- Building a Sustainability Culture: Using behavioural science to enhance and test LSE’s Sustainability e-module (Funds awarded: £1700)
Applicant: Anandita Sabherwal
Departments: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
Project Description: Modify the contents of the LSE sustainability e-module so that it not only educates, but also motivates students and staff to take sustainable action. Increase the reach of the module to the wider LSE community; and Quantitatively test the effects of the module on LSE’s sustainability culture and action, using 300 paid research participants.
- Earthrise Journal (Funds awarded: £357)
Applicants: Saskia Straub, Emily Douglas, Yasmina O’Sullivan
Departments: Department of Government, Department of Geography
Project Description: Earthrise Journal is a student-led environmental community and platform, founded at LSE. The journal is published four times a year, made up of contributions from students at LSE and other universities. These contributions can be poems, articles, photography, art, music playlists, and more. Their uniting feature is their expression of thoughts and feelings around the environment and environmental issues. The journal is included on school reading lists and active on social media.
Applicants: Kitty Thompson, Will Power, Ili Rahan, Johannes Rosebusch, Lucrezia Portigliatti
Departments: Geography & Environment, Economics & Government
Project Description: To focuses on cutting LSE’s food waste. By collaborating with key stakeholders at LSE and analysing current initiatives, this report suggests the following steps be taken: Engage in establishing external partnerships with sustainable, local organisations such as Too Good to Go and food waste conscious brands such as Square Root Soda. Strengthen existing protocol by formalising operations of LSE FoodCycle’s partnership with LSE Catering and LSE Volunteering.
- LSE Cycling Initiative (Funds awarded: £645)
Applicants: Jamie Riddick, Julia Schoenfeld, Jessica Smith, Jan Mlynarczyk
Departments: Geography, Economics, Law, History and Politics
Project Description: To increase sustainability and cut Scope 3 emissions by encouraging LSE students to cycle to campus. As well as significantly reducing carbon footprint, another key aim is to improve student mental health. Free cycling lessons to be offered to LSE students who lack the confidence to cycle around the busy streets of London. Free branded merchandise and a social event would also be offered alongside these lessons. The team would like to create route maps to help students travel safely to campus. Branded merchandise would be provided at lessons, at events and in the LSESU Shop, some given free.
- Freshers Fair Project (Funds awarded up to £5000)
Applicants: Michelle Soh, Nicole Jin, Fiona Tan
Departments: Geography, International Relations, Economics
Project Description: to increase sustainability at the LSE through the freshers’ fair initiative by reducing waste by going plastic- and paper-free by: Eliminating sales gimmicks and promotional flyers, recycling previous fairs’ materials, cancelling the contract with dig-in boxes for LSE halls, introducing guidelines for societies and external organisations to follow (to have a booth at the fair)...
- Fashion with a conscience: A Sustainable Fashion Show and documentary (Funds awarded: £550)
Applicants: Alice Rigo Saitta, Farzeen Shafe, Natalie Yum, Inay Inham, Thea Burguin
Departments: Sociology and Management
Project Description: Produce a Sustainable fashion show & documentary ‘Fashion with a Conscience’ to raise awareness of the fashion industry is a key source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Applicants: Thaïs Nuvoli, Carmen Lau, Jorge Stevenson, Martina Beleva
Departments: Geography & Environment, Government, Economics, Statistics
Project Description: To reduce single-use plastics purchased at LSE, eliminate plastic litter on campus and improve waste data collection. The project consists of three components:
1. Create a Zero Waste Shop section in the LSESU Store to provide zero waste alternatives of conventional products.
2. Purchase two ‘Ballot Bins’ to encourage disposing of cigarette butts properly instead of throwing them on the floor.
3. Provide a detailed waste audit on the contents of Mixed Recycling and General Waste bins across campus to enable a targeted waste reduction approach in the future.