An introduction to
Green Impact
Laura Williams
Green Impact Project Officer
Green suppliers and students’ unions, and help unions to green
their institutions and communities
3-5 year vision
Unions delivering central environmental projects successfully at the
local level throughout the UK, creating tangible benefits for the
union, institution, community and the environment
1) Installing
2) Creating
3) Increasing
and widening
4) Making
5) Greener
supply chain
To encourage the
formation of proenvironmental behaviours
and habits in as many
people as possible,
utilising opportunities in
students’ unions,
providers, departments
and curriculum
To help unions develop
positive relations with
their institutions and the
communities in which
they sit, with unions
becoming recognised as
green hubs
To provide development
opportunities for students
and student officers to
enable them to contribute
towards the new low
carbon economy
To help position
students’ unions as
enablers of
sustainability, creating a
sense of value and
worth within their
institutions and
communities, whilst also
generating new income
for students’ unions
To enhance our
reputation as a leader in
supply chain ethics, to
reduce the negative
impacts of our own
supply chain, and to
educate our consumers
on ethical purchasing
What is Green Impact
Universities and Colleges?
• Departmental sustainability accreditation and awards scheme
• Founded upon NUS Sound Impact Awards
• Piloted at the University of Bristol three years ago
• 22 Universities took part in 2009/10
• 35 Universities and colleges took part in 2010/11
• 46 Universities and colleges took part in 2011-12
National level results
46 universities and colleges in 2011/12
978 teams- 44,655 staff,
4,807 people directly involved in a Green Impact committee
35,625 greening actions were completed, with 20,107 as a
direct result of Green Impact!
• Over 800 student and staff auditors trained
Green Impact Project Assistants
19 taking the Labs Tab
Catering and Accommodation tabs
The Ecologist and Office Depot partnerships
Mmmmm Fair
Project Cycle
Workbook launch
and team recruitment
• Project Officer uploads finalised workbook
• Lead Contact launches Green Impact to their current
• Project Officer, Lead Contact and key champions
recruit new teams through communications, events,
and workshops.
• Project Officer works with Lead Contact and union to
recruit and train student Green Impact Project
Teams implement changes
• GIPO supports Lead Contact to communicate with
teams locally
• Maintain momentum and support teams centrally
through workshops, newsletters and online forums
• Share best practice with other institutions through
the Green Impact team
Workbook Submission
and auditing
• In line with initial timelines, all teams workbooks are
submitted online
• Lead Contact and Project Officer recruit volunteer
student auditors
• Green Impact team train them, and audit
department’s evidence and progress
• SU involvement is key!
• Lead Contact (with support from their GIPO and
teams), arranges awards ceremony
• Invites to teams, higher management, SU and
student auditors and assistants are sent out
• GIPO attends to support the programme
• Participating teams celebrate all award winners.
• Green Impact Team analyse results, provide feedback
reports for Lead Contact and their teams.
• Lead Contact and their teams complete short
evaluation for GI team to be able to evaluate and
make changes to the programme for future years.
• Lead contact and key team members are invited to
national round table event to share good practice
and develop future plans
Our Support
• A team of 7 experienced and enthusiastic Green
Impact Project Officers!
• Help at every stage: from planning to awards
• Workshops, speaking at events and linking you to
other institutions undertaking the programme
• Forum, newsletters, publicity and representation at
national events
• GI Guidance and Resource pack
A tour around the workbook
email: [email protected]
password: example
Blackpool & Fylde Priorities
According to your Environmental Policy you are particularly interested in:
Sustainable Procurement
Energy Efficiency
Waste reduction
Biodiversity opportunities
Sustainable transport
Waste, utilities and sustainability targets
External stakeholder engagement
Project Planning
What key events do you wish to incorporate into your year?
Do you want to programme to run over the whole year?
Are there any key events or busy periods that will conflict with Green Impact?
Will you be continuing to run the project next year? You could consider
running the programme all year and combining your awards ceremony and
launch into one!
Other considerations:
-Legacy – what impact do you want to have?
-Partners – senior members of staff/student union involvement?
Contact details
Your Green Impact Project Officer:
Laura Williams
[email protected]

An Introduction to Green Impact - Blackpool and The Fylde College