Sustainable Projects Fund



The Sustainable Projects Fund The Sustainable Projects Fund
The Sustainable Projects Fund is an annual £20,000 fund managed by the Sustainable Futures Society. It is supported by by a tax on all single use plastic bottles sold on campus. Watch this to understand what the Fund is all about!


The Sustainable Projects Fund provides funding to 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, professional services staff and the Director of Estates.

Submit your application around December/January each year. 

Visit the LSESU Sustainable Futures Society website or contact the society by e-mail at or for more information.

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:


Winning projects in 2019/20

  • Welcome Week Halls Auctions 

Applicant: Amir Mirzaei
Department: Economics                                                                        Funds awarded: £600

Project Description: Holding auctions at the start of every academic year at multiple undergraduate halls of residence to reuse and recycle second-hand items instead of throwing them away – has been running at Bankside for past two years.  

  • LSESU Marine Society Expedition: exploring environmental policies for The Blue New Deal

Applicants: Grace Chapman, Alice Bessonnet, Julius Koschnick
Departments: Economic & International History, 
Geography & Environment                                                                    Funds awarded: £2514

Project Description: During a sustainable sailing expedition of one week in Scotland, in collaboration with Sail Britain, an interdisciplinary arts/science project working towards positive change for the oceans, we want to understand the local implications of climate change for the ocean in order to inform policy proposals. A ‘think tank’ for the ocean made on the ocean, titled “The Blue New Deal”.  

  • LSE Enactus Vita Nova Tote Bags 

Applicant: Saachin Sivakumar
Department: Accounting                                                                       Funds awarded: £530

Project Description: To tackle the issue of waste reduction and fast fashion by collecting unwanted/wasted t-shirts and starting an upcycling project in which, these clothes are turned into tote bags. We then aim to sell the bags to students, local communities, retailers to reduce plastic consumption.

  • LSE Sustainability Research Podcasts

Applicant: Felix Koninx
Department: Geography                                                                        Funds awarded: £385

Project Description: To produce and release LSE Sustainability Research Podcasts that showcase the cutting-edge sustainability research undertaken by LSE departments and its affiliate organisations (consisting 20-30 min interviews with Dept/Inst researchers).  

  • Sustainability for Everyone

Applicant: Rhys Clarke (PSS Staff)
Department: LSE Human Resources/Finance Divisions                       Funds awarded: £1000

Project Description: HR/Finance Green Impact Team are looking to encompass the ‘LSE for Everyone’ theme from 2030 Strategy into their NUS Green Impact project. They plan to arrange a charity day of planting trees and bushes in a local public space (Stave Hill, Rotherhithe). Working with LSE Student Volunteering Service, 10 students and 10 members of HR/Finance staff will come together for this sustainable cause.  The staff working in these divisions would not normally have any student interaction, so this is also an added benefit to engage with other members of the School community.  

Winning projects in 2018/19

  • Green Impact Projects

Applicant: Katie Rees
Department: LSE Sustainability Team                                                     Funds awarded: £3000

Project Description: The project aims to enable the creation of staff initiatives within LSE departments to improve the sustainability of their operations. The projects are to go through an evaluation process similar to the Sustainable Futures Fund - overseen by the qualified sustainability team - and be allocated the funds earmarked for such projects by the fund. 

  • Keep Cups

Applicant: Karen Agathe-Hilton 
Department: LSE Catering                                                                      Funds awarded: £5000

Project Description: Continuing the existing Keep cup initiative of the catering department that has already yielded important reductions in disposable cup usage. The funding would help sustain the scheme during the 2019-2020 academic year and likely enable the expansion of reusable cups at the LSE. The scheme would build on an existing initiative that has a proven track-record. 

  • LSE Reuse Kits

Applicants: Alex Davis, Ahsan Syed
Department: MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation                          Funds awarded: £500

Project Description: Including re-usable items in the introductory bags that incoming undergraduates receive. This project aims to expose students early to more sustainable behaviour, hoping that this will increase the likelihood of them sustaining such behaviour throughout their time at LSE.

