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LSE maintains its First in People & Planet Green League

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has today been awarded a First for its environmental and ethical performance in the People & Planet Green League 2012.

This is the fourth year LSE has achieved a First in the Green League. The School is ranked at no 42 out of 145 participating universities. LSE ranks as joint second of the Russell Group universities and joint third of all universities in London. The School's position has declined from 22nd place in the 2011 tables.

The Green League, published in today's Guardian, is People & Planet's award winning environmental ranking of the UK's universities. Universities are ranked against 13 environmental policy and performance-related criteria, including environmental policy, carbon management, ethical procurement and staff and student engagement.

This year 'the bar was set higher than ever… Overall the results show real and sustained sectorial progress, from a 4 per cent carbon reduction compared to last year, to double the number of universities integrating sustainability into the curriculum and finding creative ways to engage staff and students in sustainability' write People & Planet.

LSE Director Judith Rees said: 'It is encouraging that LSE has maintained its First for the fourth year in a row so my thanks go to the committed staff and students whose actions have made this possible. The fact that we have slipped in the rankings, however, highlights the fact that we still face significant challenges. If we are to meet both our own, and government, targets, the whole School community must play their part. I hope that everyone will continue to bear in mind the importance of working as sustainably as possible for the future.'

To see the full tables, visit http://peopleandplanet.org/green-league-2012/tables.