Delivery and Decision-Making

The School has processes in place to support effective delivery and decision-making to deliver its sustainability ambitions. The LSE Sustainability Team coordinate the School's approach, working with teams across the LSE community. 

A number of committees and working groups (see graphic below) support delivery. We seek diverse views to inform our decision making, with both staff and student representation on sustainability groups. 

As part of our certified management systems, objectives are set and tracked using Action plans, including tracking delivery of our Sustainability Strategic Plan through an Implementation plan.

Decision-making 2020-21

Sustainability Advisory Group (SustAG)

The Sustainability Advisory Group (SustAG) coordinated the development of the new Sustainability Strategic Plan in consultation with the LSE community. SustAG has now been replaced with the Sustainability Leadership Board (below).

Sustainability Leadership Board (SustBoard)

The Sustainability Leadership Board, chaired by the LSE Director is the School’s most senior sustainability committee. Meeting termly and reporting to the School Management Committee (SMC), the Board is responsible for driving and monitoring the delivery of the School’s environmental Sustainability Strategic Plan.

Meeting dates

  • 30 June 2022 - progress tracker
    • The Eden Centre appointed a Programme Manager: Education for Sustainability in May, funded as part of the Education for Global Impact agenda. The role has been created to explore ways to embed sustainability and sustainable development in the curriculum.
    • Sustainability continues to be a key theme in research funding. Three projects have been funded (£50- 60K overall) across a range of departments.
    • LSE was a winner in the highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes 2021 and has now been invited to be part of a new innovative 12-month long programme – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Challenge - to create a roadmap for tertiary education to reach net zero.
    • LSE secured a £175 million Sustainable Private Placement for green and social projects at the School, including the development of a new building, the Firoz Lalji Global Hub at 35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This was externally communicated in April 2022.
    • The Society manages the Sustainable Projects Fund, which received application for 9 projects and the committee awarded a combined total of £18.300 to LSE staff and students led projects.
  • 2 March 2022 - progress tracker 
    • Received an update on the School’s obtaining carbon neutral status for 2020/21 and proposed approach for 2021/22.
    • Discussed progress against the Net Zero Carbon by 2030 target, and in particular heat electrification of campus and how sustainability is being embedded for the development at 35 Lincoln Inn’s Field.
    • Received an analysis of the People & Planet University ‘green’ League 2021, in which LSE climbed from 13th to 11th place.
    • Approved to pilot a Sustainability impact Assessment process, starting with the School Management Committee.
    • Noted the School’s new Sustainable Finance Framework, developed to support raising finance to fund sustainability projects.
    • Noted the plans for a consultation process in March to support the review of the Socially Responsible Investment policy.
    • Received progress updates across the six themes of the Sustainability Strategic Plan – see progress tracker
  • 28 October 2021 - progress tracker
    • Received an update on the environmental performance of the School (energy, water, travel, printing, etc).
    • Discussed how LSE could accelerate its contribution to the transition to Circular Economy, with representatives from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
    • Discussed work completed for LSE to become Carbon Neutral for 2020/21, and communications plan.
    • Reviewed progress across the 6 themes of the Sustainability Strategic Plan (Education, Research, Engagement and Leadership, Investment, Collaboration, Our School).
    • Discussed the proposed process and timetable for a review of the School’s Socially Responsible Investment policy.
  • 30 June 2021 - progress tracker
    • Received an update on the work of the sustainability team, including progress on the School’s pledge to become Carbon Neutral in 2020/21.
    • Approved for LSE to sign the Circular Economy Direction of Travel commitment for Higher Education in London.
    • Conducted the Annual Management Review of the School’s ISO 14001/50001 Environmental and Energy Management Systems.
    • Reviewed progress across the 6 themes of the Sustainability Strategic Plan (Education, Research, Engagement and Leadership, Investment, Collaboration, Our School).
    • Discussed and agreed next steps following a presentation by students of a responsible investment paper containing a set of recommendations.
  • 1 March 2021
    • Reviewed progress against the actions set at previous meeting.
    • Received progress updates from the Sustainability team, including the Sustainability Annual Report, development of the new Carbon Management Plan, and Circular Economy activities.
    • Received a presentation from Compensate, LSE carbon offsetting partner. Discussed how offsetting will continue to be an additional measure, our priority being carbon reductions. 
    • Reviewed progress on the implementation of the initiatives for the 6 themes of the Sustainability Strategic Plan (Education, Research, Engagement & Leadership, Investment, Collaboration).
    • Discussed next steps to accelerate progress on the Investment theme. 
    • Received updates on the sustainability work led by LSE students (LSESU and societies).
  • 26 November 2020 (First meeting)
    • Agreed Terms of Reference and membership.
    • Given a report on the Sustainability Strategic Plan launch supporting communications and the positive response received (LSE community, media...)
    • Received an update on work under way to further engage with the LSE Alumni community.
    • Received and discussed a detailed update on the current development of a new Carbon Management Plan to support the School's net-zero targets.
    • Discussed its process to monitor the delivery of the initiatives (Implementation Plan) supporting the Sustainability Strategic Plan.
    • Received an update from the LSESU and the Sustainable Futures Society on a number of student-led initiatives including Green Week.
    • Discussed next steps for the publication of the Annual Sustainability Report 2019/20.
    • Discussed any other businesses raised, in particular next steps in the implementation of the Investment theme of the Sustainability Strategic Plan.

Sustainability Operations Group (SustOps)

The Sustainability Operations Group is chaired by the Director of Estates. Meeting termly, the Group reports to the Sustainability Leadership Board. SustOps provides top level management for the Operations strand of the Sustainability Strategic Plan, covering LSE’s direct environmental and energy impacts. 

Environmental Working Groups

Sustainability working groups and lead contacts

 Groups Key contact

Estates Environmental Working Group

Catering Environmental Working Group

Residences Environmental Working Group

Dan Reeves, Residences Sustainability Officer,

Students Environmental Working Group

DTS and Sustainability - virtual group

Cycle User Group

Cate Henderson,