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Sustainability & Conservation Hub







The Sustainability & Conservation (S&C) Hub serves as a nexus for individuals and organizations dedicated to understanding critical issues related to the degradation of the earth's ecosystems, and addressing these issues through innovative transformative solutions and collaboration.


The Wolfson College Interdisciplinary Research Hub (IRH) in Sustainability & Conservation (S&C) was launched in July 2020. This was in response to the ever-developing climate emergency, which prompted calls for innovative and disruptive solutions across industries and institutions.

The S&C Hub serves Wolfson's Sustainability Strategy, and the college has made significant strides towards sustainability since its launch. This has been through research and invention, innovative education, reduced environmental impact, climate leadership, cost savings and sustainability donation packages.

The Hub's purpose is to be a transformative space that hosts collaborative action between fellows, students, staff, alumni and other members of Wolfson College to ignite and support interdisciplinary research, sustainability actions, and positive environmental outcomes. 


We have developed a Theory of Change structure with three branches: Community, Action & Knowledge


For a community that interacts with itself, reaches out to others and grows its people and collective. 

  • Cross-community Mentoring
  • Building competency (individual + collective)
  • Partnerships & Outreach
  • Studentships, Bursaries & Access


For specific actions, raising individual and collective urgency, and demonstrating outcomes.

  • Wolfson Living Lab
  • Convening, Events & Thought Leadership


For retaining acquired knowledge, making it accessible, and disseminating impacts. Also for profile raising, acknowledgement and awards.

  • Webpage, S&C Stories, Library Collection, Resource Gallery
  • Testimonials, Awards & Acknowledgement
  • Wolfson Research Event Collaboration

Stephen Evans


Stephen Evans - S&C Hub Chair

Steve Evans is Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. 

He has co-founded a number of clean technology start-ups and has held various posts advising industry and international governments, including Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Lords Science & Technology Committee. Steve is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He was recently elected by his peers as a Member of Academia Europaea.

Steve works to find ways to help industry become sustainable and is particularly interested in inexpensive solutions.

Sian Cook


Sian Cook - Director of College Networks

Before coming to Wolfson in 2017 as Director of Development, Sian held similar positions at National Museums Wales (2013-2016), the British Heart Foundation (2011-2012), Royal Institute of British Architects (2008-2010) and National Museums Liverpool (2001-2008). Whilst in Wales, she was a trustee of the Civic Trust. During this time, she worked on large-scale and international campaigns for buildings and developing networks of supporters and advocates for projects such as Liverpool's world-renowned International Slavery Museum.

In June 2022, Sian became the College's first Director of Networks a role that will oversee the development of the College's Interdisciplinary Research Hubs, strategic external relationships and alumni relations.


Sheila Ojwang - S&C Hub Coordinator

Sheila Ojwang is a sustainable Architectural Designer and Consultant. She served the college as the 2022/2023 Green Officer, playing a crucial role in the politics and academic discourses of College life, which currently extends into her role as the Hub Coordinator.

Her design and research work focuses on in architecture for social impact and global development and she is keen on projects and collaborations that solve local and global challenges through delivering solutions that achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.






Alexei Lapkin

Alexei is an associate editor for the Chemical Engineering Journal. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Entrepreneurship Centre (GEC). He is actively involved in Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES) where he runs projects funded by the National Research Foundation and Pharma Innovation Partnership in Singapore (PIPS). In the last few years, Alexei's research group created two start-up companies: Accelerated Materials Ltd and Chemical Data Intelligence (CDI) Ltd.

Alexei Lapkin studied chemistry at Novosibirsk State University (Russia) and obtained a PhD degree at the University of Bath for his work on multifunctional catalytic reactors (under the supervision of late Professor W J Thomas). He joined Cambridge in 2013 as a Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering.

