Voluntary Role

The University of Leeds Sustainability Service is offering an opportunity for students to gain auditing experience through the Green Impact scheme. You will receive IEMA (Institute for Environmental Management and Accreditation) accredited auditor training from an external NUS trainer, which will appear on your final degree certificate. The day consists of a morning of training followed by an inclusive lunch and then an afternoon of completing audits of Green Impact teams to ensure they are adhering to the standards of the award level they are aiming to achieve. To be involved you must be available on Monday 30th April, contact Rory Hayes to sign-up to volunteer stating your interest and any dietary requirements R.Hayes@leeds.ac.uk. The day is free of charge but there are limited spaces, so it will be on a first come first served basis.

Green Impact

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation programme designed to encourage, support and celebrate departments and services in their efforts to improve sustainability across campus.  Interested staff create a team in their area, and receive a workbook outlining practical actions related directly to the University of Leeds Sustainability Strategy to carry out.  The aim of the workbook is to embed sustainability into the University’s practices and culture and make sustainable actions a norm.

Depending on the number of actions departments carry out, they can achieve either: a ‘Working Towards’ accreditation, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Platinum Plus. Following the workbook completion teams are audited by student auditors to check that the actions they have signed off in the online workbook have been carried out in the department. This gives you a chance to learn how to audit and practice these skills in a real situation.


We are looking for volunteer auditors to tour the departments and conduct audits.  Each volunteer auditor will be fully trained on the criteria and what they need to audit through a half-day of training.  In pairs or groups depending on the number of volunteers auditors will then complete one or more audits.  An audit should take between one and two hours to complete depending on the size of the department. Most of these will take place in the afternoon of auditor training but there may be some the following week depending on department availability.



You must be available for the day of 30th April from 9am to 5pm.

If you have any questions contact Rory on R.Hayes@leeds.ac.uk