible business practice and aim to showcase innovative and inspiring approaches to sustainability challenges. The School was the only university shortlisted alongside four international corporates in the Best Green 4R’s Award (Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, Recovery) category and was the only university shortlisted in the category. For more, see 

LSE’s Rethink was also shortlisted in the 2011 Green Gown Awards, which recognise UK universities and colleges for outstanding achievements in sustainability. The School was one of eight universities shortlisted in the ‘Promoting Positive Behaviour’ category. LSE has won two Green Gown Awards in previous years: for LSE 100 in the Curriculum category (2010) and the NAB in the Sustainable Buildings category (2009).

Dr Victoria Hands, environmental and sustainability manager at LSE, said: “It is great that LSE’s Rethink strategy has been shortlisted for both these awards. Our vision for the future is a zero-waste university campus and the only way we can effectively do this is to promote positive behaviour change. Rethink asks us to reduce, reuse and recycle waste into resources. If we ‘Rethink’, we pause and consider the impact of our actions and decisions on the environment and communities around us.”

A short film about LSE’s Rethink strategy can be viewed here.




• Green Impact - are you up to the challenge?

Now in its third year at LSE, Green Impact 2011-12 is currently being launched across the school with the support of Director Judith Rees, who wants every department to sign up to take the simple environmental and money-saving actions.

Last year 31 departments took part, involving 962 staff, of whom 140 were directly involved in a Green Impact committee. Twelve teams received Bronze Awards, 12 received Silver and 4 achieved Gold standard. An impressive 1,668 greening actions were completed – part of the nationwide Green Impact total of 19,620 greening actions.

This year, already 29 teams are signed up, including six academic departments, three research centres and five new teams. If your department has yet to sign up, why not call Louise Laker, the greener living assistant, to see what it involves?

Teams work through a series of tailored criteria to gain Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond Awards, which are presented at a Celebration of Sustainability at the end of summer term. Criteria include actions to reduce energy use, and waste – together responsible for the majority of LSE’s carbon emissions. Visit to sign up and register your team now.

For more information, contact greener living assistant Louise Laker at, visit the Green Impact website pages, or come to the weekly Green Impact drop-in session on Thursdays 1-2pm, New Court, MR10.




• LSE's Environmental Management System - an update

LSE is implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) to help deliver the Environmental Policy in everyday life. This includes a set of Environmental Action Plans, to tackle each area of our environmental impact - including energy, waste and transport - and set targets for improvement.

LSE was awarded EcoCampus Gold standard back in July, which certifies that the School has systems in place to manage all of its environmental impacts - from its carbon emissions to how the School would deal with an emergency oil spillage on campus.

The School is now aiming for EcoCampus Platinum in mid-2012. This will require us to monitor our impacts (eg. record the tonnage of waste disposed of per year) and review our own performance by carrying out internal environmental audits and reporting on them to senior management.

LSE will then have completed the full EMS cycle - plan, act, monitor, review - and will be able to achieve its target of full certification as an ISO 14001 organisation, an internationally recognised EMS standard.


• Reuse goes from strength to strength

Furniture reuse from campus and moves has increased 250 per cent in the last three years (from 2008-09 to 2010-11) and has diverted 23 tonnes from landfill equivalent, and saved 100 tonnes of CO2e and £88k in purchasing and waste disposal costs.

In a survey conducted with staff using LSE Stock, the School's reuse scheme, 82 per cent considered it a valuable service and 93 per cent said they were likely to participate again to reduce costs, delivery times and make a more sustainable choice.

LSE is piloting a reuse software called WARPit to promote the exchange, loan and giving of stationery, furniture and equipment within LSE. If items are not required within the School, they can be passed on to local reuse organisations. Register today at


• An update from the Students' Union's environment and ethics officer

Lois Clifton (pictured), the Students' Union environment and ethics officer, updates us on recent activities at the SU. "A lot has been going on at the School since the start of this academic year. We are in the process of making the roof garden, which is on the fifth floor of the East Building, into a winter herb garden. We wanted to make the garden more useful for students. It's difficult for students to go up and pull up veg so we thought that if we had herb bushes they could take snippets over winter! Some of the planned herbs are bay, rosemary, sage etc.  

"SU ReLove, a twice-termly fair selling ReLove items and organic, Fairtrade dried goods, has also raised £300 for charity so far and we have also made an ethical vegetarian recipe book, with the funds raised from both going to the East Africa Crisis Appeal. Recipes include Indian khichdi, fatoush, butter pie and stuffed peppers and anyone interested in copies can contact me.  The Only Way is Ethics is also doing fantastically - I'm currently in the process of writing policy so students and staff will be hearing more about this over the next term. If you would like to know more about the many things we have going on you can sign up to my Environment and Ethics mailing list by emailing me at"


• Why we're proud of our Communal Recycling Stations (CRS)

LSE's Communal Recycling Stations have been in operation across campus since July. We believe this to be the most comprehensive recycling system in the UK.

  • only sweet wrappers, crisp packets and polystyrene are sent to waste-to-energy;

  • mixed recycling includes all plastic, glass, cans, tins, paper and card;

  • food compost across campus includes all food and tissues.

Initial feedback survey results indicate that 73 per cent are satisfied/very satisfied with the design and aesthetics of the bins, and 78 per cent are satisfied/very satisfied with their signage and bin labelling; 86 per cent understand the waste streams and an average of 73 per cent are satisfied/very satisfied to be segregating waste.

Your participation and support is key to moving LSE towards Zero Waste. We would like to obtain your feedback on how the new system is working so if you've not already given your views, please take two minutes to answer this online survey.


• LSE literally goes green

The start of term saw the first Green Wall installed on the side of the Old Building in front of the fourth floor roof terrace.

So far the wall is weathering well and attracting insects which will improve biodiversity on campus and enhance the public realm. 




• LSE unveils the UK's first external food composting bins...perhaps!

This month saw a truly collaborative effort to get the external Communal Recycling Stations out across campus. We still need to verify this statement but the Sustainability Team think that LSE is the first university in the UK (perhaps the world) to offer external food composting bins across its campus.

So do keep an eye out for these snazzy new recycling stations and compost/recycle as appropriate. 




• Sustainable Projects Fund applications now open

The Sustainable Futures Society is inviting staff and students to apply for grants of up to £12,000 to carry out projects which increase environmental and social sustainability, both on campus and farther afield. This is the second year that grants are being awarded from the fund; last year's winners are in the process of building an insulating green roof and bringing urban beekeeping to the LSE campus.

This year, the application criteria have been changed to allow projects to be implemented outside the School in local communities and to grant funding for research projects that will ultimately increase sustainability.

Application forms and further details can be found online at Sustainable Futures will also be hosting an information session on Tuesday 10 January at 5pm in CLM 2.04.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2012. If you have questions or require more information, please contact


• Get a grip on your energy consumption with a HUMM monitor

Ever wondered what was using your power faster than a 100 watt light bulb? Keen to reduce the energy your Christmas turkey consumes in cooking, before you consume it? Why not give one of the Sustainability Team's HUMM electricity monitors a home for the festive season?

The Sustainability Team has three lonely HUMM monitors looking for good temporary homes. In return, the team would love to hear what effect increased awareness of your energy use has on your household. You'll be joining existing users who are already reaping the benefits of these clever energy monitors. Contact Dan Reeves at for more information. 


• Reusable internal envelopes

The Post Room wants to thank those staff who regularly chose to send internal mail using the School's reusable internal envelopes. Each envelope can be reused 40 times, which saves the School money and makes efficient use of resources.

Until further notice, Purchasing has placed a block on departments ordering new internal envelopes from our stationery supplier. If your department needs internal reusable envelopes, you can obtain these FREE - please email

You can also reuse ordinary envelopes both internally and externally by covering the frank mark and crossing out the previous recipient's address. When envelopes have been reused as much as possible, please recycling in your office paper recycling bin.


• Land Economist wants your news

The Land Economist, a joint blogging project of the LSESU Environment Society and Sustainable Futures, is looking for articles covering the upcoming Conference of the Parties meeting in Durban.

