We have a dedicated team, in a broad range of roles, contributing to sustainable development across our campuses. We are committed to the promotion of sustainability to a variety of stakeholders, to conserve the local environment for our students, staff, the wider community and our resident wildlife.
In addition to our team, our representation and advocacy spans the whole University community – see more about our Climate and Ecological Emergency Advisory Group.
For all members of the University Steering Group (USG), acting as champions for, and providing leadership on, our ambitions for addressing our environmental impacts is included in their strategic priorities.
Area of sustainability: Deputy Registrar (Infrastructure and Environments)Deputy Registrar (Infrastructure and Environments), Office of the Vice- Chancellor
Chris Oldham is part of the University's senior management team, as Deputy Registrar (Infrastructure and Environments), based within the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. Chris plays an important part in championing carbon reduction, energy efficiency and sustainability both to other members of the senior management and to his teams to drive forward work to develop sustainable campuses and our environmentally-conscious community. He is responsible for oversight not only of the Sustainability Section, but also Estates, Campus Services, Facilities Services and Digital Innovation and Technology Services.
Area of sustainability: Director of SustainabilityDirector of Sustainability, Sustainability Section
Rob is the Director of Sustainability and leads the University in meeting its obligation of the Climate Change Act 2008 and delivering on its declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
The University's Sustainability team looks after environmental performance at the University of Essex. We cover carbon management, energy, waste, water, sustainable procurement, transport and biodiversity.
Area of sustainability: Student and staff engagementSustainability (Environment and Recycling) Manager, Sustainability Section
Daisy manages the Engagement function of the Sustainability team, as well as wider strategic projects, including the management of the Sustainability Sub-Strategy and policies linked to improving waste reduction and recycling on our three campuses. Working with stakeholders and colleagues, her work contributes to embedding sustainable practices across the University community. She has worked at the University of Essex since 2016.
Area of sustainability: Student and staff engagementSustainability Engagement Manager, Sustainability Section
Michel leads on the University’s sustainability engagement and behavioural change work, assisting the University’s community to contribute and play a fundamental part in delivering the Sustainability Sub Strategy and reducing the University’s environmental impact. She also develops and leads on the delivery of the Sustainability Engagement Plan and create meaningful ways to engage and achieve behavioural change with staff and students on all aspects of sustainability.
Area of sustainability: Student and staff engagementSustainability Engagement Officer, Sustainability Section
Rebecca is responsible for managing the Sustainable Essex and #LittleChoicesBigChanges engagement programmes, as well as working with departments across the University to help develop and promote their sustainable practices. She organises events and activities aimed at boosting sustainable behaviour both on and off campus, around themes including travel and transport, energy use, waste and recycling and resource efficiency.
Area of sustainability: Student and staff engagementSustainability Engagement Assistant, Sustainability Section
Saskia assists with the engagement aspects of the University’s sustainability and energy reduction work, growing the awareness and involvement of students and staff across our community. She helps plan and organise events to support our engagement programme. She also works on maintaining the Sustainability team’s digital presence across our social media, website and Moodle pages.
The University’s Circular Economy team lead on the reduction of waste and increase in recycling. The team delivers projects in line with the University’s Sustainability Sub-Strategy that helps to improve waste management, reuse of materials and other duties.
Area of sustainability: Recycling and waste reductionCircular Economy Manager, Sustainability Section
David leads the University's reduction in waste and increase in recycling and delivers projects that contribute to the delivery of the University's Sustainability Sub Strategy. David will produce a single use plastics plan, introduce food waste collections and a furniture reuse scheme, amongst other duties.
Our Sustainability Analyst (Data and Funding) contributes to a range of areas within the Sustainability Section, through the collation and analysis of multiple data streams from the University’s activities and through supporting funding bids to internal and external funding bodies.
Area of sustainability: Energy and data analysisSustainability Analyst (data and funding), Sustainability Section
Rishab contributes to a range of areas in the Sustainability team, through the collation and analysis of multiple data streams from across the University’s activities, drawing meaningful conclusions and producing detailed reports. He also supports funding bids to internal and external funding bodies, contributing to the delivery of the University’s Sustainability Sub-Strategy and declaration of a Climate Emergency.
Our Energy and Carbon Reduction team play a critical role in delivering the University’s Sustainability Sub-Strategy, leading the development and implementation of the University’s energy and carbon reduction policies and strategies. The team's work additionally focuses on achieving net zero scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2035.
Area of sustainability: Head of Energy and Carbon ReductionHead of Energy and Carbon Reduction, Sustainability Section
Nimish is the strategic lead for delivering the University’s energy, carbon and water reduction aspirations. He leads the development and implementation of the University’s various energy and carbon reduction policies and strategies along with related action. Nimish plays a critical role in delivering the University’s most ambitious Sustainability Sub Strategy to date, achieving net zero scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2035.
Area of sustainability: Energy projectsEnergy Manager, Sustainability Section
This post holder will be responsible for delivering the University's energy, carbon and water reduction aspirations on its journey to net zero carbon emissions.
Area of sustainability: Administration and energyEnergy Officer, Sustainability Section
Lucy is responsible for collating data and verifying monthly utility usage and billing to produce reports on energy consumption across the University's campuses. She also deals with enquiries and provides efficient office administrative support for all aspects of the Sustainability team's work including energy, environment and transport activities.
The Grounds team maintains Wivenhoe Park, home to our Colchester Campus, along with our Loughton and Southend Campuses. The Grounds team aims to provide an attractive, clean and interesting setting with a sound, conservation-minded attitude to campus flora and fauna at the University. Maintenance is carried out to an agreed specification appropriate to the listed status of both the Colchester and Loughton Campuses.
Area of sustainability: Biodiversity and GroundsGrounds Manager, Biodiversity and Grounds
The Grounds Manager is responsible for overseeing the actions to promote biodiversity across the estate. This involves managing the landscape to provide functioning and healthy ecosystems and habitats. They are also responsible for minimising pesticide use, recycling plant and green waste material and ensuring the highest standards are met whilst carrying out horticultural and aboricultural practices.
The University's Travel and Transport team look at reducing the negative impact the University has on the local environment such as air quality, local congestion and to reduce the number of cars accessing the University. The University provides facilities and offers measures which promote healthy active travel to campus such as walking, cycling and the use of public transport to encourage a shift from private car use.
Area of sustainability: Travel and transportSustainability (Travel and Transport) Officer, Estates and Campus Services
Caralyn is responsible for overseeing and administering all aspects of travel and transport at the University. She helps to administer the University's Vehicle Fleet policy and all our sustainable transport measures including supporting Dr Bike at our Colchester Campus, promoting alternative modes of transport and planning arrival days for our students. She also coordinate and work with our Traffic Officers at the Colchester Campus.
Essex is home to many academics and researchers with a wide range of important knowledge and experience related to ecology, sustainability and wider ESG. The team will often work collaboratively with them when developing projects and work streams.
Area of sustainability: Senior governance for sustainabilityProfessor of Environment and Society, School of Biological Sciences
Jules is the figurehead for sustainability at the University of Essex. He acts as a mentor for the sustainability team while also being involved in project conception and support. Beyond this, Jules has conducted extensive research in the fields of agriculture sustainability, nature and health and consumption patterns and well-being.
We also draw on support from The Centre for Environment and Society, which brings together world-leading staff and impact-focused sustainability to work on the social dimensions of sustainability challenges and solutions. The Centre is home to a number of staff from a variety of departments. The centre is committed to informing the global transition to a green economy which supports environmental well-being and social and economic justice.
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