Konstantinos Korakakis 
Rick ManloveDr Rick (Richard) Manlove is an experienced, semi-retired business leader from the life-sciences sector, now focusing on education and coaching for a sustainable future. Educated in biological sciences, his career was in commercial roles, working in strategy and business unit management leading cross-functional and international teams in global companies. Rick completed the CISL Masters in Business Sustainability Leadership in 2015. His project work and dissertation focussed on the potential for business model innovation to increase sustainability in food value chains. From 2016 to 2020 Rick was Commercial Development Director at GALVmed, a non-profit organisation in the veterinary sector serving small-scale livestock producers in Africa and South Asia. He is currently an assessor for 4 of CISL's online courses, a coach on CISL executive programs and a supervisor on the Diploma programme.
Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild is a specialist in business and human rights. She works with companies on social and human rights impact and risk management, sustainability reporting and other areas of their social performance. She has helped them produce policies, processes and guidance documents. In 2020 she chaired the independent panel of senior external specialists who reviewed the energy industry’s sustainability reporting guidance. In recent years she has increasingly worked on the social and human rights aspects of the energy transition from fossil fuels to low- and no-carbon energies (often called the ‘just transition’).

Elizabeth has degrees in French & German and interpreting & translation, and a master’s degree from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.  She is a conservation volunteer with the Surrey Wildlife Trust and is actively involved in the Wolfson College Sustainability Hub.

Sue SwaffieldSue Swaffield is a member of the Leadership for Learning academic group in the Faculty of Education and a founder member of Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network. Sue's teaching and research interests are within the fields of educational leadership, school improvement and assessment. Leadership for learning, critical friendship for headteachers, and assessment for learning are particular interests. She co-directed the Wallenberg funded Leadership for Learning Carpe Vitam project working with schools and universities in seven countries. Sue was also a member of the ESRC/TLRP Learning How to Learn project involving 40 schools and five universities in England, and worked on the DfES funded evaluation of Schools Facing Exceptionally Challenging Circumstances project. Current research activity includes investigating support and challenge for headteachers, and with the Faculty's Centre for Commonwealth Education Sue is engaged in a collaborative development and research programme building headteachers' leadership capacity in Ghana. She teaches on the Masters and Certificate programmes and co-ordinates the Educational Leadership and School Improvement MEd and MPhil. She is an Executive Editor of the international journal 'Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice', Associate Editor of 'Professional Development in Education' and is on the Editorial Board of 'Reflective Teaching'. Her work in Higher Education builds on previous experiences as a teacher and adviser.
Oscar Holgate 
Simon Crookall 
Tania Davies

Dr Tania Davies read Counselling Skills and Theory at the University of Wales before training as a post-compulsory educator within FE and then HE. She completed an MRes at Swansea University and explored gender identity within higher education before undertaking a PhD at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Tania created a unique CADAC approach to measuring and assessing wellbeing which combined Sen's Capabilities Approach with the OECD's Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Wellbeing to inform social policy.

Tania worked as an addictions counsellor for young offenders within the criminal justice system. She went on to become the Health Portfolio Director and then Manager at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for almost ten years. She held positions within the Military Education for Wales, the Research Centre of Expertise Cymru and the Higher Education for Future Generations Group.

Paul Gaughan 


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In our Theory of Change (ToC), we use the metaphor of a tree and the language of ‘branches’ to describe sets of activities that share a characteristic. No one branch is ‘above’ the other, and by nourishing you, people, the roots, we nurture the whole tree, and so the branches grow... Community, Action, and Knowledge. Devised by all who participate with us, our ToC is ever developing and under constant revision… and so it grows…

For details describing each branch and related activities, see our textual strategy document (v13; updated August 2022) that accompanies the graphic presented above. We're also seeking someone to produce an interactive ToC graphic. If this could be you, get in touch!

Theory of Change version history:

Key questions posed in devising our Theory of Change:

  • What makes you most angry?
  • What makes you most happy?
  • Why are you here and where can we act as a Hub?
  • What do you think the problem actually is?
  • What can we do about it?
  • What should we do next?

Themes discussed:

  • Personal vs Corporate vs Government Responsibility
  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity
  • Humanity and Nature
  • How to properly integrate the Arts & Creative industries with S&C?
  • Why isn't all S&C knowledge open source?
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Achieving an equitable and just transition for all human beings regardless of circumstance
  • Is the Climate Emergency a failure of inclusion?