The blog will be launched at the beginning of next term and its editors are currently calling for creative and well-written opinion pieces, news articles and short stories. This will be a great opportunity to get your opinion heard on what promises to be an intellectually stimulating forum, which will be well advertised around the School. The deadline for articles is the first day of the Lent Term, Tuesday 10 January. Please send all submissions to


• Watch your butts…

London councils have recently introduced on-the-spot fines for litter-louts. Westminster Council alone sweeps 12 million cigarettes off the borough’s streets every year and, depending on the borough you’re in, fines range from £50 to £80, and apply in all public spacess, wherever you are. Failure to pay can lead to prosecution, and a fine of up to £2,500.

This includes gum and cigarette butts – so be sure to put your butts in the bin, or you might find that your rollie just cost the same as a Cuban cigar.


• LSE and the London Universities Environment Group 

The London Universities Environment Group (LUEG) is a network, reinvigorated and now co-chaired by LSE, that strives to improve sustainability on campuses across London.

Monthly workshops, usually hosted at LSE, address topics ranging from ICT energy efficiency to green roofs and biodiversity. Workshops this year have so far included:

  • Sustainable procurement: presentations from Defra and the Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence were attended by almost 40 people, including senior procurement staff from several institutions.

  • London Plan sustainability targets: the GLA explained the role of universities in achieving the Mayor's sustainability strategy

  • 'LIFE' (Learning in Future Environments): a new nationwide programme to benchmark universities' sustainability

  • Education for Sustainable Development: December's workshop will visit the Kingston University Sustainability Hub, which has successfully brought together their Estates Team with academic departments.

LUEG meetings also provide a great forum for environmental staff to network with peers and share best practice. For more on the LUEG, click here.


• Free fruit tubs

Catering staff have donated fruit tubs that have been adapted by Estates into special recycling points which are ideal for people needing storage boxes. Students and staff are welcome to pick up one free from the Fourth Floor Restaurant.

In an ideal world, the suppliers would want to take these tubs back and reuse them. If you think they should do this, or have a good idea for reusing these or other items of waste across the school, please get in touch with a member of the Sustainability Team.


• Better Bankside

Martyn Fisher of Capital Development at LSE attended the first meeting of the Better Bankside Energy Steering Group (BBESG), which includes IPC Media, the Tate, Motability Operations, Allies and Morrison, and the British Legion.

Better Bankside is the third Business Improvement District (BID) in the UK, the second in London and the first south of the river. A BID is an independent, business-owned and led company, which seeks to improve a given location for commercial activity. The BBESG has aspirations of purchasing energy as a local community, which may be of benefit to the School.

Better Bankside holds regular green networking drinks for local businesses and a variety of events for local residents. More details can be found at  

    Make a difference
Can you reduce carbon from London's buildings?

The Mayor of London has announced that students in further and higher education have the opportunity to apply for cash awards for their ideas to reduce the use of electricity and fossil fuels in London's homes and workplaces.

A total of £20,000 is available to help turn the best ideas into reality. The prize is open to all students in further and higher education institutions in Greater London. Students should complete the application form provided, outlining their project idea, budget and providing a strong case for funding. Proposals will be evaluated by a judging panel of experts from industry and academia who will be looking for commercially viable options with the potential for significant carbon reductions and return on investment over a reasonable period of time.

The closing date for submissions is midnight on Sunday 19 February 2012. Full details here


 LSE people


• A fond farewell to Chantal Beaudoin by Victoria Hands

Chantal Beaudoin, environmental compliance and sustainable waste officer, will be returning to Canada this Christmas having spent over three years encouraging LSE staff and students to rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle.

Chantal's enthusiasm has contributed to making LSE a leader in responsible waste management and a pioneer in moving towards zero waste. Her training and communications to staff, ranging from cleaners (often in Spanish), to academics, to bar staff, to maintenance teams, have been well received and have ensured that staff are clear on how they can dispose responsibly of unwanted items.

She implemented the 'Bin the Bin' and Communal Recycling Stations pilot in the NAB when it opened and her love of statistics enabled the creation of a robust business case which will see the School make significant savings now that the Communal Recycling Stations have been rolled out across the School. Colleagues will miss her bubbly personality - the ultimate tree hugger, we wish her well in all her future activities!



