Due to the success of the Green Impact model within Students’ Unions, universities and colleges, there has been a lot of interest from other sectors who wish to utilise the programme to improve their environmental performance. Expanding the programme in this way is a great way to help the Environment and Ethics Department implement its five year strategy as well as helping students unions’ play a leading role in greening their local communities.
In 2011-12, we undertook some key pilots to develop Green Impact in this way, providing new and exciting opportunities for students, raising income for Students’ Unions, but also helping community organisations get involved with our successful engagement model. We are therefore pleased to announce that after two successful pilots, Green Impact is now available to NHS trusts and Local Authorities.
We’re now in the exciting stages of developing further pilots for Green Impact to take place over the 2012-13 academic year, working with Greater Manchester Fire Service, Lancashire Constabulary, ACT Training, Endsleigh Insurance, SME’s (charity shops and sports centres) with Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Worcester respectively, and the RSPB. If you work in an organisation or sector and feel Green Impact could help you improve engagement and action around environmental issues, please get in touch with Charlotte Taylor, Community Project Officer- Green Impact.