What words we associated with "sustainability" or "conservation":

S&C Hub keywords association


Grown from our Action, Adaptation & Ambition Branch, the Wolfson Living Lab encourages and supports projects that have an actionable or demonstrable ‘green’ impact to the College estate, community or its wider network.

Visit the Wolfson Living Lab

Testimonials & Acknowledgements:

  • An interview with the first Wolfson Living Lab Award recipient, Mr Santiago Sottil.
  • An interview with our generous donor and supporter, Dr Steve Hoath.
  • Special thanks to the Hoath Family for their generous donation to financially support Living Lab projects.
  • Special thanks to Charlie Barty-King (PhD student), Darren Smith (Domestic Bursar), and the Alumni & Development Office for devising the Wolfson Living Lab.

Grown from our Community Resilience Branch, we provide the full Wolfson network the opportunity of being assigned a mentor or be a mentee, who will be someone working in a related subject or interest area.

Join the Wolfson Sustainability Mentor Scheme

Any members of the Wolfson community and network can offer to be available to meet with any other members of the Wolfson community and network. The scheme is voluntary and creates a one-on-one knowledge exchange, support & advice structure on the huge topic space which is sustainability, which is intended to be informal. Operating on a ‘light touch’ basis, it is largely at the discretion of the individual mentor and mentee to determine the frequency and nature of support given, with guidance documentation from ourselves.

The scheme has proven successful at fostering closer links between the international Wolfson community both at Wolfson and across the globe for a more resilient network of connected individuals. Being a mentor or mentee is as involved or low maintenance as desired, from a casual chat on personal thoughts, to advising on specific work interests, to actively supervising students professionally, academically or otherwise - let us share our stories on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of addressing the climate and ecological emergency. Please complete the form above to join the Wolfson Sustainability Mentor Scheme or email with any questions.

Testimonials & Acknowledgements:


The Thinking Space is a free, interactive sustainability education and thinking space open to all Wolfson members, providing a guided space to develop your sustainability thinking, action and development.

Open to all Wolfson members, it is a guided space to learn with others, think on and exchange ideas. You will explore what increasing sustainability means to you personally and/or in your research, what compounding actions big or small you can take right now and into the future, and more broadly how we can all respond to the climate emergency in a meaningful way.


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Grown from our Curation & Knowledge Branch, we want to capture and celebrate both the individual, and Wolfson's collective, successes in sustainability, climate action and the natural world from the past and present, and into the future 🌿📖 submit a story, anecdote, or other media:

Visit the Wolfson Sustainability & Conservation Stories

Testimonials & Acknowledgements:

  • An S&C Story spotlight with previous student Green Officer 2016-2017, Mr Alain Kilajian.
  • An S&C Story spotlight with Wolfson alumni, Dr Karen Alvarenga de Oliveira.
  • Special thanks to the initial S&C Stories working group: Konstantinos Korakakis (student), Golnar Malek (alumni), Matthias Wong (staff), Caroline Elvidge (staff), Charlie Barty-King (staff/student)

Cambridge Resilience Webs ⛳️ 

Grown from our Curation & Knowledge Branch, the Cambridge Resilience Web are two interactive webs of environmental, social justice and resilience related organisations in Cambridge, covering both the City and the University of Cambridge ⛳️ 

Visit the Cambridge Resilience Web

What are the Cambridge Resilience Webs?

Testimonials & Acknowledgements:


Donations in support of the Sustainability and Conservation Hub can be made through Wolfson's Annual Giving page - choose "Other" in Designation and type "S&C Hub Fund".

Alternatively, you can discuss your gift with Simon Crookhall, Director of Development:

Donations of every size and type, together, make a huge difference. All S&C Hub activities, costs, awards and resources are funded through generous philanthropy.

You can also discuss partnerships with Sian Cook, Director of Networks:

Join our mailing list here.

Global issues today are simultaneously individual, collective and societal; everyone should have a say in how to resolve them. We are therefore open to all people: public, professional and academic 🌿 join as a:

Member 🌿

To join our growing list of S&C Hub members, sign up to our distribution list here.

Are you a Wolfson College member past or present? Join Wolfson Connect, the College's official Alumni portal.

