What is Green Impact?
Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme developed by the NUS that runs in universities, colleges and community organisations across the UK.
Green Impact aims to green institutions and encourage positive environmental behaviours. Staff departmental teams follow a structured online workbook, tailored to our University and filled with well-explained, straightforward and fun actions. Over the course of the year, the programme brings together staff and students to implement these actions, improving a department’s impact upon the environment. This greens the framework of the University and allows for powerful behaviour change to occur with staff greening the institution from the bottom up.
Green Impact is all about rewarding positive environmental action. When completing the online workbook, teams work through different levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold to gain an award for their efforts; the coveted Green Impact slate! Additionally, teams can be in with a chance of winning a Special Award, a prize to acknowledge those who have gone the extra mile.
At the end of the academic year, it is time to reward these achievements at the Green Impact Sustainability Showcase where staff and students can come together to celebrate the positive change they have created.
The University of Sheffield has taken part in Green Impact since 2009/2010, as part of our behaviour change strategy to reduce our carbon emissions. We have committed to a 43% carbon emission reduction by 2020 (see the EFM pages for more details on our work towards this.
How does it work?
Green Impact teams are formed within staff departments, usually one per department.
By forming a Green Impact team within your department, or by joining the department’s existing team, you gain access to the online workbook.
The workbook is comprised of different tabs; Bronze, Silver, Bonus, Special, Labs and Grounds. Within each different category or tab, actions are broken down into different topical sections of waste, energy, procurement, biodiversity, community and water.
The Bronze tab lays the foundations of Green Impact within the department and actions get more challenging as teams progress through the workbook towards Gold. You can find out more about awards here.
How do I get started?
Contact us and we can give you more information on starting out!
Find out here if there is already a Green Impact team within your department to join. If not, you can form a new team.
Next, all you need to do is register on the Green Impact workbook and you’re ready to start making changes within your department.
If you need extra help along the way, students trained as Green Impact Project Assistants are there to help teams complete their workbooks.