Green Impact is a National Union of Students project where teams of staff and students work to improve the positive environmental impacts of their departments. Teams work to complete simple tangible actions around the University as laid out in an online workbook. As teams progress through the workbook they get the opportunity to win bronze, silver or gold awards. There are also awards available for individual students and staff who show themselves to be extremely committed to sustainability and the environment.
Students support the work of the Green Impact teams in two very important ways:
- Green Impact project assistants work closely with an individual team throughout the year to provide motivation, creativity and enthusiasm that can really help drive the team to achieve their sustainability goals. They receive training in key sustainability areas which can be really useful to teams who may not have in-depth knowledge of environmental issues.
- Green Impact auditors are student volunteers who undertake our sustainability audit training and then conduct several practical audits on our Green Impact teams. The auditors are essential for us to monitor and record the progress of our Green Impact teams and it is they who assess whether a team has achieved a bronze, silver or gold award at the end of the academic year.
In 2014/15 Green Impact potentially saved the University £22,700 and 197 tonnes of CO2 emissions – that's like taking more than 38 cars off the road for a year!
- 17 teams took part;
- 23 student Green Impact project assistants were trained;
- 17 student auditors conducted sustainability audits;
- a total of 425 environmental actions were completed by teams including 352 that were a direct result of Green Impact;
- 131 staff directly engaged; and
- more than 800 staff reached.
The 2015/16 scheme was even bigger and better, with 25 teams and 10 of these receiving a gold award. Download Green Impact case study (PDF).