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Coping with stress

7 April 2020

Stress is what happens when we perceive that a situation requires more of us than we are able to give. Whatever your situation at the moment, it is likely to be making greater demands of you than you are accustomed to. It can add to our stress to know that we are without some of the coping mechanisms that keep us calm and...

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Spotlight on Biodiversity month moves to your backyard

27 March 2020

Before we get into some actions you can take at home this April, we wanted to let you know that the University’s Ecological Advisory Panel have been working hard, with key stakeholders, to develop our first Biodiversity Action Plan. This plan will look at how we can improve and inform our practices on the University’s...

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Biodiversity hotspots spring up across the University

27 March 2020

It won’t be news to many of you that net loss of nature in England has continued throughout this past decade. Over the years, drainage of Fenland, intensified agriculture, climate change and the fragmentation of habitats have all drastically changed not just the country’s landscapes, but its biodiversity too. From plants...

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Student workshop

Interested in sustainability and want to gain experience in environmental auditing?

26 March 2020

Gain valuable experience and a certificate in Environmental Auditing by taking part in free online training delivered by SOS-UK (NUS’ sustainability charity) and approved by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) . You will then put your newfound skills into practice by conducting Green Impact...

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Top green tips for working from home

26 March 2020

With the University of Cambridge having recently shutdown as a result of the Covid-19 virus, the vast majority of staff will be working from home for the foreseeable weeks and months. While shutting down buildings and limiting travel and commuting could result in a reduction in the University’s impacts on the environment...

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Waste not, want not: Clare Hall tackles food waste

26 March 2020

Food waste accounts for approximately 8% of total human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and, staggeringly, up to 35% of food in high-income countries is thrown out by consumers ( Hawken, P. 2018.) . Here in Cambridge, Colleges and catering teams have to tread the difficult line between serving too much and too little to...

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Hedgehog

Fitzwilliam College makes it mark with hedgehog hotels, action on fossil fuels and more

26 March 2020

During Lent Term 2020, a group of volunteer students, staff and Fellows at Fitzwilliam College came together to take part in the University’s Green Impact challenge. The aim was to use the scheme to capture the good work that’s already being done, as well as to set aspirations for further sustainability improvements. Fitz...

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Commuting by car

Time to rethink your commute?

26 March 2020

It might not feel like it, but now could be a great time to reassess how you travel to work. Maybe you’ve really begun to value your one walk a day? Or perhaps you’re enjoying a lie-in now you don’t have to contend with a traffic-packed commute? It could just be you feel that there are some changes that you could make to...

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Greenwich House

We're hiring! Assistant Energy Manager role

28 February 2020

Assistant Energy Manager (Fixed Term) This is an exciting opportunity to join the University's Environment and Energy Section as it coordinates a programme of work to deliver the University's commitment to become zero carbon by 2048. The post holder will work on initiatives to improve the environmental performance of the...

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Working towards zero carbon – the good, the bad and the unknown

26 February 2020

The staff within the University’s Environment and Energy Section (E&E) have always been a committed and hardworking bunch, but these days they are busier than ever. More emails and phone calls, more committee papers to write, more projects to deliver, more requests from departments for data or advice on how to reduce...

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