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What are Sustainability Champions?

Sustainability Champions are a network of volunteers who provide a local focus point for sustainability issues.

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

Find the Sustainability Champions in your department, College or workplace. 

Sustainability Champions are always happy to hear from others interested in sustainability. Find your nearest Sustainability Champion and their contact details on Lookup (you'll need your Raven log in). 

Become a Sustainability Champion

We are looking to have full representation across the University, with many larger departments, colleges or workplaces potentially choosing to have two or more representatives.

If you are interested in joining the network please book on to a Sustainability Champion induction listed on the Events page.

What will I have to do?

As Sustainability Champion you will be expected to offer advice and support to staff and students, feed back issues to the Sustainability Team and help with the management of any 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. We run regular networking events as well as training for our Sustainability Champions network. Please see the full role description below.

Sustainability Champions Role description

The network

Each Sustainability Champion acts as champion for environmental issues within their workplace, department or college and as a point of contact between the Sustainability Team 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 Sustainability Team 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, colleges and workplaces to make the message relevant and effective.

Sustainability Champions play a key role in providing this local focus, understanding the culture of their college or workplace 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 Sustainability Champions 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.