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: Manager of the sustainability and grounds teamHead of Sustainability and Grounds, Estates and Campus Services
Rob is the Head of Sustainability and Grounds for the University and leads the Sustainability team, covering grounds, sustainability engagement, carbon reduction and transport and travel.
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.
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: GroundsGrounds Manager, Estates and Campus Services
Marcus manages the Grounds section and 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. He is also responsible for minimising pesticide use, recycling plant and green waste material and ensuring the highest standards are met whilst carrying out horticultural and arboricultural practices.
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: Travel, transport and energySustainability (Energy and Transport) Manager, Estates and Campus Services
Iain manages and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of travel, transport and energy. He is responsible for all aspects of Travel and Transport at the University including EV charging points and sustainable travel. Iain also looks at how to reduce the Universitys carbon footprint by looking at low energy lighting and solar panels.
Area of sustainability: Student and staff engagementSustainability (Environment and Recycling) Manager, Estates and Campus Services
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 Officer, Estates and Campus Services
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, Estates and Campus Services
Ben 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. He helps plan and organise events to support our engagement programme. He also works on maintaining the Sustainability team's digital presence across our social media, website and Moodle pages.
Area of sustainability: Administration and energySustainability Coordinator, Estates and Campus Services
Lucy is responsible for collating data and verifying monthly utility usage and billing to produce reports on energy consumption across the Universities campus’s. She also deals with enquires and provides the Sustainability team with efficient office administrative support service for all aspects of the section including sustainability, energy, environment and transport.
Area of sustainability: Education for sustainabilityLecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Jane is the leading figure in the implementation of education for sustainability across the University. She also runs the annual Summer School in Sustainble Practice which is an intensive two week programme where students gain a broad introduction to sustainability theories and practices.
Area of sustainability: Waste reduction and recyclingContracts Manager, Estates and Campus Services
Louise is responsible for the day to day running of the waste management contract at the Colchester Campus. She is tasked with improving on-site recycling percentages
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
Tom is responsible for overseeing and administering all aspects of Travel and Transport at the University. He helps to deliver our travel plan and all our sustainable transport measure including supporting Dr Bike at our Colchester Campus, promoting alternative modes of transport and planning arrival days for our students. Tom also coordinates and works with our Traffic Officers at the Colchester Campus.
Area of sustainability: Travel and transportSustainability, Estates and Campus Services
Madelyn is the administrator within the Travel and Transport team. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the car parks and permit system, and administrating / supporting various sustainable transport measures such as the provision of electric vehicle charging points, and of lockers for cyclists, runners and walkers. She joined the Travel & Transport team in July 2019.
The Centre for Environment and Society 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.
Area of sustainability: Social Dimensions of sustainability challenges and solutions.Director at the Centre for Environment and Society, Essex Business School
Kelum is the Director at the Centre for Environment and Society. The centre’s aim is to be a strong hub for research at Essex on environmental issues, including how environmental issues interact with society. The centre also builds cross-disciplinary connections to produce environmental research whilst acting as a beacon for Education for Sustainability, and to be a strong environmental partner to the University and to the local community.
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