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LSE gets 'double first' for environmental achievements

ISO 14001The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been recognised for its environmental achievements, with its Environmental Management System being awarded the internationally-recognised ISO 14001 status. In addition, the School has obtained a ‘Platinum’ award, the highest level of certification under the Higher Education-specific ‘Eco Campus’ system.

The School’s Environmental Management System (EMS) allows it to strategically manage its environmental impacts, by embedding sustainability policy into working practice across the campus, and monitoring progress to demonstrate continual improvement in performance.

LSE was assessed by an independent external auditor, Dr Margaret Rooney from consultants NQA. In recommending the School for certification, Dr Rooney commented in her audit report that: “Everyone interviewed during the four day audit was extremely enthusiastic and helpful. Commitment at senior levels is very clear, with... increasing emphasis on strategy and leadership in relation to the EMS.”

Martin Bolton, head of sustainability at LSE, said: “Respect for the environment is one of LSE's ten institutional values and commitments and it has been especially gratifying to see how colleagues across the School have worked hard to minimise our environmental impact and ensure we have robust auditing systems in place for the future.”

Julian Robinson, LSE's director of estates, said, “A great deal of work has gone into ensuring we have an effective Environmental Management System in place so I’m delighted LSE has been awarded this certification. Striving to achieve a positive environmental impact is a priority for the School, and the whole School community must continue play their part. The EMS will be key in enabling us to do this effectively.”

For more on LSE's Environmental Policy and its Environmental Management System, see here