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Cambridge Built Environment Sustainability Project

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If you have a question about this talk, please contact Emilia Melville.

The Centre for Energy Studies is supporting a student-driven initiative aimed at encouraging students to carry out research projects that will contribute to improving the sustainability performance of the university and/or colleges, and to encourage their use as ‘living laboratories’ for sustainability education. Many of you will have heard about this initiative from Emilia Melville, a CUSU Ethical Affairs Officer and final year engineer, and some of you may have attended the inaugural event at King’s College in January.

We have agreed to host an event on the 12th of March from 10.30-12:00 at Engineering, Lecture Room 6. The objective of this event is to stimulate interest in sustainability-related student research involving the university and/or colleges, and to initiate some ‘match making’ between the people that manage the infrastructure, students and academics. The proposed agenda is, as follows:

1. Short presentations by representatives from Estate Management and a few Colleges about their sustainability challenges and opportunities, e.g. reducing energy consumption.

2. A number of academics to present brief overviews of their sustainability-related research and, if appropriate, to express their willingness to supervise or support student research.

3. Q&A and mingling so that students can meet the speakers and other academics in attendance and informally discuss research project ideas.

We would be delighted if you could attend and, perhaps, contribute a brief presentation under Agenda Item 2. You could cover an aspect of your current research and/or refer to an interesting project(s) by previous students under you supervision. You are very welcome to attend, even if you do not contribute a presentation!

Please let Claire Murray ( know if you are available to attend, preferably before 6th March.

If you are unable to attend, you can also contribute by sending an outline of a possible research topic to Emilia Melville (

Your welcome to pass this invitation on to your colleagues and/or postgraduate students, who might be interested in supporting or supervising research by (final year) students. In keeping with the interdisciplinary ambitions of this initiative, we are eager to involve interested academics from as many relevant disciplines as possible.

Emilia has established a CamTools site for this initiative ( For further information, you are welcome to contact me or Emilia.

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