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					Council 26 June 2007

CL/67

Annual Progress report on implementation of LSE Environmental Policy
Purpose To inform Council of progress over last year and identify priorities for the following year. Full details of activities are available at the Environment website www.lse.ac.uk/collections/environment Overview The LSE is now • Employing a full-time Environmental & Sustainability Manager • Chair of the Bloomsbury Environment Group and Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) South East regional group • Undertaking energy efficiency projects as part of its Carbon Management Strategy and Implementation Plan (drawn up as part of the Carbon Trust HE programme) • Featured in the Mayor of London’s Climate Change Action Plan (on p69) • One of 10 members of HEFCE funded EcoCampus project, piloting the establishment of an Environmental Management System for the sector leading to ISO14001 accreditation • Recycling 30% (average) and installing additional facilities with monies from Annual Fund • The leading university in London for sustainable development according to People & nd Planet’s June 2007 Green League. With an overall ranking of 22 out of 117 institutions • Short-listed runner up for the Times Higher Education Supplement’s (THES) outstanding contribution to sustainable development for reuse activities • In receipt of £86k from HEFCE’s Leadership Governance and Management Fund (LGMF), to share best practice on reuse activities with 5 English HE institutions • Supported by 60 staff and 50 student halls of residence Sustainability Champions • Shaping DEFRA’s Carbon Reduction Commitment policy which will apply to LSE from 2009 • Host for the second time of the only collaborative Climate Change Conference with NGO Campaign for Climate Change bringing academics, politicians and campaigners togther Progress The LSE Environmental Policy indicates 13 areas of action, progress is reported below: 1 Urban environment • A Sustainable Landscaping Strategy is being undertaken with monies from the Annual Fund to identify potential for roof garden, green roof, green wall, water recycling and other sustainable and aesthetically pleasing projects, for future sponsorship 2 New buildings • The NAB is on target to achieve BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ 3 Existing buildings • Refurbishment of building specifications are being reviewed to offer and favour environmentally friendly products and ensure correct waste disposal 4 Purchasing policies (including Contractors below) • LSE now sends and receives all tender documents electronically saving the environmental impact of both paper and travel and setting an example to suppliers • In collaboration with main stationery supplier, we are piloting then rolling-out an automated switch over to environmentally preferable stationery products, reduced delivery schedules, packaging returns & paperless billing but maintaining quality and price parity 5 Waste management • End-of-term reuse schemes in halls of residence continue • 7 tonnes of unwanted books were donated to Rwandan universities • Purchasing of packaged items is being reviewed in particular with ITS and Catering

6 Water management • LSE shares best practice on the installation of waterless urinals with other institutions • Installation of electronic timer taps as building refurbishment is due 7 Energy management • Energy wastage is being minimised through the installation of voltage reduction units, insulation and energy efficient lamps • IT Services Environment Working Group established to address ‘cyberwarming’issue • Established ring fenced energy fund and ready to apply for external funding in Sept 2007 • FGPC has agreed a first phase budget of £468k for energy efficiency measures to deliver the LSE Carbon Management Strategy and Implementation Plan • Future phases will respond to DEFRA’s Carbon Reduction Commitment • 8 Travel • Travel Plan Survey conducted March 2007 (200 responses) showing high use of public transport, bicycles and walking to commute to LSE • FGPC agreed the installation of 67 additional cycle parking spaces and shower facilities 9 Contractors – see Purchasing (above) 10 Local communities • Collaboration with local We Are What We Do group for Adult Learners Week 11 Communications • News & Views special to mark World Environment Day 5 June 2007 • Awareness raising at Staff Briefings and departmental meetings • Website improvements and development of Sustainable LSE brand • Key performance indicators fed into LSE Strategic Plan 12 Reporting • EcoCampus review showed good progress to Bronze award, to be completed by year end • (Business In The Community) BITC Environment Index trialled and identified need for mainstreamed Environmental Management System (EMS) • People & Planet Green League awarded LSE a 2:1 for sustainability, an EMS will move LSE to a First in 2007/08 but this may require additional human resource • LSE SU awarded Bronze award for sustainability by NUS Sound Impact 13 Shaping public policy • Sharing best practice (eg: on reuse/water saving/waste) with relevant bodies • Giving the LSE view on DEFRA’s Carbon Reduction Commitment consultations • Collaborative Climate Change Conference with NGOs, MPs and leading academics Priorities for 2007/08 Mainstreaming and Accountability • To establish new Environment Working Groups on specific high-impact areas (eg: ITS, Catering, Library etc) to feed into a revised Environmental Management Review Group in the form of a new Sustainable LSE Advisory Group • To integrate sustainable development within all staff roles and responsibilities • To educate and encourage sustainable lifestyle choices • To promote leadership with the support of an enhanced communications strategy Action Required Council is invited to note progress and give their views on the priorities for the next year.

Victoria Hands Environmental and Sustainability Manager 1 June 2007


				
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