• Welcome to new members of the Sustainability Team

Three new members of staff have recently joined the Sustainability Team.

Jon Emmett joined as sustainability project officer in July. He was thrown in the deep end to work on the EcoCampus Gold Audit and is now focusing on the steps needed to reach Platinum and then ISO14001 by mid-2012. Jon graduated from UCL, in Environmental Systems Engineering, and worked for the University of East London on sustainability issues before starting at LSE.

Louise Laker joined the team as a part-time greener living assistant in October. She will implement the Green Impact project. Auditor training, which will include conducting peer audits of the Green Impact teams at LSE, will be available in the Lent term and again in early summer term as part of Green Impact so do get in touch if you are interested in expanding your CV with this free training. Louise is a recent English graduate from King's College London and has cycled round the UK providing training on climate change in schools.

Dan Reeves joined the team as residences sustainability officer in December. His first job will be to meet all the hall managers and ask how they are delivering the School's Environmental Policy and what the opportunities are for reducing environmental impact ahead of the ISO14001 audits next year. Dan graduated in Development Planning from the University of Reading and has worked at LSE since 2000, so has a wealth of knowledge on the workings of the School and how best to integrate sustainability.


 Green alumni


• Harriet Jackson  

In this new column we catch up with alumni involved in sustainable activities and find out how their time at LSE shaped their interest in sustainability. 

Harriet Jackson, Government and Economics BSc, was part of Sustainable Futures while at the School and now works leading oikos International from Switzerland

What were you studying while at LSE and what sustainable activities were you involved with while at the School?

I studied for a Government and Economics BSc, taking European and Environmental Economics modules wherever I could. While I was at LSE, I was part of the student society oikos London, a chapter of the international student organisation for sustainable economics and management. We focused on how business and economics could contribute to sustainability, rather than how they couldn't. Our projects included workshops on how to communicate climate change effectively, oil companies talking about their view of sustainable development, and simulation games on collective action, such as I was also part of Sustainable Futures, the LSE student sustainability consulting group, and just the other day I met the oikos London Alumnus who founded it around six years ago.

How has this interest in sustainability carried on since leaving LSE?
Because of the inspiring people I met and the topics we covered as oikos London, I decided that I wanted to continue promoting sustainability in economics further, so I went on to become the head of the international side of oikos, in Switzerland. Now that my term with oikos is over, I am going on to work at a sustainability strategy consultancy in Lausanne, and one day I would love to set up my own social business.

Did your time at LSE shape or support your work in sustainable development?
My time at LSE definitely shaped my work in sustainable development. When I arrived, I was surprised by how many students had no understanding at all of how their future careers would impact other people in society- and how little desire there was to find out. The energy and intelligence at LSE is phenomenal - we should use it to figure out how to tackle the massive global problems of depleting natural resources, increasing inequality, loss of biodiversity, poverty etc rather than purely making money. I started studying just at the beginning of the crisis, in October 2007, so people weren't questioning the status quo much, but even now I feel like some of the brightest minds don't appreciate what the world is heading for if we don't get our act together.

If you were to make one recommendation to current students and/or staff at LSE on sustainability, what would it be?
Choosing one recommendation for the LSE community about sustainability, I would say make sure you choose a career where you can be sure your kids will be proud of what you leave behind at the end of the day. If you succeed in that, then you're doing pretty well.


 Residences round-up


•  ReLove embraced by Halls of Residences

The annual ReLove fair ran over two days both on campus and at Bankside House with 40 student volunteers giving 125 hours of their time to prevent around 1.5 tonnes of items going to landfill and saving 14 tonnes of CO2e. ReLove also raised £2,000 which will be put into the LSE Sustainable Projects Fund.

LSE is famous for its end-of-term reuse scheme. From June to September 2011 the Halls Reuse project collected almost 10 tonnes of materials from the eight participating LSE Halls. Of this, eight tonnes was reused with one tonne of recycling and one tonne being waste-to-energy/landfill.  In total, this saved 115 tonnes of CO2. This is a 3 per cent increase in the amount of  reuse over 2010 figures.

