Carbon Ambassadors in the Community

NUS has teamed up with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to run an innovative and exciting new energy efficiency project called Carbon Ambassadors in the Community.

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It will be run in partnership with ten partner Students’ Unions in England during the 2009/2010 academic year. 

The project will train student volunteers in practical energy efficiency auditing skills, then deploy them to community organisations and small businesses in and around their campus to help reduce community carbon.

Susan Nash, Vice President Society and Citizenship, said ‘This project seeks to tackle a number of pressing issues facing our members.

From helping to bridge closer links between students, students' unions and the community to providing students with valuable skills the Carbon Ambassador scheme is a shining example of what can be achieved by students, businesses and the community working collectively in the battle against climate change’.

The one-year project, launched as part of Freshers Weeks in September 2009, seeks to achieve the following:

  • Recruit and train a total of 200 volunteers from 10 English universities.
  • Complete 600 community audits over the 2009/10 academic year resulting in over 3,000 energy-saving actions being implemented.
  • Create online case studies to include an auditor blog and live energy tracker for how much energy we have saved. 

It is hoped that the audits will collectively save a total of 300 tonnes of carbon. For scaling purposes, the average carbon footprint of a person in the UK is around 10 tonnes of carbon a year.

For more information on the Carbon Ambassador project, please contact our Carbon Ambassador Project Officer by emailing

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Carbon Ambassadors is run in partnership with NUS, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.