Presentation on theme: "Developing the sustainability organisation at Cambridge Catrin Darsley Environmental Coordinator, University of Cambridge."— Presentation transcript:
Developing the sustainability organisation at Cambridge Catrin Darsley Environmental Coordinator, University of Cambridge
Structure of the University 19,000 resident students >10,000 staff (inc post-doc researchers) Complex structure, simple principles Evolved over 800 years Self-governance: devolved management structure Bureaucratic – but highly democratic
Challenges Colleges are independent institutions Extensive ( >300 buildings) and dispersed estate, not a campus World-leading science and engineering research activity Massive demand for electricity; 78,000 tons CO 2 emissions p.a.; £16m spent on energy last year Administrative challenges Fierce independence, devolved decision-making Departments make local decisions, but central budget High cost of sub-metering across the estate, and of administering accounts, prevents distribution of energy costs to individual buildings.
Structure: The Environment & Energy Section Joanna Chamberlain, Head of Environment and Energy Toby Balson, Environmental Officer Catrin Darsley, Environmental Coordinator Claire Hopkins, Living Lab for Sustainability Coordinator Leila McElvenney, Environment and Energy Assistant Lisa Rodmell, Energy Manager Sally Pidgeon, Carbon Reduction Manager Rebekah Ward Energy Assistant Xiang Cheng, Building Energy Manager Paula Ellis, Administrator Prof. Jeremy Sanders FRS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs Director of Estate Strategy Building Energy Manager Travel Plan Manager
Key mechanism 1: Engage and enthuse senior management to create greater opportunities for positive change
Structure: sustainability reporting Estate Management (Head: Director of Estate Strategy) University Council Planning and Resources Committee (PRC) Environmental Strategy Committee (Chair: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs) Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP) Environment and Energy Section Buildings Committee
Key mechanism 2: Use external policy to support the need for internal change
External policy: driving internal change The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) requires UK universities to have a carbon management plan. Capital funding is linked to performance in reducing emissions. BREEAM policy within the Estates Strategy – target Excellent with a minimum of Very Good Local planning requirements for travel management
Key mechanism 3: Make sure that your team and goals take account of your organisational structure.
Strategic oversight and development Buildings; EMS; Environmental Policy EMS; website; Travel Plan implementation; waste & recycling Living Lab: student and estate projects E&E data analysis and reporting; environmental behaviour programmes Energy conservation, compliance & contracts Carbon reduction Energy & water data and conservation Energy & carbon efficiency measures Administration and waste management
Cambridge’s key mechanisms Engage and enthuse senior management to create greater opportunities for positive change Use external policy to support the need for internal change Make sure that your team and goals take account of your organisational structure.