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

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 Kevin Couling. My role includes coordinating diaries and directing general queries to the best person within the team, so I'm the best person to contact with any general queries. You can also contact me to request a collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). I also deal with financial queries for the team including purchase orders and invoices.

Interim Transport Manager  – Andrew Coleman

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 – Sara Aziz

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 – Currently Vacant

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 (Maternity Cover) – 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.

Peter LumbInterim Environmental Manager – Peter Lumb

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, including supporting my team to embed a culture of sustainable behaviours. I also develop and maintain the University’s Environmental Management System, and coordinate the collection of publically-reported data on the team's performance. You can contact me for advice on complying with relevant environmental legislation, including Trade Effluent consents and Waste Duty of Care.

Interim Environmental Coordinator – Maribel Calvo

Maribel Calvo

I support the implementation of the University’s Environmental Management System, deliver a wide range of communication and engagement initiatives, coordinate and develop waste management and recycling programmes, and deal with the University's compliance with trade effluent requirements. You can contact me about participation in the University's environmental accreditation scheme, Green Impact, or with any queries about improving the day-to-day environmental performance of your University workplace. I can also advise you on improving waste management and recycling practices in your department or building.

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.

Sustainable Labs Coordinator – Martin Howes

I engage with academic and technical staff across the university to improve the environmental performance of our labs and research facilities. This covers a range of activities: from facilitating upgrades to more efficient equipment, to ensuring labs are working optimally and encouraging better user behaviour. My role is split, with part of my time spent working in the Environment & Energy section, and part of my time as Energy Coordinator at the Department of Plant Sciences.

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