Convener 🍃

Comprised of students, alumni, staff and Fellows:

Current Conveners

Charlie Barty-King (Lead)
Sian Cook
Steve Evans
Konstantinos Korakakis
Oscar Holgate
Sarisher Mann
Shelia Ojwang
Deidre Boodoosingh
Tania Davis
Simon Crookall
Alexei Lapkin

Previous Conveners

Guillaume Nataf
Richard Manlove
Matthias Wong
Caroline Elvidge (Administrator)
Nyandire Reinhard Bonke
Rebecca Simons (Administrator)
John French
Amelia Race
Rae White

To join as a Convener, email with the heading "S&C Hub Convener".

Donor 🐺💚

To become a Donor, please see the Donations section below.


The Hoath Family

See here for an interview with our generous donor and supporter, Dr Steve Hoath from the Hoath Family.

Wolfson Fellow 🍀

A growing list of the Wolfson's Fellowship (in order of addition) working within the broad themes of sustainability or conservation:

Professor Steve Evans
Professor John French
Dr Anna Dempster
Professor Alexei Lapkin
Professor Dick Fenner
Dr Steve Hoath
Dr Thomas McCoy
Professor Christi Deaton
Dr Sue Swaffield
Dr Florence Nabwire
Dr George Kakavelakis
Professor Ann Copestake
Professor Jane Clarke

Previous Wolfson S&C Hub Fellows

Dr George Kakavelakis

To join as a Wolfson Fellow, email with the heading "S&C Hub Fellow"

There are many ways to contribute, including, but limited to:


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In a collaboration with the Wolfson Library and grown from our Curation & Knowledge Branch, we are curating an accessible collection of sustainability and conservation themed publications:

Visit the Wolfson S&C Library Collection

Featuring sustainability related books and reading materials in its broadest sense, including published works by Wolfson alumni, to add, donate or recommend a book for the S&C Library collection, including your own published works, please email or with the subject "Wolfson S&C Library Collection". In future we will be including outputs from the Wolfson Living Lab, Wolfson S&C Stories and relevant student thesis'.





Education, Engagement, Visualisations & Games


  • Primary School Energy Mapping educational resource - free full project resource to teach budding young scientists at Primary Schools the benefits of renewable energy and its potential to permanently replace fossil fuels.
  • Faculty for a Future - "helps academics who feel a duty of care over Earth’s colliding crises to transform research, teaching, and public engagement towards the pursuit of a better future."
  • Force of Nature - Climate Anxiety Discussion Guide - "This 4-module discussion guide has been designed by a group of young people trained in talking about climate anxiety. The aim of it is to help you facilitate conversations about the climate crisis while safeguarding young people, navigating strong feelings, and fostering emotional resilience."
  • - "the most important number in the world", a clock that counts down the critical time window to reach zero emissions, while tracking our progress on key solution pathways.
  • The Shrink Lab leaflet - a friendly leaflet guide to encourage kids to shrink their energy usage and environmental impact
  • Gapminder - "an independent educational non-profit fighting global misconceptions".
  • TalkingClimate handbook - a great free resource from Climate Outreach designed to support constructive conversations about climate change.
  • En-ROADS - see what the effect of various climate policies would be if put into effect, thanks to researchers at MIT.
  • Earth. "A visualization of global weather conditions, forecast by supercomputers, updated every three hours".
  • National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - "inspiring and supporting universities to engage with the public, ...seeking to support a culture change in the UK higher education sector through our vision, mission and aims".
  • Everyday Stories of Climate Change toolkit - a graphic novel and toolkit for empowering students to understand not only the environmental impacts, but also the social, cultural, racial, and political outcomes of climate change is key to creating informed global citizens.
  • How Bad are Bananas? - the carbon footprint games making climate learning fun again!
  • Climate Food Flashcards - "a fun way to engage with the public and children about the variation of greenhouse gas emissions cause by producing different foods".
  • OpenGuitar - a project delivering STEM education to children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds through building their own experimental guitars, run by Wolfson CRA (College Research Associate) Dr Fernando Bravo.
Business, Economy/Finance, IT & Technology


