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LSE signs up for universities' global green charter

The London School of Economics and Political Science has joined other leading universities at the World Economic Forum in Davos to sign a charter which commits it to adopting sustainable policies.

the atmosphereLSE has joined Cambridge, Harvard, and other leading institutions in the 'Global University Leaders Forum' (GULF) in backing the Sustainable Campus Charter, which calls on universities to ensure that their operations, research, and teaching are sustainable. Sustainable policies may include reducing energy consumption and waste or ensuring that new buildings have a minimal negative impact on local environment.

The charter is maintained through a joint initiative by GULF and the 'International Sustainable Campus Network' (ISCN) and commits LSE to implement three key principles of sustainability. These are:

  • to make  sustainability a key consideration in the planning, construction, and operation of campus buildings;
  • to ensure environmental and social goals are included in campus development, master planning and institution targets;
  • to align the institution's core mission with sustainable development.

In signing this charter LSE has also agreed to set concrete, measurable goals to achieve these principles and to provide regular public reports on their performance.

The Director of LSE, Sir Howard Davies, who signed the charter in Davos, commented: 'From our world-class research on the impact of climate change to teaching the world's future thinkers and leaders, global institutions like LSE have a key role to play in promoting sustainability. But we also have a responsibility to practice what we preach and adopt sustainable campus policies which reflect this contribution.
'This Charter will complement the range of environmental initiatives which LSE is already undertaking and at the same time help us to share ideas and initiatives with other institutions across the world.'


For more information about the GULF/ISCN Charter please contact Michele Petochi on michele.petochi@weforum.org

For more information on LSE please contact the LSE press office on pressoffice@lse.ac.uk  or 020 7955 7417


1. The Global University Leader Forum (GULF) is convened by the World Economic Forum and brings together presidents from twenty-three universities around the world to address key issues for universities and society at large. Overall stewardship of the Charter process, and a leading role in disseminating the Charter among leaders in organizations of research and higher education, is provided by GULF. http://www.weforum.org/en/Communities/GlobalUniversityLeadersForum/index.htm

2. The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) facilitates a worldwide experience exchange between senior administration and faculty with responsibility for sustainability on the campuses of higher education or research institutions. The secretariat function for the Charter process is provided by the ISCN.

3. Joining the group of signatories of the ISCN/GULF Charter is open to any organisation involved in research or higher education that plans, builds, or maintains multi-building complexes dedicated to these activities anywhere in the world. By signing the Charter, an organization becomes a member of the ISCN Network. The organization's commitments to the Charter are valid until it withdraws its Charter endorsement. It can do so at any time by written notice to the Charter's secretariat provided by the ISCN.