About Us

Cambridge Carbon Footprint works to raise awareness of climate change
issues and to support people in moving to low-carbon living.

Our vision is of low carbon communities which are sustainable, resilient and rewarding.

Our mission is to inspire people to engage with climate change and empower them, individually and within their communities, to move towards low carbon living. We offer a varied programme of events and activities which will inspire people to engage with climate change and empower them to join together to build a low-carbon future. We aim to engage at many levels, including with individuals, community groups and local organisations.

Some central themes of our work are:  effective communication about climate change, home energy, transport, food, other consumption and waste.

The Paris UN Climate Agreement preamble recognises:
“that sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production, with developed country Parties taking the lead, play an important role in addressing climate change”

Our history

Over the years we have run a diverse range of projects aimed at providing both practical advice, and psychological support for personal action on climate change.​
2005

Ro Randall and Andy Brown started CCF in 2005, engaging Cambridge people in one-to-one conversations about climate change and reducing their carbon footprints.  Ro's expertise in psychotherapy and Andy's in low-energy buildings, shaped CCF's approach to carbon reduction as a psychological, as well as a technical challenge.

2006

In 2006 CCF became a limited company. Carbon Conversations, engaging workshops for small groups meeting over 5-6 sessions was also first run this year. Funding enabled the Akashi project to involve BME people and organisations in climate change. The project delivered several vibrant festivals.

2008

CCF became a charity, and we expanded our outreach work.

2009

In 2009 the UN climate talks in Copenhagen prompted more political work by CCF. We rallied with other groups as a member of the Stop Climate Chaos national coalition (now the Climate Coalition), which we remain members today.

2010

Open Eco Homes was first run by CCF in 2010 and annually since: householders show their low-energy homes to visitors, who are inspired to make their own home energy savings. Ro stood down as CCF Director in 2010, with Andy retiring as Treasurer in 2011. They continue to help run Carbon Conversations nationally.

2012

In 2012 CCF's work on reducing food footprints blossomed, with several challenges and a conference. CCF then incubated Cambridge Sustainable Food, now a separate thriving organisation.

2013-2016

We developed a new focus on reducing consumption footprints, including Second-Hand Style (2013), clothes swaps and Repair Cafes - in 2016 we launched Circular Cambridge.

2016-2020

Building on the work of the Circular Cambridge project, CCF worked with others to build one of the largest networks of local Repair Cafes in the world.

All this (and much more) has only been possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers and staff, past and present, working together to help tackle climate change.