  • Switch It - find out if your money is funding fossil fuels. Helps to inform you if you should switch bank or energy provider.
  • Make money matter - making sure your pension is invested with intention. Easy way to make significant difference with minimal effort.
  • Portfolio Earth - an initiative that reports on the banking sector’s role in the global biodiversity crisis. See their report "Bankrolling Extinction".
  • Ethnical Banking - Queen's College guide to Ethical Banking (part of their Easter Green Week 2021), excellent resource, with accompanying recorded event.
  • Foundations of Humane Technology - "A free, self-paced online course for professionals shaping tomorrow's technology. To build technology that matters tomorrow, we have to start with different principles today", by the Centre for Human Technology.
  • Sustainable Capital PLC - a "Transparent, Research-led Green Bond Issuance Platform. Sustainable Capital connects the dots between those wanting to make socially responsible investments and ambitious ESG-compliant companies that need capital. Sustainable Capital is recognised on the NASDAQ Sustainable Bond Network."
  • The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review - report of the Independent Review on the Economics of Biodiversity led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta.
  • What is the Blue Economy? - definitions and overview of the sustainable blue economy "the oceans as a huge economic system"
  • Practical steps for SMEs to take climate action - from the Centre for Climate Engagement
  • - a community of IT professionals who meet, learn, discuss and take climate action together, focussing around Business Culture & Behaviour Change, Green Software Engineering, Sustainable Product Design and Low-Carbon Infrastructure within the IT and tech sectors.
  • Greenovate for a better environment and economy - "a report prepared for KPMG International shows that green innovation and investments can improve the environment and the economy at the same time."
  • How to progress your business towards a net positive and regenerative future - insights from from Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever.


  • Cambridge Co-farm - a community run and owned farm. See their website for volunteering opportunities and other resources.
  • Food Systems Handbook - 400+ resources on the current global food crisis.
Conservation, Biodiversity & Regeneration


  • Restorative vs Regenerative design - some definitions.
  • Conservation Evidence - a free, accessible and authoritative information resource for anyone making decisions about how to maintain and restore biodiversity, Conservation Evidence documents the evidence on the effectiveness of conservation actions to support decisions on how to best maintain and restore global biodiversity.
  • Pesticide-free Guide - "Alternatives to Synthetic Pesticides: A Guide for Schools, Businesses & Residents" from Pesticide-free Cambridge
  • Operation Wallacea - a biodiversity and climate research organisation. Running biodiversity field expeditions for 25 years, they support the research of hundreds of academics. The expeditions are funded from tuition fees paid by students who gain experience of working with publishing scientists.
  • Conservation Strategy Fund - "uses economics to benefit people and nature" to facilitate "a world where policy and human behaviour incorporate the understanding that economic development and the conservation of our limited natural resources are possible together".
  • WildEast - "creating a wetter, wilder and woodier future" by returning used and unused land back to nature and ecological systems.
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature - "a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations" that "harnesses the experience, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations, and the input of some 15,000 experts, to be the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it".
  • Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) - the conservation scientists' equivalent of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) group of climate scientists, the IPBES is "an independent intergovernmental body established to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development".
  • Friends of the Earth - "an international community dedicated to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We lead campaigns, provide resources and information, and drive real solutions to the environmental problems facing us all."
Energy, Carbon, Emissions & Sea Level


Recycling, Re-use & Donating


  • Warpit - Helps gets the best value out of surplus resources from the University by finding owners for usable items that would otherwise have to be disposed of, cutting both procurement and waste disposal costs.
  • Life is a Gift - "an open group where people living in the Greater Cambridge area (the city and first ring of villages) can come together without the use of money and offer skills, request services or just find free stuff. A parallel gift economy."
  • Freecycle - "a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages."
  • Where to Donate in Cambridge to support our vulnerable and homeless community - " a list of all the various places to make donations across the city, including organisations which are looking for volunteers and money donations."
  • Find your nearest recycling point - anything with a plug, battery or cable can be reused or recycled. Find your nearest centre that pledges to recycle computers, phones and other devices securely.
  • Recycle Now - store locator, "helping you recycle and pass on your unwanted items".
  • Community Repair Network (UK) - "a network of voluntary, community-based repair groups and networks".
  • How my lab went from 4,000 kg to 130 kg of waste a year - an article.
Well-being & Planetary Health


