Green Gown Awards 2015 Leadership Award - Professor Jeremy Sanders CBE FRSC FRS - Finalist

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, University of Cambridge

Through Professor Jeremy Sanders’ inspirational leadership, the University of Cambridge’s approach to embedding sustainability into the institution’s thinking, decision-making and operations has been transformed. He is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, responsible for policy and strategy in the areas of environmental sustainability, human resources, relationships with the local community and public engagement.

Under his leadership, there has been a dramatic step-change in the University’s ambition for environmental sustainability, including a substantial increase in the level of staffing and resources dedicated to achieving this vision.

He has led a wide-ranging and comprehensive review of the University’s Environmental Policy resulting in adoption and publication of a new Environmental Sustainability Policy and Strategy, which contains a far-reaching commitment by the University to make a positive impact through outstanding environmental sustainability performance. He is Chair of the Environmental Strategy Committee and the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project Board.

Top 3 learnings

1 Invest in people – ensure that you have the appropriate staffing structure to work towards your vision

2 Build capacity at all levels across the University

3 The process is just as important as the outcome.

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