How to join Green Impact

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
  • Access to free resources and lots of support
  • Most importantly, learn new things and have fun!

Which team will you form?

All University of Melbourne staff and students can get involved with Green Impact. Choose a team category for more information, then follow the steps below to sign up.

  • Staff
    • Staff at the University can join the Green Impact program by forming a team. Teams can be any size and are typically composed of members from the same department, workspace or floor.
    • Come up with a fun team name and register your team to our online toolkit by following the instructions below.
    • Assign a primary and secondary team leader but get as many colleagues involved as you can.
    • Staff will be following the 'Offices' tab of the toolkit. If you are a labs-based team, you can follow both or one of the 'Offices' tab and/or the 'labs' tab. New teams must also complete the 'Start Here' tab in the toolkit.
  • Students
    • Students can get involved through one of four ways:
      1. Students can become a Project Assistant. In this role, you will be assigned to a staff team for the duration of the Green Impact program (March–October) and commit a minimum of 30 mins per week to support your team to undertake toolkit actions. Applications for this role will be available in late March. Apply today.
      2. Students can also become a Student Auditor. In this role, you commit to a full day of training and auditing in October and complete audits for two teams, gaining skills in the process. Applications for this role will be available later in the year. Sign up to our student volunteer mailing list to be notified when applications open.
      3. If you are part of a student club, society or college, please refer to the below tabs.
      4. Sign up to our Individual Students Toolkit and complete toolkit actions that make small and meaningful changes to improve the sustainability performance of your home, study area or other spaces of influence.

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  • Student clubs
    • If you are a student and part of a club, society or college, you can now join Green Impact as a team – a new feature of the 2021 toolkit. Teams can be any size and are typically composed of members from your club.
    • Come up with a fun team name and register your team to our online toolkit by following the instructions below.
    • Assign a primary and secondary team leader but get as many club members involved as you can.
    • Student clubs must complete the 'Start Here' tab and will then be following the 'Student Clubs' section in the toolkit.
  • Colleges/student accomodation
    • Staff and students that are part of a college or student accomodation at the University can join the Green Impact program by forming a team. Teams can be any size and are typically composed of members from the same college/student accomodation.
    • Come up with a fun team name and register your team to our online toolkit by following the instructions below.
    • Assign a primary and secondary team leader but get as many people involved as you can.
    • Teams will be following the 'Residential Colleges' tab. New teams must also complete the 'Start Here' tab of the toolkit.
  • Retailers
    • Retailers at the University can join the Green Impact program by forming a team. Teams can be any size and are typically composed of members from the same vendor.
    • Come up with a fun team name and register your team to our online toolkit  by following the instructions below.
    • Assign a primary and secondary team leader but get as many team members involved as you can.
    • Retailers will be following the 'Retailers' tab. New teams must also complete the 'Start Here' tab of the toolkit.
  1. Sign up your team

    • Follow this link to the online teams toolkit or the students toolkit.
    • For the teams toolkit: If you are a new team, your primary team leader has to select 'register', enter in your team details and the registration code 156. If you are signing up to an existing team, select a team from the drop-down list provided, and enter the registration code 156.
    • For the students toolkit: You will be signing up as individual students, please enter your name under the registration field "team name" and the registration code is 71002.
  2. Explore your online toolkit

    • Participants take part in Green Impact by completing actions and recording them in the online toolkit. All team members can have access to the toolkit if they wish.
    • These actions are designed to improve the environmental and social performance of your workspace/space of influence. These actions can include putting pot plants in your workspace, setting up a compost bin to tackle food waste and using the University’s biodigester, promoting campaigns such as RU Okay? Day, ensuring all your monitors are switched off at the end of the day to conserve energy, running a sustainable event and many more. There are over 100 actions to choose from in each tab.
    • Actions 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. 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.
    • You don't have to complete the whole tab or every action. Even if you just complete one action you will still get recognition for your impact.

    Detailed instructions on how to use the toolkit and achieve accreditation are included in the Green Impact Toolkit User Guide (PDF).

  3. Get support

    • You won't be alone! For staff based teams, you can be assigned a student Project Assistant to help you through the process if you choose. Email the Sustainability Team to request a Project Assistant.
    • The Sustainability Team are here to provide support at any time and every step of the way: by phone, email, in person visits, as well as support workshops throughout the program.
    • You will be invited to a dedicated Microsoft Teams page linking you to other teams to share your ideas, questions and challenges.
    • Attend regular meetings, workshops, showcases and drop-in sessions with other Green Impact teams to be inspired and get assistance.
    • Join our social events for the year to get to know the other Green Impact teams.
    • The Sustainability Team will promote your achievements and successes to the wider University community.
  4. Submit

    • Submit your toolkit by the deadline in October.
    • Your online toolkit will be audited by student auditors in November 2020.
  5. Celebrate

    • After completing actions throughout the year, you will be invited to the annual awards ceremony in November to celebrate your achievements with other teams and be recognised for your impact.
    • Teams with the most points from their actions are awarded in first, second and third place, with other special awards given out to deserving teams and student volunteers. These include awards for Staff Champion, Student Champion, Engagement Innovation and more.
    • Teams can be awarded with internationally-recognised accreditations.

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