  • Well-being Economy Alliance - "a collaboration of organisations, alliances, movements and individuals working towards a wellbeing economy, delivering human and ecological wellbeing.".
  • UrbanBetter - "a [African-led, international] learning collaborative and advocacy platform connecting and mobilising individuals, communities and organisations for healthy sustainable urban environments."
  • Planetary Health Alliance - "a growing consortium of over 300 universities, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and government entities from over 60 countries committed to understanding and addressing the impacts of global environmental change on human health and wellbeing".
  • Living with the Climate Crisis, run by Climate Psychology Alliance - they provide group support, materials and routes to action for those struggling with the climate crisis, everything from carbon reduction to community and political action.
  • Force of Nature - Climate Anxiety Discussion Guide - "This 4-module discussion guide has been designed by a group of young people trained in talking about climate anxiety. The aim of it is to help you facilitate conversations about the climate crisis while safeguarding young people, navigating strong feelings, and fostering emotional resilience."


  • 10 new insights in Climate Science - #COP26 A video from the United Nations.
  • A Just Transition - an illuminating report that explains the likely impacts of a transition to low and no-carbon energy sources on human rights, highlighting the need for a Just Transition. Credit: IHRB
  • The Great Simplification - An animated podcast by Nate Hagens that explores the systems science underpinning the human predicament. Conversation topics span human behaviour, monetary/economic systems, energy, ecology, geopolitics and the environment. 
  • Cambridge Zero - Cambridge University initiative to combat climate change. Lots of useful resources, information and potential ideas for collaboration.
  • Annual reports - all the annual sustainability report from the University of Cambridge
  • You Plan Your Planet - "...a joint project between Google, the California Academy of Sciences and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation designed to help you find simple, everyday, and science-based ways to improve your impact on the planet.".
  • See the S&C Hub's own Professor Steve Evans discussing Manufacturing Sustainability. Recording here, follow up Q&A here.
  • Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops - free educational video series on the feedback loops of the climate.
  • Christ's College Climate Seminar Series - free lecture series co-organised with Christ's College and Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy.
Film/TV, Podcasts, Content Creation & Advertisement


  • We Are Albert - Environmental Sustainability in Film & TV. An emerging broadcast authority funded by the industry to regulate environmental sustainability in film and TV, providing FREE resources and training for industry execs and budding film makers alike.
  • The Do One Better Podcast in philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 2019 by Alberto Lidji, Wolfson alumnus and former CEO of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, with more than 100 episodes featuring Paul Polman, Sir David King, Julia Gillard, David Miliband, David Lynch and many others.
  • Green Claims Code - the UK government's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has developed the Green Claims Code, setting out 6 key points to check environmental claims from businesses are genuinely green.
Built Environment


  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network - "brings local government sustainability practitioners together to learn, collaborate, and accelerate the work of local sustainability."
  • Retro-fitting your home guide - a guide to reduce energy use, bills and carbon emissions from the Cambridge City Council.
  • Open Eco Homes - actions, resources, tours, talks, case studies and event on new builds, retrofits and home improvement, from Cambridge Carbon Footprint.
  • UrbanBetter, Cityzens - "By 2030, all urban infrastructure projects in Africa will embed health and climate resilience principles in their design and implementation". See here to learn how be a better global citizen for planetary health.
  • Video seminar - Designing for Resilience Based on the Science of Ecology, by Dr Ken Yeang, Wolfson alumnus and Honourary Fellow.
  • Heart health: design cities differently and it can help us live longer - an article in The Conversation from Wolfson Fellow Tolu Oni.
  • Co-housing example: Marmalade Lane - "A sustainable neighbourhood of 42 award-winning homes with extensive community facilities and a sociable shared garden and car-free lane".
Wolfson Specific
  • Wolfson Tree Trail - Explore the trees of Wolfson
  • Green Talks - a Wolfson termly lecture series by the Wolfson Green Society, all recordings here
  • Video - An introduction to the Wolfson gardens (Phil Stigwood, 2015)
  • Video - A tour of the Wolfson's secret gardens (Oscar Holgate, 2020)
Cambridgeshire Specific


