Sustainability Fund

 

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

Applications for the fund are now open. You must submit an application form to s.futures@lsesu.org by Friday 21st February 2020.

Visit the society website https://www.sustainablefuturessocietylse.com/the-sustainable-projects-fund.html if you want to find more information. Or you can attend a project workshop in which the committee help improve and facilitate your ideas!

 

What is the criteria?

 

The sustainable projects fund aims to advance sustainability at the LSE and increase the engagement of LSE students and staff in making the campus more sustainable. Any project broadly defined as achieving these goals is eligible for funding.

The Sustainable Futures Society place emphasis on:

  • Carbon management 
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste reduction
  • Sustainable Water/Energy use
  • Education and awareness
  • Wellbeing

For example, the fund has played an integral role in; the introduction of Smart Mugs on campus; the Plaza Cafe Green Roof; the creation of beekeeping society and the beehives LSE maintains; ensuring all printers are set to print double-sided sheets by default; collaborating with a private enterprise to monitor pollution levels on the construction site for the Marshall building; funding the ongoing awareness campaign ‘LS-Sea’; and retrofitting Passfield halls with sensor toilets to conserve water. 

 

Where does the money come from?

The Sustainable Projects Fund is funded with revenue from the Water Bottle Tax. This tax was introduced on campus in 2008. 

 

 

Target Audience

Projects should aim to enhance sustainability on campus and engage the LSE student and staff body. While wider London projects are welcome, applicants should discuss these ideas with the Sustainable Futures Committee first.

 

Budgeting

There is no maximum limit to the amount of funding a project can receive. However, projects under £5,000 are most feasible.

There is flexibility in how projects can be funded. For example, to make the 2018/2019 multi-stakeholder pollution monitoring scheme feasible, funding has been in collaboration with the Estates Department and the construction company MACE. We recommend applicants reach out and speak to the Sustainable Futures Committee who work to ensure the projects have the best chance of succeeding.

 

Composition of the Funding Panel

Shortlisted projects will be presented by applicants to a panel in March 2020. The panel is comprised of:

  • Sustainable Futures executive committee
  • Head of Estates
  • Head of Facilities
  • Pro-Director of Education
  • Head of Sustainability
  • Sustainability Team
  • Representatives from the Sustainable Futures Society

 

The Process

How do I apply?

Head to the "2019-2020 Application" page and email your submission to s.futures@lsesu.org. The DEADLINE for applications will be in February, although we recommend applying earlier for access to the information and mentoring sessions the society will be running. Please write to s.futures@lsesu.org if you have any queries about the fund.

 

How are winners selected? 

Applications are judged by a panel, chaired by the Head of Estates, in March 2020. The panel consider the scope, impact and cost of the project when looking at applications.

 

Workshops 

The society run 'mentoring' sessions throughout the year to help you develop your application ideas. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks on these sessions. Please visit their Facebook page to stay updated for all the latest information.