Green Impact @ UoM
Green Impact is a change and engagement program, developed in the UK by the National Union of Students (NUS). Piloted for the first time in Australia at the University of Melbourne, it’s been implemented by over 400 organisations worldwide. It aims to raise awareness of sustainability, university wide, by giving people a focused approach to tackling sustainability issues and supporting them in achieving these actions.
It is a fantastic program for staff and students wanting to make a difference but are not sure how, as well as providing recognition and support for those who are already working hard to implement positive change!
Benefits of Taking Part
Worldwide feedback regarding Green Impact has been consistently positive, with participants reporting that it is a fun and engaging way to make meaningful environmental and sustainability change in their offices and across campus.
- Learn about University of Melbourne’s sustainability strategy/objectives and how this relates to your department
- Meet other contacts from across campus who are part of the sustainability network
- Gain tips about how to reduce your impact at work and at home
However, don't take our word for it! Hear what other participants had to say, in the University of Cambridge, UK, first year of Green Impact video!
There are also a whole host of video resources – so if you have five minutes, these short and engaging videos are worth a watch.
Sustainability Plan 2017-2020
In February this year, the University launched the Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 and has made a commitment to ensuring its values of environmental and social sustainability are reflected in the experience of students, staff and the community in their daily activities on campus.
Green Impact is a university wide change and engagement program, that will help us raise awareness of sustainability with staff and students across campus and help us embed it into all our practices and behaviours. We hope everyone will embrace Green Impact and help us to make the biggest impact we can.
Make a positive environmental impact and engage staff and students in your departments, faculties and offices. Make up a team and follow the step by step guide below to get involved!
Register your team
- Teams sign up to take part in Green Impact; they may be any size and typically are composed of members from a department or floor.
- Assign a team leader(s) but get as many colleagues involved as you can.
Sign up to your online workbook
- Participants take part in Green Impact by completing actions and recording them in an online workbook.
- All team members can have access to the workbook if they wish.
- Actions are grouped into themed criteria such as waste and recycling, energy, water, engagement, procurement, health and wellbeing, biodiversity, and travel.
- Participants progress through these simple, clear and easy criteria, completing multiple actions within the workbook to work towards a bronze, silver or gold accreditation.
Detailed instructions on how to use the workbook and how to achieve accreditation are included in the GI Toolkit.
- Submit your workbook by the 29th August.
- Your online workbook will be audited by student auditors.
- Teams will be awarded with internationally-recognised accreditations.
- Come to the celebration at our end of year Green Impact Award ceremony!
We are looking for student volunteers to get involved to gain practical work experience, have fun and to help make positive changes to the University!
There are two available roles per Green Impact team:
- Student Assistant (weekly support from March – September, avg 30 mins per week)
- Student Auditor (1 day training and audit of departments in September)
- OR be part of your departmental Green Impact Team
No technical knowledge is needed! Full training will be provided to fit in with any learning or access requirements. All you need is an interest, enthusiasm and commitment.
Why join GI as a student volunteer?
- Improve your understanding of sustainability and behaviour change
- Develop professional and employability skills
- Improve your CV
- Gain direct workplace experience
- Learn team work and engagement skills
We are looking for student expressions of interest – please sign up below:
Toolkit User Guide
Please read through the user guide for help on navigating and using the GI Toolkit.
Green Impact Resources
Check out the helpful resources from NUS like poster templates, action plans etc. All available to download and ready to use. We'll be regularly updating this page to include UoM specific resources.
- Green Impact Recruitment Poster A3 (PDF, 2062.42 KB)
- Green Impact Recruitment Poster A3 (extra info) (PDF, 2632.72 KB)
- Green Impact Recruitment Poster A3 (editable) (DOCX, 812.53 KB)
- Energy Saving Stickers (PDF, 2758.58 KB)
- Computer Stickers (PDF, 1804.14 KB)
- Thermal Policy Stickers (PDF, 2088.19 KB)
- First Meeting Agenda Template (DOCX, 120.66 KB)
- Team Agreement Template (DOCX, 122.74 KB)
- Green Impact Mentor and Auditor Roles (PDF, 319.23 KB)
Check out the videos below, and for an extensive list see the Green Impact NUS Youtube Playlist.
Team Training Dates
- Thursday 1st June
12:30 - 1:30pm
Lunchtime Training, Arts West North Wing, Room 256
- Thursday 22nd June
Drop-in Q&A, Arts West North Wing, Room 161
- Tuesday 4th July
- Thursday 20th July
- Thursday 3rd August
- Thursday 17th August
Green Impact Project Cycle
- Tuesday 28 March 2017
Green Impact Launch
- April 2017
- April 2017
Student Assistant Recruitment
- Tuesday 29 August 2017
- September 2017
Toolkit Audits - Student Auditors
- Oct/Nov 2017
- December 2017
Feedback & Evaluation