What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is the perfect opportunity to make a difference as staff or student in your workplace or faculty to make The University a more sustainable environment! As the final year Green Impact is running don’t miss your chance to get involved and go for Gold!

Green Impact is a nationally recognised sustainability accreditation scheme that brings together our staff and students into teams to play an active role in making the workplace more sustainable.  Sustainability is increasingly high on organisations’ agendas and the University has committed to the targets within the Sustainability Strategy so it’s important for the University community to be involved in improving the sustainability of the University.

The scheme is open to teams from every corner of the University, and we have a specific scheme for labs.

There is also the opportunity for students to get involved through the Green Impact Project Assistant (GIPA) role, this involves a half-day of training in first semester and requires roughly an hour of work per week, this is an excellent opportunity to get involved with the scheme and this year will see a Studnet Led Team carrying out a University wide project.

There is also the opportunity to become a Green Impact Auditor and receive a morning of IEMA accredited training followed by an afternoon of putting your knowledge into practice.

The scheme gives the structure to make positive change while being very flexible and enabling you to tailor what actions you take to your department or office. It works by completing actions (or ‘Green Impact criteria‘), which feed in directly to the aims of the Sustainability Strategy, and the more you complete, the higher the award you receive at our awards ceremony in June!

The interactive online workbook, which goes live Thursday 19th October, enables you to see what actions you still need to complete and means you can easily upload evidence to keep us up to date with your progress throughout the year!

Access the workbook HERE.

After the completion of the Bronze criteria, teams have two options; either continue with the workbook or complete a project of their choice! Being Green Impacts final year before the scheme is replaced by a new tailored University of Leeds scheme, don’t miss your final opportunity to get involved.

2017/2018 teams: the deadline for workbook submission is Wenesday 11th April, so get started!

Why get involved

“Before I started taking part in Green Impact I was interested in how my workplace affected the environment and how I could make a difference, but the sheer range of things that could be done was overwhelming. When my department joined Green Impact we were given a workbook of challenges which provided the structure we needed to start making a real difference.” – Howard Collier, Clinical Trials Research UnitAt the end of the year, the criteria are audited by IEMA-trained University students, then all teams are invited to the annual Sustainability Awards where each team is recognised for their achievements, whether that’s Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus or a Project award!

Want to get involved?

New teams check out the Green impact guide, the Green impact labs guide or the ‘Getting Started‘ info. Have a look at Green Impact Volunteering to get involved.

Email the Sustainability Service on sustainability@leeds.ac.uk

Contact: Rory Hayes for more information – R.Hayes@leeds.ac.uk