Green Impact

Green Impact is a fun and flexible program for staff and students to undertake practical actions to make our University more sustainable.

The Green Impact program for 2021 is now open! Register a team or sign up as an individual student today.

Piloted for the first time in Australia at the University of Melbourne in 2017, Green Impact is a change and engagement program, developed in the UK by the National Union of Students (NUS) and delivered in Australia by Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). It has been implemented by over 400 organisations worldwide to consistently positive feedback from participants. The program raises awareness of sustainability within each organisation by giving people a focused approach to tackling issues and supporting them in achieving these actions.

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Hear Vice-President (Administration & Finance), Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Sustainability Executive, Allan Tait, explain why staff and students should join Green Impact in 2021.

How it works

Staff, students, student clubs, colleges and retailers can all take part in the Green Impact program in 2021. All you need to do is form a team and complete sustainable actions from an online toolkit that has been designed specifically for the University of Melbourne. If you're a student, you can also get involved as a Project Assistant or Student Auditor or join the Individual Student Toolkit.

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These actions are designed to improve the environmental and social performance of your workspace/space of influence and cover a range of categories including biodiversity, climate action, diversity and inclusion, energy and water, engagement, health and wellbeing, procurement, teaching and learning, and waste.

Green Impact is a friendly competition and actions are organised into bronze, silver, gold and platinum categories, and win your team points depending on the level. You must record evidence for the actions that you complete such as photos, meeting minutes or comments. However, by completing just one action you will still gain recognition for your efforts. The program is fun and flexible whilst achieving meaningful change and runs from March through to October.

After completing actions throughout the year, you will have the chance to celebrate your achievements with other teams and be recognised for your impact at the annual awards ceremony in November.

UoM Green Impact 2018 Participants

Green Impact winners

The sustainability change and engagement program has been extremely successful since its launch at the University of Melbourne in 2017. Since then, over 160 teams, 1 500 participants and 300 student volunteers have been involved, with 4 000 actions logged. Now in its fifth year, Green Impact at the University of Melbourne continues to grow. To see all the results and winners from 2017–2020 visit our winner’s page and gallery.