The Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society (CUECS) was established in 2001 by Dr. Alex Wonhas, then a PhD candidate at Cambridge, who wanted to make the university and city more environmentally responsible.
Still going strong today, CUECS is the leading student-run organisation focusing on solutions to environmental issues within the University and town of Cambridge. We make a positive impact by helping organisations alter their practices in cost efficient and environmentally responsible ways through student-run projects, while simultaneously giving our members genuine consultancy experience.
What we do:
We offer a broad range of activities for members to engage with:
- General meetings with guest speakers
- Careers/Networking Events
- Presentations at events within Cambridge’s ethical/green scene
CUECS’s committee organises all society activities listed above, informing our mailing list of over 800 members with bulletins (often no more than 4 times per term), and works to promote the CUECS brand within the university and town.
CUECS’s main work is organised around project teams, which consist of motivated students from amongst the society’s pool of members. Our projects include the Green League Table (GLT), the College Ball Sustainability Project (CBSP), and the Ecology Education Group (EEG).
The GLT was established in 2002 as a questionnaire with a ranking system. Over a decade on and the questionnaire has undergone some major alterations, chiefly in the collection of quantitative data. CUECS now publishes a well respected set of indices by which Colleges can be compared; these chart management practice, energy and water use, as well as recycling.
Sustain-a-ball was established to address the large amount of waste generated by the well known Cambridge May Balls. CUECS consultants are now sought out ahead of time by ball committees for their advice and expertise on sustainable waste disposal.
The Thermal Imaging Team provides consulting services to university colleges and departments by conducting thermal surveys followed by data analysis and recommendation .
Why we do it
As a student society dedicated to issues relating to environmentalism, energy consumption, and resource management, we strive to make our outlook holistic and our impact as effective as possible. As such, we aim to operate as a society by the principles highlighted below. These principles are broad and overlap with each other, but are stated to give you an idea of the basis for what we do and why…
Practical knowledge of the problem: to provide clear, quantitative knowledge to individuals and organisations so they can make informed decisions on how to reduce their carbon footprint, a principle that is particularly reflected in the practices of the GLT.
Efficient resource management: to organise effective ways of managing the resources individuals and organisations use so as to reduce their environmental impact, a principle that is particularly reflected in the practices of the CBSP.
General awareness and behavioural change: to provide platforms for informing individuals and organisations with the basic principles behind environmentally-conscious ways of living, a principle that is particularly reflected in the practices of the EEG.