The best performing Hall of Residence was Northumberland House, which saw a 39 per cent increase in donations. Passfield Hall is at the bottom of the table having seen a 44 per cent decrease in donations from last year.

Halls Total weight reused (kg)
Bankside -2%
Butlers Wharf 0%
High Holborn -4%
Rosebery Avenue Hall +28%
Northumberland +39%
Grosvenor House -3%
Carr-Saunders Hall -1%
Passfield Hall -44%
Total +3%



• Student Switch Off: reduce energy - donate unwanted items - win prizes!

Students living in halls will be encouraged to have fun in the dark this academic year by taking part in the Student Switch Off. Halls will compete against each other to come top of the class in energy efficiency and students can win amazing rewards for cutting carbon.

Last year, LSE students reduced carbon emissions by 128 tonnes, which is equivalent to leaving a 15 watt energy-saving light bulb on for 1,808 years or making 1,426 individual return flights from Manchester to London. The hall that saves the most energy by the end of the year will get a bespoke prize from the university to celebrate. Congratulations to Carr-Saunders Hall for stealing the show last year and winning a table-tennis table.

There will be loads of great prizes for energy saving actions every few weeks throughout the year - from Ben and Jerry's ice cream to club tickets and NUS extra cards. Make sure you 'like' the Student Switch-Off Facebook page to find out when these will be distributed.

The energy saving actions don't have to be big so please remember to switch lights and appliances off when not in use, put a lid on the pan when cooking, don't overfill the kettle and put an extra layer of clothing on instead of the heating if you can - it only takes a small change to make a big difference.

We are also expanding the ReLove scheme this year so students in halls can donate unwanted items throughout the year and get rewarded in exchange. Each hall of residence has a collection point where you can donate anything you want to get rid of to give them a new life and home. For each donation you get a chocolate bar from reception, and the hall that ReLoves the most per resident will win £250 to spend on something new for their common room.   


 60 Second Interview


with..... Professor Sam Fankhauser

I first came to LSE in 1989 to study for a Masters degree. LSE did not do much environmental economics back then so after an MSc in straight economics I moved to UCL for a PhD on the economics of climate change. I am now co-director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, so you'd be forgiven for thinking I have not branched out much. But the intervening 20 years have actually been quite diverse. I've worked in various international organisations and also had a brief stint in the private sector.

I returned to academia, and LSE, in 2008 when the Grantham Research Institute was established. It's great to be back and, unlike in 1989, there is a lot of interesting environmental economics going on now.

You are a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change. What does this entail?

The UK is one of only a few countries with legally binding greenhouse gas targets. Those targets are recommended and monitored by an independent body, the Committee on Climate Change. It is a bit like monetary policy: technocrats are trusted more than politicians to make credible long-term decisions. So we are a sort of Monetary Policy Committee for carbon, although nowhere near as influential.

Is any country tackling the impact of climate change in a particularly effective manner in comparison with the rest?

The UK is actually pretty good, at least on paper. We still have to step up on delivery, but the building blocks are in place. Other countries are active too. We recently did a survey in 16 countries and found 155 pieces of climate change-relevant legislation. Some of the most exciting stuff is happening in emerging markets like China, India and Brazil.

Personally, do you prefer colder or warmer weather and if you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?

I am not too fond of hot weather, as it happens. I can't remember when I last had a beach holiday. The last couple of summers we've spent in mid-Wales. It's a wild, wonderful place and you can be pretty sure you won't overheat. (It helps to be living with a native).

What advice would you give to new students coming to LSE?

Make sure you enjoy it. You will never have the same opportunity again to learn, explore ideas and be inspired by interesting people. LSE really is a unique place in this respect.

Is there anything you cannot do and would like to learn?

Too much to list it all. One area where I am at least making progress (I hope) is my yoga postures.

What is your favourite type of music?

I listen to a lot of different things, without much method or sophistication. If I want to be popular at home I put on a yodelling tape (yes tape) and think of Switzerland. That's where I'm from, although I am not really the homesick type.




• Want to know more?

If you have any questions about the sustainability work going on around campus or would like to become involved, why not contact one of the many Sustainability Champions who take active roles in the School's work in this area. A list of Staff Sustainability Champions is online here.