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Cambridge Zero

The University of Cambridge is building on its existing research and launching an ambitious new climate change initiative. Cambridge Zero is not just about developing greener technologies. It will harness the full power of the University’s research and policy expertise, developing solutions that work for our lives, our society and our economy.

Strategic research tools and groups

Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment aims to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversations about some of some of the planet’s most pressing global sustainability challenges, and to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to research which will help to prepare for and address those challenges.

Energy@Cambridge brings together the activities of over 250 academics working in energy-related research areas across different Schools, Departments and Institutions.

The University’s Research page provides searchable information about research occurring in various fields, including energy, biodiversity, public health, and international development.

Sustainability in the Cambridge curriculum

The Living Laboratory for Sustainability integrates environmental sustainability research into the policy and procedures of the University of Cambridge. This programme works with students and staff from across the University to improve the environmental sustainability of the operational Cambridge estate.

If you are interested in education for sustainable development (ESD), download and read 'Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers'  (published June 2014).

Undergraduate programmes

View the Undergraduate Study website for details of courses. You may be particularly interested in the departments of Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Land Economy, and Zoology, and the opportunities offered by the Natural Science Tripos or by Human, Social, and Political Science.

The Cambridge Zero Carbon Society offers a collection of courses, modules, contacts and suggestions for increasing the sustainability components of your degree (Cambridge students only).

Graduate courses

View the Graduate Admissions website for details of courses (the course list is under Step 2).

Full-time graduate programmes

You may be interested in the following specific examples of courses:

Part-time graduate programmes
Affiliated research

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative is a partnership organisation seeking to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents.

Another team has compiled resources for Environmental History and Education for Sustainable Development.

The Carbon Brainprint concept, developed by Cranfield University and HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England), aims to quantify the impact of universities on carbon footprint reduction. Cambridge has been involved in this project.

Green Labs

For practical advice, guidance and resources to help you reduce the carbon footprint of your lab work, see the University's Green Labs initiative.