East Midlands Climate Ambassadors

Climate Ambassadors Logo, department for Education.

The Climate Ambassadors scheme mobilises and supports educational settings in England to act on climate change with the help of skilled volunteers. Climate Ambassadors from across the private, public and charity sectors provide settings with free, tailored guidance to progress their Climate Action Plans, wherever they are on their sustainability journey.

Led by the University of Reading and EAUC, the Climate Ambassador scheme has been granted £2 million in funding from the Department for Education, to bolster support for education settings with free access to a skilled network of hundreds of trained volunteers to progress their Climate Action Plans, that settings wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Hand scattering soil on a seedling plant.

In the East Midlands, the scheme is hosted by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University through the Universities for Nottingham Partnership. The regional hub spans a vast and diverse area from the top corners of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, down through Leicestershire, Rutland and North Northamptonshire, as well as Nottinghamshire in between.

The Climate Ambassadors Scheme provides an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to share their knowledge, skills and passion for supporting sustainability and climate action to inspire meaningful change within local communities, education settings and young people across the East Midlands. By working closely with our universities, networks, and beyond, we can draw upon a variety of essential skills and experiences to drive impactful, long-lasting and community-focused change towards a more sustainable future.

Matilda Crane, East Midlands RHM

Our region boasts a diverse range of expert skills within the sustainability and climate change sector, particularly across the universities and research centres within the region, as well as a plethora of technical industry partnerships and innovative businesses.

Gavin Scott, Head of Sustainability at the University of Nottingham

We are in a unique position to support education settings across the East Midlands to take bold action on climate change, by offering them the collective sustainability expertise of both Nottingham universities as well as that of our regional partners, supply chains and wider community through the Hub.

Laura Mayhew-Manchón, Head of Sustainability at Nottingham Trent University

Call to Action

The scheme is recruiting volunteers to put their sustainability expertise to work. Haven’t worked in an education setting before? Not to worry, all volunteers will receive training on climate action plans and advice on applying their knowledge and skills in an education setting.

Why get involved:

You’ll be joining an active network of Climate Ambassadors supporting education settings to take positive action for sustainability in your community. As a Climate Ambassador, you can expect to:

  • Make your skills and knowledge count to tackle real-world sustainability and climate challenges
  • Make a genuine difference to your community, supporting education settings that need and value your contributions
  • Inspire future generations and their influencers with positive solutions to environmental challenges
  • Develop sustainability and climate leadership skills – for yourself and those you work with
  • Gain a sense of achievement as you see your advice and ideas put into practice
  • Develop your own skills, with training on climate essentials, systems change and working with education settings.


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