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LSE launches reuse guide for halls of residence

Cover of Moving Towards Zero Waste: reuse guide for halls of residenceOn Tuesday 17 March, the London School of Economics is launching the Moving Towards Zero Waste: reuse guide for halls of residence.

At the launch, Professor Lord Stern will highlight how important waste minimisation is in tackling climate change. Peter Jones, head of London Waste and Recycling Group, and LSE director Howard Davies will encourage the university sector to make waste minimisation a key priority.

The award winning HEFCE Leadership, Governance and Management Fund (LGMF) project led by LSE's Environmental and Sustainability manager Victoria Hands, has already diverted 85 tonnes of unwanted items from landfill to reuse in less than one year, saving approximately 650 tonnes of C02 equivalent emissions. See Sustainability at LSE

The guide is based on best practice from eight universities in different English regions. It provides information on how to implement, improve and extend reuse schemes in student halls of residence and introduce reuse activities on campus. It is targeted at hall managers, accommodation officers and environmental managers as well as interested and active students who want to support their university with the implementation of reuse schemes. The School has worked closely with CRISP (Community Recycling in Southwark Project), TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) and a range of local reuse organisations ensure that unwanted items are diverted from landfill. This comprehensive guide is freely available online at: Sustainability at LSE

To mark the guide's launch, the School is hosting a workshop for London universities on 'How to Implement Reuse Schemes in Halls of Residence.' Dr Richard Anderson from CRISP will join the workshop presenters who include Richard Featherstone and Matthew Thomson from the LCRN (London Community Recycling Network).

Both the launch and workshop places have now been filled. During the day's events, a give and take event will also be held in the New Academic Building foyer. This is open to all LSE staff and students and will welcome donations of any unwanted, unused or unloved items such as textiles, stationery, books, and other small school and household items. Participants will also be able to reuse or relove any items they want.

A national workshop will be held at the EAUC Annual Conference in Warwick in early April. The eight HEFCE LGMF partners aim to provide a mentoring service to other universities and welcome expressions of interest from potential new partners.


For more information contact Chantal Beaudoin, LSE sustainable waste officer at c.beaudoin@lse.ac.uk


Sustainable LSE - http://www2.lse.ac.uk/sustainableLSE

National Recycling Award Best Waste Minimisation Project 2008 - http://www.nationalrecyclingawards.com/Winners.asp?m_pid=0&m_nid=31063

HEFCE LGMF - http://www.hefce.ac.uk/lgm/build/lgmfund/

EAUC - http://www.eauc.org.uk/home

LCRN - http://www.lcrn.org.uk/

CRISP - http://www.crispej.org.uk/

TRAID - http://www.traid.org.uk/

11 March 2009