Hello, my name is Serena and I’m the newest member of the business team here at Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) – a Peterborough-based environmental charity that runs projects both locally and nationally.
I am working with the business team who run Investors in the Environment - an accreditation scheme for businesses who want to become more sustainable. I am here for the summer as I’m currently a student at the University of York studying Environmental Science.
I have really enjoyed my studies so far and feel that the surrounding environment is something everyone should take a keen interest in. Having looked in depth at the science behind climate change and the extent to which humanity has taken advantage of the planet I know that we all have shared responsibility to protect what we have and ensure future generations aren’t compromised.
This has led me to an aspiration to one day work within the environment sector. I was aware of Peterborough Environment City Trust’s work having lived in the city myself and so got in touch with Investors in the Environment to see if I could help out over the summer and gain some valuable work experience.
The team help businesses achieve green accreditation through reducing their resource consumption, such as water and electricity, and by introducing environmental management systems. I’m supporting the team on a day-to-day basis and my role includes updating the website, managing social media, updating databases and general admin.
Everyone has been very welcoming and they are a lovely team to be a part of. During my time here I am also hoping to carry out a bit of research for my dissertation, specifically looking at renewable energy opportunities for small businesses.
Outside of studying and work I am a keen rower and have recently competed at the prestigious Henley Women’s Regatta. I have also agreed to take part in a Lands End to John O’Groats bike ride this September so the days I’m not in the office are spent cycling around the Cambridgeshire countryside!
All in all I’ve really enjoyed my first couple of weeks here at PECT and looking forward to seeing what challenges and excitements the next few weeks bring!