Green Impact teams go for gold

Congratulations to our Green Impact teams - collectively they've helped our University save a phenomenal 800,000kg of CO2, along with over £200,000 in the last year. Our teams have achieved this by encouraging colleagues to stick to more sustainable behaviour at work and home with simple changes.

Green Impact-led Initiatives like walk-to-work weeks and the Big Christmas Blackout have all contributed to a fantastic year for our Green Impact efforts, and it's all helping our University achieve a 43 per cent reduction in our carbon emissions by 2020.

Teams received their awards at our Green Impact Sustainability Showcase on Tuesday 13 June. The annual awards celebrate the dedication and innovation of staff and students who get involved with the energy-saving scheme in their departments.

Members of the Accommodation and Commercial Services Green Impact team with their awards.

46 teams from across our University received Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

In addition to over 50 team awards, six special awards were given on the evening:

  • Environmental Improvement Award: Humanities Research Institute
  • Innovation for Engagement Award: Human Communication Sciences
  • Community Action Award: 301 Student Skills and Development Centre and Careers Service
  • Environmental Hero Award: Pauline Narvas, USP Green Impact team lead
  • Student Leadership Award: Maya Thompson, GIPA for Student Services (SAS) - Students’ Union Level 6 team
  • Thinking Creatively About Pro-Environmental Behaviour Award: Sophie Drinkall, Chloe Matthewman, Kate Muir, Rose Alexander, Khai Yee Lau, Carys Gerard

What is Green Impact?

A national programme run by the National Union of Students (NUS), which encourages universities to make a positive difference to their environment through small, direct actions, such as more frequent recycling, leaving the car at home and bringing leftovers to work for lunch.

This year’s programme also saw the creation of our first Sustainability Committee, which will represent students’ views on environmental matters to our Students' Union and University.

The success of our Green Impact efforts follows several years of green innovation, as our University is one of the longest-standing and most successful participants in the scheme.

Since our first year of participation in 2009, thousands of our staff and students have been involved in reducing our carbon footprint.