What is it?
Green Impact is a change and engagement program to encourage people to take simple actions on socio-economic and environmental issues at work and beyond.
First developed by the National Union of Students (NUS) in the United Kingdom in 2006, the program has been a massive success in the UK. In 2016 NUS and the Green Impact program and was recognised with the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development in 2016.
In 2017, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) formed a unique partnership with NUS (UK) to become the delivery partner for Green Impact in Australia and New Zealand.
How does it work?
Green Impact provides a framework, bespoke to your university, to empower staff and students to work together and make positive social, environmental and economic differences on a local level.
After completing an online toolkit of actions tailored to your institution, Green Impact rewards the work of your staff and students with a year-end award ceremony to recognise the action taken over the academic year.
Green Impact allows you to drive forward the cutting edge of sustainability through empowering staff and students. In the UK, students’ unions and their parent institutions are working together to take action on education for sustainable development, reverse the decline of pollinating insects, develop their own socially responsible business models, and much more.
This yield benefits far beyond environmental responsibility. Green Impact brings new people together; it develops more streamlined ways of working and makes huge cuts to energy bills. It also develops essential employability skills and knowledge among students, instilling values which last beyond their time in education. More than that, it creates stronger links on campus between students and staff, and builds relationships with the local community.
Whether your university is new to sustainability or doing lots of work already, Green Impact is the perfect way to bring all your sustainability initiatives together, maximising their collective impact.
Together, bottom-up greening action can make a huge difference.
Benefits of Green Impact
Watch the ‘Introduction to Green Impact’ webinar to learn how Green Impact can work for your institution.