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Environment and Energy

 

What are Environment and Energy Coordinators 

Environment and Energy Coordinators (EECs) are a network of staff volunteers who provide a local focus point for environmental and energy issues.

They encourage their colleagues to make small changes to everyday work practices that collectively make a big difference across the University.

The network

Each EEC acts as champion for environmental issues within their department and as a point of contact between the Environment and Energy Section and department staff, students and senior management.

Like all organisations of this size and complexity, Cambridge has a major impact on the environment. At the Environment and Energy Section we are working to reduce this, but we still need to raise awareness amongst staff, students and visitors not only about what we do, but also about their role in reducing the University’s environmental impact.

Due to the diverse and extensive nature of Cambridge, there is no one-size-fits-all approach so there needs to be a local focus for activity within departments to make the message relevant and effective.

EECs play a key role in providing this local focus, understanding the culture of the department and being able to encourage others to change their attitudes and behaviour to take environmental aspects into consideration. We provide on-going support and assistance to EECs as part of our mission to reduce carbon emissions and other environmental issues across the University’s estate and encourage sustainable behaviour across our academic, teaching and administrative activities.

 

'Being an EEC is a great way to get involved in University-wide initiatives and feed that development back to your own department. We’ve seen a really positive shift in our own attitudes to recycling, and energy usage in the department, and to those of our colleagues and the wider community, too. It has also had a knock-on effect, since we have started getting more senior members of staff and academics on board, in the way we do things in our department, from considering how we travel to work or how we dispose of our rubbish, right the way up to to how we approach administrative work, and manage our office and teaching spaces. It’s a really fulfilling thing to do for people who want to take their department or building into a more environmentally conscious future, and we would recommend it highly' ​

Siobhan Hoffman-Heap and Karin Haack, EECs in the Department of Sociology

 

Become an EEC

We are looking to have full representation from across all 150 departments, with many larger departments potentially choosing to have two or more representatives.

What will I have to do?

As Environment and Energy Coordinator you will be expected to offer advice and support to staff and students, feed back issues to the Environment and Energy Section and help with the management of and departmental events we may decide to run together.

This role will take about 2-4 hours of time a month, but can be achieved with more or less commitment too.

Volunteers are supported by us and are part of an active network who shares ideas, practices and information from across the University. Please see the full role description below.

If you are interested in joining the network please contact environment@admin.cam.ac.uk and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

 EEC Role description

 

Find the EEC in your Department

Environment and Energy Coordinators always need more people to get involved and help out so please get in touch, ask any questions and offer a helping hand.

To find out who your Environment and Energy Coordinator is, please contact environment@admin.cam.ac.uk.