Taking part in Green Impact is as simple as joining or forming a team!
Individuals located in the same physical space (such as an office, department, floor or building) form a team to jointly undertake a series of actions from a pre-designed toolkit. The toolkit has been developed to help teams improve the environmental performance of their workspaces and covers a holistic approach to sustainability. Once teams have completed a certain number of actions, they will be recognised with achieving an accreditation within the program.
The program is fun, flexible, and voluntary. Teams can complete as many actions from the toolkit as they like, even if it’s just one or two. The main aim is to help raise awareness of sustainability and take direct positive action within their workspaces!
The benefits of the program include:
- Increase your awareness of sustainability issues
- Learn how to make positive and healthy changes to your workplace
- Build camaraderie with like-minded individuals from your area
- Contribute to the University’s sustainability strategy and objectives
- Most importantly, learn new things and have fun!
Green Impact is the perfect way to bring together all the pieces of environmental work you’re already doing, and streamlining their collective impact.
If you’re doing something bigger or more structured, it provides a perfect communication tool for disseminating information and getting action.
This can break staff out of silos, get people talking together, and engage more and more people from the bottom up to really bring the whole organisation on board.
Teams can be any size, there are no restrictions. Teams should be set up within a physical location so a floor, department, building etc. One space/building can have multiple teams (split by floors or existing departmental teams), or departments may decide to cover the whole space/ building. The decision is on a case by case basis. However, we do recommend that team size is manageable. Green Impact is not designed for individuals but nor should it be unrealistic in its expectation of team size.
Sadly, there’s no fixed number, as we provide a bespoke service to every organisation we work with.
We don’t run Green Impact for profit, but we do need to cover our costs, and this is based on a number of factors ranging from how big your organisation is to your prior engagement with sustainability work.
NGOs and public sector organisations always pay 10 percent less than private sector organisations, but together we’ll work out the appropriate costs.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to make your workplace as good as it can be, and getting the broadest base of support for driving sustainability makes your efforts more impactful and long-lasting.
Estates generally concentrate on making your operations less bad – driving energy efficiency and tidying up waste streams, that sort of thing. Our holistic approach to sustainability empowers everyone to think about how your organisation can be – and do – more good.
Promoting sustainability is just as good for you as it is for the environment.
It makes your organisation more efficient, your departments more integrated, and your staff more motivated.
Plus, the flexibility of the program allows you to use creative thinking to take action on any personal or professional interests. It can be as integral to your day to day work as you like, or something completely different, if you want to develop new skill sets.
Absolutely! We encourage students to get involved in any capacity they can. This can be as a direct team member (esp. post graduates/PhD students who will often have dedicated space of their own), or in a volunteer support role as either a project assistant or a student auditor.
Green Impact is really flexible, allowing you to take action on whatever most interests you, or seems most suitable for your organisation.
Of course, there’s a bunch of actions which are required to achieve the various accreditations, but the beauty of the scheme is that these just form the platform from which you develop the areas of activity which work best for you.
Green Impact operates across all of society – from students’ unions, to universities and colleges, to NHS Trusts, to local authorities, to private sector organisations, to museums and dentists and shops and loads of other places. Pretty much everywhere.
It’s excellent for engaging completely different types of staff teams in completely different types of organisations. The model really can be adapted for anywhere.
So much. Our toolkit goes far beyond the narrow confines of environmental actions and will broaden your conception of what sustainability means.
Helping you drive change in areas from energy efficiency to procurement to economics to health and so much more, the actions of the Green Impact toolkit will bring improvements in all aspects of your working life.
Green Impact provides a structured focus to your sustainability work, as well as connecting you into a national network of other organisations using the same mechanism to drive positive change.
Working together and learning from each other, our efforts reinforce each other and push us to develop, evolve and better our performance.
t’s basically completely up to you.
You can set yourself realistic targets about what you want to achieve over your year of Green Impact, and then spread out your efforts over as much time and as many people as you like. You make the program work for you.
You don’t have to do every action! Each level has a selection of different actions for teams to choose from. Choose the actions from each level that you want to complete to gain that award. This gives teams the flexibility to choose things they enjoy, are passionate about and have the influence to change in your area of work.
Once the program has launched for the year you can sign up at any time before the closing date. However, we do recommend signing up sooner rather than later as this gives teams more time to implement the actions and take advantage of the training and support activities provided by the sustainable campus team. The program is an annual one. Check with your institution’s sustainability team to find out the opening and closing dates.
Actions can be recorded within the toolkit during this time. However, we encourage teams to undertake actions all year round, to ensure continuity with the sustainability message but also to take the pressure off teams during the toolkits opening. Actions can then just be recorded during this time period.
No, teams do not have to complete all available actions within that level to reach accreditation. Teams have to do a minimum of xx actions for Bronze and Silver and a minimum of xx for Gold. However, we do encourage teams to do more if they can, not only will this be a win for sustainability but it also means you can compete with other teams for the highest point scoring prizes at the end of the year. First, second and third place are recognised. However, the program should not be onerous either, we appreciate teams have limited capacity so please just do what you can.
The program is all about continual improvement. As such, the award is valid on an annual basis. You have to accomplish bronze each year before you can move onto silver or gold. However, if you have accomplished bronze once, templates and actions will already be available and teams should be able to achieve this award relatively easily and quickly next time around. Also, if teams keep up their actions all year they should be able to tick off multiple actions right at the start.
Project Assistants are student volunteers that can be assigned to your team to support you in implementing Green Impact. Teams do not have to have a student assistant but we would highly recommend them. Staff teams can help to provide a valuable volunteering role for students, to help improve their skills and give them work experience.
Students will offer extra resources to teams, as well as bring a fresh perspective/skill set to that team. They are an extra resource for teams and can perform any task set out by the team. We encourage teams to include them in their planning and implementation. Teams will be offered a project assistant once their training has been completed.
No competition is complete without an overall winner! Teams within the program can compete to gain the most points. Awards for first, second and third place will be awarded to the 3 highest point-scoring teams. This means that even if you are not able to reach the next official award level, you can still undertake additional actions to increase your point score and be in with a chance of winning.
There are also special awards! These give you the chance to nominate individuals, ideas and projects in your team that you think go above and beyond what is included in the toolkit or are particularly innovative. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges.