The Sustainable Projects Fund is an LSE prize-fund for student and staff-led projects that enhance sustainability at LSE. It is run by the LSESU Sustainable Futures Society. The money comes from a 10p ‘tax’ on bottled water sold by LSE Catering, as well as sales of items from the ReLove reuse fair. Funds are awarded annually by an independent judging panel including students, senior academics and the Director of Estates.
Up to £20,000 is available to be won each year. For more information on the Fund, making an application, and about the winning projects, visit the LSESU Sustainable Futures Society website or contact the society by e-mail at email@example.com
Previous year's projects include the installations of bike maintenance stands, a green roof and live energy displays. View some of the previous winners below:
Sustainable Crafts Workshop: £103.80
The LSESU Crafts Society hosted a workshop for students to create their own herb gardens out of small reused pots and jars.
Tackling Meat Consumption Research: £250
Korinna Jorling used the Garrick canteen as a 'living lab' for her MSc dissertation, which investigated the effect on meat consumption of varying the position of vegetarian dishes.
'Climate Change and Energy: A Sustainable Future' Conference: £1,120
The LSESU China Society hosted a conference which was attended by over 200 participants, discussing the sustainability issues facing China as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and debating China’s ability to reconcile economic growth with environmental objectives.
LSE Bike User Group: £1000
This project is the first stage of setting up an LSE Bike User Group (BUG) which aims to create a LSE cycling community and improve campus facilities. The funding supported a survey to gauge what BUG should prioritise.
Nectar Rich Flower Boxes: £734
Plant nectar-rich shrubs were planted on the roof of St Clements including Jasmine, Lavender and Potentilla. These plants provide forage for the bees to feed on and increase the visibility of the existing green roof.
Visual Energy Reporting: £4941.31
This project is a school-wide energy consumption reporting system. It will display the most up to date energy consumption data that the school holds for each building on the pre-existing plasma info screens around campus.
'Sustainability and Finance' Oikos Conference: £1001
The Oikos Student Society organised a conference discussing ‘How the structure of financial system is detrimental to its own sustainability and environmental sustainability’.
LSE Biochar: £350
This project was awarded funding to start using biochar, which is a charcoal soil amendment. It will be used to boost soil fertility in LSE roof gardens.
A group of students won funding to create a cookbook that focuses on local and seasonal food. The publication can be viewed online here, and was distributed free of charge at the LSE and at LSE Halls of Residence.
Sidney Webb Biodiversity Projects: £3000 - 6000 (dependent on match funding)
Students won money to improve the biodiversity in the garden of Sidney Webb Halls. The designs include beach trees and flower beds.
Sculptural Drinking Water Fountain: £2000
The LSE catering group were awarded funding to offer an additional drinking fountain on campus. Environmental and water use issues will be incorporated into the designs of the fountain.
The Cycle Recycle Initiative: £2725
Oliver Norman, Alex Readford, Indo Vickerson, Alex Fyfe, Hary Doe, Adriana Melchor, Jakub Pawlowski, Ranny Wei and Alex Leung's initiative involved purchasing second-hand bikes to create a shared pool of bicycles at Rosebury Hall.
Green Roof: £10,000
Professor Teddy Brett & Professor Cathy Boon, staff from the Department of International Development won funding for their idea of installing a green roof on the top of St Clements.
Study of LSE Smart Mugs Use: £941.98
Laura Ancian, a masters student, was awarded funding for her study which seeks to understand student behaviour with LSE Smart Mugs and seeks to identify ways to encourage increased use of the LSE Smart Mugs.
Parasitical Energy Harvesting
Undergraduate student Oliver Lysaght's idea was to use parasitical energy tiles installed on pavements to harvest people's footsteps. Unfortunately, as the project progressed it became apparent that the produce required to harvest the energy is not currently economically viable. The project may be revised once the product has mature on the market, but for now it has been put on hold.
Sustainable Maths Curriculum: £3,000
Staff and students in the Department of Mathematics - David Scott, Tugkan Batu, Jackie Everid, Rebecca Lumb, Mathieu Dubois, James Ward and James Abdey - won funds to introduce sustainability into the maths curriculum.
Bike Maintenance Project: £1,200
Undergraduate student Oliver Lysaght won funding to introduce two bicycle maintenance work stations in the NAB and Towers. The project supports cyclists with a convenient way to keep their bikes on the road.
Passfield Hall Garden: £6,000
Passfield Hall residents Laura Ehrich, Margaux Wehr, Clementine Starling, Jodie Brown, and warden Richard Perkins received money to increase biodiveristy in the existing garden and to develop the space for the benefit of residents.
Sustainability Communications: £500
Student team Anna-Lisa Werner, Herbert de Lima, Julia Sausen and Jane Alves, researched ways of communicating sustainabililty at LSE.
Online Market-place: £2,000
Postgraduate students Soumo Ghosh and Alice Atunes received funding to develop a new website, 'Houghton Street Market', for staff and students at LSE to exchange items. The project aimed to reduce waste and create a culture of reuse at LSE.
Timeless Ethical Costumes: £700
Undergraduate Hari Ramakrishnan received funding to source costumes for the next Timeless student production from an ethical and socially responsible supplier.