Donations to the Sustainable LSE Fund and money raised from a 10p ‘tax’ on bottled water sold on campus support a range of innovative initiatives to promote and advance sustainability at LSE.
Every year, students and staff are encouraged to submit environmental projects and apply for funding. The competition is run by the LSESU Sustainable Futures Society with support from LSE's Sustainability team and funding is awarded annually by an independent judging panel including students, senior academics, sustainability experts, the Director of LSE Estates and the Pro Director for Education.
This year’s winning projects are shining examples of LSE’s community efforts to create a more sustainable world:
- The Building a Sustainability Culture Initiative uses behavioural science to enhance LSE’s Sustainability e-module so that it not only educates, but also motivates students and staff to take sustainable action.
- Earthrise Journal is a student-led environmental community and platform to share thoughts and feelings around environmental issues. It’s published four times a year and includes contributions from students at LSE and at other universities.
- The Great Food Fight focuses on cutting LSE’s food waste, collaborating with key stakeholders at the School as well as establishing partnerships with sustainable local organisations and food waste conscious brands.
- The LSE Cycling Initiative encourages LSE students to cycle to campus to reduce carbon footprint and improve their mental health. It includes free cycling lessons for students lacking confidence to cycle around the busy streets of London.
- The Freshers Fair Project works to reduce waste during Freshers Week, encouraging all participants to go going plastic- and paper-free.
- Fashion with a conscience is a documentary that raises awareness of the environmental impact of the fashion industry, one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Great Plastic Divestment focuses on reducing single-use plastics purchased at LSE, eliminating plastic litter on campus and improving waste data collection.
If you’re interested in supporting environmental community projects at LSE, please donate now to the Sustainable LSE Fund.