  • LSSea/Bog Standard

Applicant: Harriet Freeman 
Department: MSc International Political Economy                                  Funds awarded: £3000

Project Description: Organising a campaign at LSE and its Halls of Residence to raise awareness around the implications of having plastic debris in our oceans. The campaign would focus on consequences of 'toilet disposal of the Unflushables' and would give a concert advice to students on how to avoid this harmful behaviour. The campaign would consist of research, workshops and screenings.

  • Sailing Expedition: Social Sciences meets sailing – An investigation into plastic pollution

Applicant: LSESU Marine Society 
Department: LSESU Marine Society                                                        Funds awarded: £1500

Project Description: Organising a zero-carbon expedition format in collaboration with Sail Britain to conduct an investigation on Plastic Pollution along the British Coastlines. Aim is to provide students with a first-hand understanding of the impact of climate change and plastic pollution on the local environment.

  • Water Taps – Passfield Hall

Applicants: Ser Jin Tan, Yi Wei Cheong and Dene Donkin
Department: SFS Students Working with Estates Division 
Funds awarded: Estates Financed

Project Description: Replacing the compression taps with sensor taps in order to reduce water waste. Although the large scale objective would be to implement this in all halls, the project proposed a pilot to start at Bankside House in shared rooms (limiting to 50 taps as a starting point). Estates maintenance had informed that taps need to comply with WRAS standards and a pilot at Passfield House could be used to assess the benefits noted after 3 months and costings and water savings reported and utility bill comparisons.

  • EMSOL (Emissions Solutions Limited)

Applicants: Yann Schremmer, Ethan Stratford and Freddie Talberg
Department: SFS Students Working with Estates Division, EMSOL and MACE 
Funds awarded: Estates and MACE Financed 

Project Description: Setting up a single air quality sensor, noise sensor and two location antenna with 40 BLE tags for tagging vehicles of any site machinery.  The monitoring scheme would be targeting the Marshall construction site. The company proposes to study whether the traffic at the site is leading to a breach of emission targets that the LSE has set and identifying which vehicles are doing so. Thus, it builds upon ongoing efforts by the Estates Division to monitor pollution and enhances these efforts by enabling remediate action to change harmful transport behaviour.

Winning projects in 2017/18

  • Green Impact

Applicant: Katie Rees 
Department: Estates Sustainability                                                         Funds awarded: £3000

Project description: Support the Green impact sustainability engagement programme by setting up a competition between teams of LSE staff to collect points by creating and implementing sustainability focused projects. The requested money to be distributed to the various Green Impact teams.

  • Greenomics

Applicants: Akshita Singla and Sukti Ghosh
Department: International Employment Relations                              Funds awarded: £2000 

Project Description: Component one is a communication and education campaign to educate students about how their everyday actions are contributing to their carbon footprints and making small, quantifiable changes to improve it.  Component two is setting up a Greenomics upcycle bartering store enabling students to exchange their used unwanted clothes and portable items, thus reducing waste.  Students would be encouraged to volunteer at the store.

  • We Say No to Single Use

Applicant: Patricia Yague Garcia
Department: Geography and Environment                                             Funds awarded: £2000

Project Description: Part one to raise awareness by designing and framing two permanent posters in all cafeterias explaining the threat of single-use plastics and offering tips on avoiding it.  Part two Waste reduction all LSE cafeterias to sell reusable cups, cutlery, bags and provide students with the means to avoid single –use plastics.  Also extending the 10p plastic bottle tax to plastic bags and cutlery. 

  • Plastic is Caustic

Applicant: Priyanka Roychoudhury
Department: Economics                                                                        Funds awarded: £2000

Project Description: Long term project aiming to make LSE a ‘no single-use plastic zone’ Phase one: researching and understanding current usage of single-use plastics on campus/in halls.  Phase two: using Phase One findings to create communication strategy to inform people of the harms of single–use plastics. Phase Three using targeted methods to hep student reduce the use of single – plastics, i.e. reusable straws, filtered water taps, encourage use of reusable items, the Hare Krishna stall etc.

