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Project zero: how to become a change agent to decarbonise science


To help participants to devise and implement strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions linked with activities in their workplace and empower them to become agents for positive change in their institutions. 






The world has to rapidly decarbonise to prevent the worst effects of climate change and all sectors need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including academia. Whether you are a researcher, staff, or a student we all have an exciting and important role to play in reducing emissions from the academic sector.

Participants will:

  1. Discuss the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions from the academic sector. 
  2. Investigate and draw inspiration from decarbonisation success stories and best practices. 
  3. Identify relevant opportunities, challenges and how to overcome them.
  4. Describe at least one strategy to implement to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the participants’ research project, department, or institution.

Please note the course consists of several sessions, and you should be able to attend all of them.

Study commitment

Attendees will have to self study between the Zoom calls, including drafting a sustainability action plan between session 2 and 3.

Other relevant information

Participants will have the opportunity to be certified by the Carbon Literacy Project.

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to


Finished editions
  • 2021 Edition 1, Trimester 3: ONLINE : 19/10/2021


Kate Whitfield
Kate Whitfield

Kate Whitfield has worked in the academic sector for almost 20 years. She studied ‘net zero’ decarbonisation strategies with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is a certified ‘My Green Lab’ ambassador.

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