Governance and reporting structure

The current structure is in flux with the Sustainability Advisory Group advising the School Management Committee.


The School is consulting with our stakeholders on what a strategic plan for sustainability at LSE for the next 10 years should look like. In 2019 a new group, the Sustainability Advisory Group (SustAG), was created to advise School Management Committee. At present the SustAG meet every month to discuss key sustainability issues. 

Our current governance may change as a result of the consultation and the widening scope of addressing sustainability across all areas of the School. See the diagram below for our current governance.


The Environmental Leadership Group meet annually to make strategic decisions, review performance and the Environmental & Energy Management Systems, and approve the annual report.  

In addition, the Environmental Management Team meets once a term to make senior decisions on operational issues. These in turn are delivered through plans managed by LSE teams with the most significant environmental impacts, such as Estates, IMT, the Students’ Union and others. 

We seek representation of the student body in our decision making. The LSESU Ethics and Environment Officer and LSESU Community and Welfare Officer are members on the Chairs Environmental Management Working Group who meet termly and report to the Environmental Management Team on progress and agree new initiatives.

All students and staff members are responsible for playing their part in the School's sustainability goals through their daily roles. 

Environmental & Energy Management Systems

LSE’s Environmental Sustainability and Energy Policies are embedded into everyday practice through an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) and ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS). 

We use these systems to manage our sustainability and energy impacts, setting performance targets and monitoring progress to demonstrate continual improvement. 

Our EMS has been ISO 14001 certified since July 2012, and our EnMS has been ISO 50001 certified since May 2015.  These are internationally recognised standards of EMS and EnMS respectively, which are awarded by independent external auditors, and re-assessed each year.