Green Impact

What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme that brings together staff and students across the University to play an active role in improving the sustainable practices of their office, building or department. At the end of the year – joined by the Vice-Chancellor – teams, students and management come together to celebrate the part they have played in creating a positive impact at the University.

Green Impact is open to teams of all sizes, across the university: any office, building, department, laboratory or college can participate.

Over 3,000 sustainable actions have been completed so far by over 40 teams across the University as a result of Green Impact - and it’s not just taking place at Oxford. Over 60 universities participated in Green Impact last year, and this number is only set to grow.

Why get involved?

Green Impact is now running for its third successful year at Oxford. Getting involved in Green Impact empowers staff to make positive changes to their workplace, making new connections across the University, and developing new skills. 

Benefits

  • Develop a team and build new connections within your building or department
  • Reduce utility bills and environmental impact 
  • Generate positive press for your department
  • Receive recognition for the sustainability improvements you’re already making
  • Join a great network of staff, students, departments and divisions
  • Take advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Support the University to meet its Environmental Sustainability targets
  • Have fun and try something different
  • Gain valuable student experience through Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) accredited training

 

How does Green Impact work?

Green Impact runs as an annual cycle which guides teams through a common programme of activities to improve year-on-year performance.

  • Teams of staff (and student project assistants) form within buildings, offices or departments.
  • Teams are guided through a common programme of activities and practical actions suggested by a simple online framework (the Green Impact workbook).
  • The workbook also offers advice and resources to assist teams in making valuable sustainable improvements in their workplace.
  • Teams are supported throughout the year by the Environmental Sustainability team and the Green Impact network of staff across the University.
  • You can have a look around the online workbook here by clicking ‘register’ on the right of the page.
  • The more actions that are completed the more points are scored, leading to a ‘Working Towards’, Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. There are also Special Awards available for Innovation, or particularly inspiring individuals: Environmental Heroes.
  • Progress is verified by trained student auditors at the end of each year. … Followed by the popular Green Impact Awards Ceremony, which celebrates and rewards each team for their achievements. 
  • You can read more about the 2016 Green Impact Awards here

How to get started…

Any department, building, faculty or college can take part in Green Impact.

You can have a look at the Green Impact teams who have already signed up on the online workbook here by clicking ‘register’ on the right of the page and scrolling through the drop-down list of Green Impact teams.

If there is already a team set up that it would be appropriate for you to join, the Environmental Sustainability team will put you in touch – email us at sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

If not, we will support you through the process of forming a team – contact us to get started.

Student opportunities and training

Student Green Impact Project Assistants

Student project assistants work with staff teams to support and encourage them through the year to tackle the changes suggested by Green Impact. This can be hugely rewarding, and only takes a few hours per month.

Email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk to find out more or sign up.

Student Green Impact Project Assistants

Student project assistants work with staff teams to support and encourage them through the year to tackle the changes suggested by Green Impact. This can be hugely rewarding, and only takes a few hours per month. A full role description is available here: Student Green Impact Project Assistants (394kb)

Email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk to find out more or sign up.

Student Green Impact Auditors

Every May, we recruit Green Impact auditors who spend one day training and then auditing Green Impact teams to assess and certify the progress they’ve made. No previous experience is required: all auditors receive a full morning of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) approved environmental auditing training (great experience for the CV) before completing their audits. You will gain experience in project management, sustainability, auditing, communications and time management. More information will be available on our Events page as the opportunity draws nearer. 

Student testimonial

Youmin Rong is a third year DPhil student from Trinity College, studying Materials Science. Youmin took part in Green Impact as an auditor in 2015.

‘As a student, Green Impact auditing is a privileged opportunity to learn the essence of becoming a successful professional auditor.

It is very rewarding to see individuals, departments and/or colleges becoming more environmentally sustainable, and receiving the recognition they deserve.'  

Other opportunities to get involved

Find out about other opportunities to get involved in environmental sustainability at Oxford. 

Further information

Click on the links below:

The Green Impact team at the Department of Chemistry in the Oxford Mail External link

Estates Services News 

Libraries are multi-award winners at Green Impact Awards 2015 

MPLS Strike Gold 

MPLS: The environmental hero and the plastic bag monster 

Oxford University Language Centre Blog: Green Impact Report