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Environment and Energy


The Environment and Energy Section works closely with staff and students to share best practice, support behaviour change and strategies, and hear what you need to reduce the University’s environmental impact. We implement and support the University in reducing its energy use and carbon emissions.

Interim Head of Environment and Energy – Kevin Couling

I lead the Environment and Energy Section within Estate Management and am responsible for developing and implementing long-term plans to reduce the University’s carbon emissions and improve its environmental sustainability.


Administrator and PA to Head of Section – Paula Wheldon

I support the Environment and Energy Section and am Personal Assistant to Joanna Chamberlain. My role includes coordinating diaries and directing general queries to the best person within the team. I manage the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling scheme and general email account (


Transport Manager  – Amanda Nolan

I am responsible for implementing the University’s Travel Plan, which supports staff to travel to work, at work and for work more sustainably. My role also includes leading on the implementation of the North West Cambridge Development Travel Plan, which includes developing school, workplace and residential travel plan measures to reduce the transport and environmental impact of the new development.

Transport Coordinator – Amy Moore

I implement the activities set out in the University’s Travel Plan and ensure staff are aware of the many sustainable travel options available to them. My role also includes implementing the activities set out in the North West Cambridge Development Travel Plan, supporting the school to encourage sustainable travel, facilitating pool car and bike services and providing information and personalised travel planning to the new residents once they arrive. 

Energy Manager – Lisa Rodmell

My position entails three things: conservation, compliance and contracts. I help the University use energy more efficiently in its operational buildings, to comply with all the relevant rules and regulations and to make sure that it doesn’t pay more than it has to for its gas, oil, electricity and water.


Carbon Reduction Manager – Sally Pidgeon

I work with others from across the University to develop and implement projects and initiatives that will reduce carbon emissions from the University’s estate. This includes behavioural change initiatives as well as more technical projects, meaning that I work closely with the rest of the team and contacts within departments. I am the project manager for the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP).


Sustainable Building Advisor – Alexander Reeve

I am an architect and BREEAM Accredited Professional.  My role is to provide specialist advice to promote the design and construction of environmentally sustainable new build and refurbishment projects.  I also look to learn and share feedback from previous projects so that we do even better in the future. 


Building Energy Manager – Adam Fjaerem

I am responsible for providing technical expertise and support to designated University departments to identify and implement projects focused on reducing their energy consumption and carbon emissions. This predominantly covers scientific and medical research departments housing some of the world’s most cutting edge research facilities.


Building Energy Manager – Xiang Cheng

My job is to identify potential energy saving projects at a number of University buildings to improve their energy performance. Currently my focus is the pilot departments of the ECRP, and how lessons learnt from these projects could be of benefit elsewhere on the University estate.


Energy Coordinator – Colin Nye

My remit is to support a wide range of energy management activities, from monitoring the University’s energy and water consumption and carbon emissions, to identifying areas of potential savings. I report to the Energy Manager, and work with colleagues across the Section and departments to help shape Cambridge's energy policy.


Environmental Manager – Clare Palferman

The main elements of my role are to implement projects to help achieve the objectives set out in the University’s Environmental Sustainability Policy and Strategy; establish and maintain the University’s Environmental Management System; advise the University on how to comply with relevant environmental legislation; champion the design and construction of environmentally sustainable buildings; and support my team to embed a culture of sustainable behaviours.

Environmental Coordinator – Peter Lumb

I support the implementation of the University’s Environmental Management System, deliver a wide range of communication and engagement initiatives including Green Impactcoordinate and develop waste management and recycling programmes, and deal with the University's compliance with trade effluent requirements.

Environmental Coordinator – Grainne Kennedy

I support the Environmental Officer in implementing an Environmental Management System, deliver a range of communications and engagement activities to raise awareness and promote pro-environmental behaviours and manage the Environment and Energy Coordinator Network. My role also includes working with the Travel Plan Manager to implement the Travel Plan.

Living Lab Coordinator – Emily Dunning

I support the development of academic projects, summer internships and other opportunities for students and staff to contribute to making the University more environmentally sustainable through the Living Lab for Sustainability.


If you would like advice or have a query, please email and the relevant person in the section will get back to you.