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Environment and Energy


Switch Off Week 2014

November 2014

Hundreds of staff and students pledged their support and saved energy during the University’s second Switch Off Week. Held from 10 – 16 November, the week highlighted the role of the individual in reducing the University’s £16 million energy bill.


Helping staff to think before they print: the Faculty of Education

October 2014

The chances of achieving a paperless office – at least in academia – remain remote. But after introducing a range of new technology – from iPads to print consolidation – the Faculty of Education has learned valuable lessons about how to encourage staff to print less. Here, the Faculty's Jay Pema passes on his top tips.


Carbon reduction and Green Impact success: Gurdon Institute

June 2013

The Gurdon Institute rose to the challenge of reducing their energy and carbon use through an inter-lab energy reduction competition and engaging with Green Impact. The Institute’s behaviour change campaign caused a 19% reduction of electrical consumption within the 'workzones' (ie. laboratories, support rooms and lighting), with the winning lab managing an impressive 52.8% reduction in energy use.


Switch Off Week 2013

March 2013

The first ever Switch Off Week at the University of Cambridge, held 18-24 February 2013, resulted in an overall drop in electricity use of 2.1% thanks to efforts by staff and students to turn off equipment and lights when not required.


Environmental pledges at the Gurdon Institute


The Gurdon Institute has worked to embed green attitudes across its staff, students and researchers through encouraging individuals to join colleagues in signing up to environmental pledges.


Climate Forum 2013: Local Action. Global Change?

The Living Laboratory for Sustainability helped to support the Cambridge Hub’s 2013 Climate Forum, an annual event aimed at engaging the University and wider community in sustainability, by promoting and helping to sponsor the event.