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: Head of Energy and Carbon ReductionHead of Energy and Carbon Reduction, Estates and Campus Services
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: 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: Utility projectsEnergy Manager, Estates and Campus Services
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: Waste reduction and recyclingCircular Economy Manager, Estates and Campus Services
This person will lead the University's reduction in waste and increase in recycling and deliver projects that contribute to the delivery of the University's Sustainability Sub Strategy. The post holder will develop a single use plastics plan, introduce food waste collections and a furniture reuse scheme, amongst other duties.
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
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.
Area of sustainability: Energy and data analysisSustainability Analyst (data and funding), Estates and Campus Services
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. He currently also undertakes much of the Energy Officer role, while Lucy is on maternity leave.
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
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.
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.
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.
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