Celebration of Sustainability 2011

I am encouraged to see the progress we are continuously making as a school to reduce our environmental impact.
Julia Black, Interim Director LSE


The LSE Celebration of Sustainability 2011, was held on Thursday 24th March as a special tribute to all the sustainability initiatives that the School has participated in over the last year and award the wonderful achievements of LSE staff and students.

Over 70 people attended the event which was hosted by Helen Craig, LSE Greener Living Assistant. Speakers included LSE Pro-director Professor Janet Hartley, Joanna Romanowicz from Green Impact and Emily Thompson-Bell from Student Switch Off.


Green Impact Results 

Working Towards Bronze

  • Graduate Admissions
  • Northumberland House
  • Department of International Development
  • Passfield halls


  • Postroom
  • PCPD – Queens House
  • Butlers Wharf
  • Grantham Institute
  • Department of Government
  • Department of Geography and Environment
  • Bankside House
  • Gender Institute
  • Summer School
  • Grosvenor House


  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Language Centre
  • Design Unit
  • Carr Saunders
  • Student Union
  • Library
  • Roseberry Hall
  • Finance Division
  • Careers Service
  • IT Services


  • Catering Services
  • New Court (top scoring team)
  • Human Resources
  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Office Depot Innovation Award

  • Department of Government

Best Energy Saving Idea Award

  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Environmental Hero Award

  • Sue Kirkbride, Department of Economics


Student Switch off Winners

  • Carr Saunders saved the most energy per resident and cut their electricity usage by 17%.

  • Over this academic year energy usage in halls reduced by 6.5% compared to the average of the last few years and collectively reduced carbon emissions by 83 tonnes. There are over 450 Eco-Power Rangers in halls of residence who have been switching off lights and appliances when not in use, putting lids on pans when cooking and not overfilling their kettles.

Sustainable Projects Fund

The Sustainable Futures society is pleased to announce the winning applicants for the Sustainable Project Fund grants. This is the first year that students and staff have been invited to apply for awards of up to £10,000 to contribute to increasing the sustainability of the LSE.

The sustainable projects fund is supplied by the revenue created by the Water Bottle Tax, which sees 10 pence put aside for every bottle of water purchased on campus.

Three projects were chosen to be awarded funding out of a total of nine project applications:

  • Oliver Scialom, Stanislas Bic and Sidhart Gopalan were awarded £5,000 for their "Green Roof" project. This will see a roof on one of the buildings on campus covered by soil and planted with moss and wildflower species
  • Elisa De Denaro Vieira and Julia Hug were awarded £2,500 to install beehives on another rooftop of the LSE, similar to those seen already at Passfield Hall.
  • Lois Clifton was awarded £500 for the "Roof Garden", which was launched earlier this year, to ensure funds for the future. The roof garden will grow vegetables that will be sold in the Union.

Their projects were chosen because they were perceived to be sustainable, achievable, additional and long-lasting. They satisfied criteria of carbon management, biodiversity, waste reduction and increasing education and awareness about sustainable issues to the LSE.

For more information about the society, please go to the Sustainable Futures society webpage



To view the photos from the Celebration of Sustainability event, click here!

To view all the Sustainability Team's photos, please visit our Flickr webpage.

All photographs for this event were taken by Nigel Stead (Photographer, LSE)