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LSE shortlisted for Sustainability Awards 2010

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Awards 2010 under the category Sustainable Client/Developer of the Year.

The Sustainability Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement in sustainability in the built environment and are a key benchmark for achieving best practice in the sector. The 2010 awards include new categories relating to green practice in construction and architecture.

As a major land owner and property developer in Central London, LSE is shortlisted under the Sustainable Client/Developer 2010 category. In its submission, the School highlighted the many sustainability activities in this area. These included: putting sustainability at the forefront of the briefs for the New Academic Building and New Students' Centre; investing £10m in carbon reduction projects to meet LSE's ambitious 57 per cent reduction by 2020; piloting green roof and solar thermal projects successfully; rolling out sustainable operation of buildings, including a zero landfill waste management system with communal recycling stations; hosting sustainability in practice lectures; establishing roof top gardens and installing bee hives. 

Julian Robinson, director of estates at LSE, said: 'Sustainability is a key factor in the decisions we make across LSE's estate and we are honoured to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. In the past 18 months LSE has opened the BREEAM 'Excellent' New Academic Building and the lessons learned from this project has enabled us to draw up a BREEAM 'Outstanding' brief for our forthcoming £36m New Students' Centre.'

Dr Victoria Hands, head of environmental sustainability at LSE, said: 'LSE's Environmental Policy includes objectives in the areas of construction and refurbishment and it is pleasing to see our work in this area recognised.'

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 30 November. For more on the Sustainability Awards 2010, see http://sustainabilityawards.building.co.uk/