Environmental initiatives are a great way to make a difference within the University, boost your CV or take an environmental focus in your studies. Take a look at how you can get involved, and email us with any questions or project ideas. You can also ensure you hear about the latest news and opportunities by signing up to our monthly 'Greenlines' update, or by following the team on Facebook and Twitter.
What can I do?
There are lots of ways to get involved in environmental and sustainability issues, including:
- Get training and work experience
- Make change through your studies
- Develop your own sustainability idea
- Get involved in your College
- Join a student group or society
There are regular opportunities to join teams participating in the Green Impact scheme across the University's departments, for behind-the-scenes insights and making tangible changes. This also includes training on project management, sustainability communications and time management, as well as certified auditor training.
The Living Lab organises and advertises summer internships within the Environment and Energy Section as well as abroad. There’s also an annual award allowing you to develop new ideas, work in a team to tackle specific sustainability issues and apply them to a real-life context. This year it's the Cambridge Carbon Challenge, calling for ideas to reduce building energy use around the University estate.
For inspiration and to see what some previous projects have focused on, take a look at these case studies.
A new scheme called the Cambridge Carbon Challenge will be launched this October. Put forwards your ideas for reducing the University's carbon emissions in buildings; winning proposals will be fully funded and implemented on the University estate. Further details available here.
Student Switch Off is an energy-saving competition between Colleges. Taking part puts you in the running for prizes and cash towards your summer garden party. ‘Like’ Student Switch Off on Facebook and to keep up to date with competitions and other opportunities.
You could also stand to be the Green Officer or equivalent on your JCR or MCR. In the few cases where the role doesn't exist yet, why not see if you can establish the position? If you want advice, just ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget that Green Impact runs in Colleges, and you can get involved with your College Green Impact Team. You can also ask your JCR/MCR Green Officer what opportunities there are.
Below are some of the groups and societies that the Environment and Energy Section works with. If you have ideas of anything that could be added, or if your society would like to meet with us, please contact us.
By working closely with over 35 societies, Cambridge Hub connects students with causes and helps build a tighter community of volunteers and change-makers.
Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society
CUECS is a voluntary organisation with a membership of approximately 300 graduates and undergraduates. They aim to have a positive impact upon environmental problems by helping organisations and individuals (primarily within Cambridge) to alter their practices in cost-effective, efficient and environmentally sound ways.
CUSU Ethical Affairs
The Ethical Affairs Team is the part of the students' union which campaigns on social and environmental sustainability. It aims to promote awareness of environmental and ethical issues among the students, coordinate, represent, and empower them to act. They work with JCR & MCR Green/Environmental Officers across the Colleges.
GreenBRIDGE is an interdisciplinary group of graduate researchers at the University of Cambridge interested in the sustainability of the built environment. They aim to provide a platform for discussion of ecological, social, cultural, technological and economic issues that affect the built environment.
The Cambridge Zero Carbon Society aims to engage students - and members of the local community - with climate change and what we can do about it. They campaign for the university to divest from fossil fuels, and they hold talks and teach-ins on climate justice. Check out their Facebook page (see link) for ways to get involved.
You can also find other societies in the CUSU Societies Directory.