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 CO2 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 Director of Estate Strategy Prof. Jeremy Sanders FRS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs Joanna Chamberlain, Head of Environment and Energy Paula Ellis, Administrator Toby Balson, Environmental Officer Lisa Rodmell, Energy Manager Sally Pidgeon, Carbon Reduction Manager Xiang Cheng, Building Energy Manager Rebekah Ward Energy Assistant Catrin Darsley, Environmental Coordinator Claire Hopkins, Living Lab for Sustainability Coordinator Leila McElvenney, Environment and Energy Assistant Building Energy Manager Travel Plan Manager Key mechanism 1: Engage and enthuse senior management to create greater opportunities for positive change Structure: sustainability reporting University Council Buildings Committee Planning and Resources Committee (PRC) Environmental Strategy Committee (Chair: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs) Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP) Estate Management (Head: Director of Estate Strategy) Environment and Energy Section 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 Administration and waste management Buildings; EMS; Environmental Policy Energy conservation, compliance & contracts EMS; website; Travel Plan implementation; waste & recycling Living Lab: student and estate projects Carbon reduction Energy & water data and conservation E&E data analysis and reporting; environmental behaviour programmes Energy & carbon efficiency measures 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.