  • Cambridge Resilience Web - all social-justice and environment-focussed groups at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge City.
  • Cambridge CVS -  a registered charity set up to champion and support community and voluntary groups, and promote volunteering across Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Fenland.
  • Greenbridge - a student-led facebook group for all Cambridgeshire based environment, climate and sustainability related publicity, recruitment and discussion to be shared.
  • Cambridgeshire Climate Emergency and Map - "a coordinated network of community groups across Cambridgeshire driving rapid transformation to achieve zero carbon".
  • A good list of Sustainability Events in Cambridge.
  • Repository of all Annual Environmental and Sustainability Reports from the University of Cambridge.
  • SystemsLink - view your University of Cambridge College or department's energy usage.
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Climate Action Coalition - Supporting local people and groups towards climate action, and checking actions and holding the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to account on the recommendations of its Full Climate Report.
  • Online training course pinboard - compiled by Cambridge Researcher Development (CRD) team: all researcher development opportunities available to postgraduate research students across the University, including courses designed and delivered by the CRD team, Public Engagement, the Office of Scholarly Communications, LinkedIn and more.
  • Cambridge Colleges Biodiversity Report 2020-2021 - a biodiversity report of the Cambridge Colleges, authored by non-Wolfson student Kirsty Mackinlay for her Engage for Change Project 2021. The report contains fantastic overview and advice garnered from extensive interviews and research, done in collaboration with a majority of the Cambridge College’s Head Gardeners.
  • College Biodiversity Baseline Summary Report 2022 - the University of Cambridge’s Sustainability Team and the College Bursars Environment sub-Committee are proud to share the first College Biodiversity Baseline Summary Report.
  • Friends of the Earth (Cambridge) - "a movement creating a safer climate, flourishing nature, and healthy air, water and food, now and for future generations. We campaign for change in our community to make a difference to the environment locally, nationally, and globally.

University articles for further reading:

Relevant Art for inspiration



Climate Risk & Action Plans


Free Data & Toolkits


  • Environmental Datasets - a number of data centres and data resources hosted on behalf of the UK research community by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • WorldPop - Open Spatial Demographic Data and Research
  • Price & Myers Embodied Carbon Database free dataset - 1st edition (June 21), 2nd edition (Feb 22), 3rd edition (Jan 23)
  • Green Toolkit for New Space Economy - "A Toolkit for the UK space sector to gauge the impact of their activities on the environment and human society".
  • Sustainable Overton - a toolkit for setting up Climate Change community groups for Parish Councils
  • Cambridge Resilience Web - interactive user interface is open-source on request. Message the group with interest.
  • Carbon Impact Tool - carbon community calculator: "Impact is a digital visualisation tool that helps you understand your community’s carbon footprint. It works for parishes, wards and local authority areas. It helps identify the areas where taking action to tackle climate change can make the biggest difference".
  • Britain Talks Climate - "an evidence-based toolkit designed to support any organisation that wants to engage the British public on climate change."
  • Multifunctional Landscapes - The UK land use challenge from The Royal Society - "Land use is complex. There are so many things we rely on land to do. Try our interactive graphic to discover some of the competing factors that affect land use decisions. Learn how different land uses can be complimentary to one another and try designing a landscape that delivers multiple benefits for society. Create your landscape here."
News, Stories & Positive Coverage


  • Positive News - "Positive News is the magazine for good journalism about good things. When much of the media is full of doom and gloom, instead Positive News is the first media organisation in the world that is dedicated to quality, independent reporting about what’s going right."
  • Carbon Brief - A "UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy" using "clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response".
  • Everyday Stories of Climate Change - artworks and illustrated stories of low-income families experience of climate change and their strategies to adapt & recover.
  • United Nations Climate Action page - find news, resources and ways to act now.
Leagues & Rankings




Jobs & Careers



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