  • Second Life Festival

Applicants: Eleonora Moro, Kruti Munot, Oceane Balbinot-Vial
Department: Geography and Environment                                             Funds awarded £1500

Project Description: Establishing a bi-termly event called ‘Second Life Festival’ to create a circular economy-based, reuse-focused student community on campus, creating a space where students can sell unwanted items, buy things on a student budget, and learn more about the environmental and social cost of fast fashion and disposable item culture.

  • Shaw Shoots

Applicants: Sue Parsons and Dan Reeves (PSS Staff)
Department: Estates Sustainability                                                        Funds awarded £2015

Project Description: To enhance the provision of facilities for rooftop planting on the terraces outside the Shaw Library, allowing staff and students to plant vegetables, herbs and pollinating plants. Involves replacing existing wood planters with recycled plastic ones.

Winning projects in 2016/17

  • Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) Conference 2017            Funds awarded £500

Applicants: Friedericke Doebbe
Department: Geography and Environment

Project Description: Organising the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2017.  This one-day cross-university conference for London students would focus on the topic of the ‘Green Economy’ and discuss the challenges arising due to Brexit. The conference is to be held at the Cass Business School 7th April.

  • Tackling Food waste at source: wonky fruit and veg into LSE catering                                                                                              Funds awarded £250

Applicants: Helena O’Rourke-Potocki
Department: Geography and Environment

Project Description: Creating partnerships between fruit and veg suppliers in the UK and LSE catering to buy wonky fruit and vegetables at a reduced price, in order to decrease the costs for LSE catering and reduce food waste of misshaped produce being disregarded for aesthetic reasons.

  • Reusable Coffee Cup-Share Programme/Keep Cup Subsidy         Funds awarded £2000

Applicants: Leonie Meier
Department: Geography and Environment

Project Description: The initial proposal was to establish a reusable cup sharing programme in all catering outlets. Staff and students would pay a deposit on the cup which would be returned when the cup is returned. The SPF Committee felt that, due to logistics, supporting the existing Keep Cup scheme with a £2000 subsidy reducing each Keep Cup cost to £5 would be a more effective approach and this was passed.

  • Sustainability for Dummies                                                          Funds awarded £1,471.79

Applicants: Julienne Lam and Sallyann Tingle
Department: Social Psychology

Project Description: Multi-media campaign (narrative video and pdf) targeted at students teaching how to live sustainably at LSE. Themes focus on eating, recycling, energy and shopping. Funds requested for filming equipment, software and editing tools.

  • The Great Outdoors with London Wildlife Trust                                Funds awarded £450

Applicants: Ash Butt, Anthony King, Maria Schlegel (PSS Staff)
Department: Social Policy NUS Green Impact Team

Project Description: Green Impact team project to take 15 staff volunteers for a half day of conservation work with London Wildlife Trust. Funds requested to pay for London Wildlife Trust costs per person.

  • Carbon budgets for LSE staff travel                                               Funds awarded up to £1,000

Applicants: Dr Erica L Thompson (Faculty Staff)
Department: Statistics (CATS)

Project Description: Implementing a carbon budget for all staff travel on LSE business. Funds requested to pay for student helpers to set up scheme, venue hire and catering for a launch, and other admin costs.

  • Observation Beehive and Pollinator Garden                                      Funds awarded £875

Applicants: Sroyon Mukherjee
Department: Law

Project Description: Acquire a new beehive with observation windows to house a small colony of bees who are now ready to move. Funds also requested to develop the roof gardens to provide additional sources of pollen and replace shrubs which died off over winter. New planting would support the bee colony and other pollinators in an urban environment where sources of pollen are scarce.

Winning projects in 2015/16

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.


Winning projects in 2014/15

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.

LSEats: £700

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.

Winning Projects in 2013/14

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. 

Clare Market Review Distribution Stands: £1250

Undergraduate students Edward Bayes & Annie Leonard Law were awarded funding to source sustainable distribution stands for the Clare Market Review. 

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. 

Winning projects in 2012/13

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.