Sustainability in the curriculum

We're committed to delivering course programmes, academic initiatives and research projects focused on sustainable development

Education for sustainable development

LSBU is committed to delivering course programmes, academic initiatives and research projects focused on sustainable development. See below for examples of LSBU's education for sustainable development (ESD) initiatives.

Integrating sustainability into the curriculum

Supporting academic staff

Course modules and project work


Some of our courses feature significant elements of sustainability. Recent student projects have included:

  • Product Design: a roof garden to grow fruit and vegetables for students, staff and the local community
  • Digital Design: developing posters and new recycling bin graphics
  • Informatics: analysis of complicated electricity consumption data
  • Engineering: students are involved with the Engineers Without Borders charity

If you want to develop an environmental project as part of your course, get in touch with the Sustainability Team.

The following is a list of courses (a mixture of undergraduate and post-graduate) that London Southbank University offers that feature sustainability in one or more of their modules.

Arts and Creative Industries

Events and Entertainments Management

Built Environment and Architecture

Architectural Technology
Building Services Engineering
Commercial Management
Construction Management
Property Management
Sustainable Energy Systems


International Business Management


Chemical Engineering
Engineering Product Design
Petroleum Engineering
Product Design

Law and Social Sciences

International Commercial Law LLM
Professional Doctorate in Education with special focus on sustainability, equality and diversity - EdD
Urban and Environmental Planning

Embedding sustainable action

LSBU plays an active role in encouraging and engaging students and staff to get involved in sustainability initiatives across campus. This helps us make continual improvements in what we do and delivers the long-term change that is required in order to address the challenges society faces. Fundamentally, this engagement has the most significant impact when a student or staff member embeds these values into their lives.

With this in mind, the University has developed a number of curriculum-based sustainability projects that give students 'real world' experience in addressing sustainability challenges:

The Elephant free-cycling app

LSBU has supported a student to develop a free-cycling app for students and staff to offer and exchange items for free on campus in order to reduce the amount sent to landfill each year. Find out more about the Elephant app.

Designing a rooftop garden

The Sustainability Team works with Product Design students to assess opportunities to develop roof spaces into gardens. The students' designs are then assessed through their coursework and presentations.

Recycling communication

As part of their coursework, Product Design students develop posters and campaign ideas to improve recycling rates and visibility across campus.

Selling free-cycling

MSc Marketing students have developed a marketing plan for a free-cycling app and identify innovative ways to help reduce waste on campus.

Travel survey

LSBU supported an Engineering student to create, deploy and analyse a university-wide travel survey for their dissertation. This was crucial in understanding the travel habits of students and staff and the associated environmental impacts.

Using art to talk about climate change

Photography students take a tour of the heating and hot water systems in our buildings, led by LSBU Estates Maintenance engineers. Their photographs tell the story of LSBU's investment in energy efficiency and capture the strange beauty of this hidden but very important work.

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