Green Impact Students’ Unions

1978730_10152403985041318_1848902834693790912_nGreen Impact started working with students’ unions in 2006, and now we have over 100 students’ unions taking part every year.

For decades students’ unions have been at the forefront of social and environmental campaigning. But with the majority of students’ unions not being metered for the utilities they use, and with sabbatical teams changing annually, many of our members struggled to get to grips with their own environmental impacts.

Green Impact provides a practical framework (achievable, quantifiable actions in an online workbook format) for greening students’ unions, covering actions around waste, travel, procurement, biodiversity, energy use, and student engagement.

What’s involved?

Students’ unions compete to gain either a Working Towards, Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation, by completing as many actions listed in our Green Impact workbooks as they can.

The programme is catered for both commercial and non-commercial students’ union. The two workbooks for each programme can be accessed by the links below. Registration for 2014/15 opens on July 14th.

The commercial workbook : www.greenimpact.org.uk/GISUc

The non-commercial workbook : www.greenimpact.org.uk/GISUnc

If you are unsure as to whether you would be classified as a commercial or non-commercial students union please ask us.

The programme culminates with our prestigious annual award ceremony, where top performing unions will receive special recognition. Read about the Green Impact 2014 awards ceremony for students’ unions here.

Key Dates

-        GISU Launch – 14th July 2014

-        GISU Sign Up Deadline – 15th August 2014

-       Special Awards Launch – Late August

-        Special Awards Sign Up Deadline – 19th December 2014

-        Submit your workbook by 20th March 2015

-        Submit your Special Awards entry by 20th March 2015

-        Audits will take place in April and May

-        Awards Ceremony July 2015

Special Awards

20130719 Hidden Cafe 2Students’ unions can take part in our special awards to get recognition for exclusive initiatives or programmes that they are running.

To read about this year’s winners click here.

To find out more about this year’s special awards click here or talk to us about them.

Green Impact Excellence

20130719 Cheltenham ChilliStudents’ unions that have achieved Gold standard for at least two consecutive years will be given the chance to get involved in a larger scale project, over and above the accreditation criteria, embedding themselves as a key player in greening their wider institutional or off-campus community.

For information click here or read a case study about the Cheltenham Chilli Jam Company

Support

Throughout the year students’ unions are supported by a dedicated Green Impact project officer from NUS who advises on any queries, runs good practice webinars and is also present at many national events running various workshops. NUS also offers students’ unions in depth support through full day environmental audits or training through our E&E Support Package.

This year we will be running a series of introductory workshops throughout NUS’s student officer development programme.

There will also be a number of regional meet -ups throughout the year.

Details of these events will be posted around through EANDE mailing list soon. To sign up to the EANDE mailing list, just email us.

Cost

First year participants

Large commercial: £315
Small Commercial: £160,
Non commercial: £0

Consecutive year participants

Large commercial: £160
Small Commercial: £80
Non commercial: £0

You could also sign up to the E&E Support Package and get your Green Impact fee included in the price.

Participants

Find out if your union, university, college, or community organisation is already a participant and how they did last year.

Not already taking part? Get Involved!

 

If you have any questions please drop us a line