News & Achievements

Q&A with our students’ union of the year

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Q&A with our students’ union of the year

At the Green Impact Students’ Unions awards 2014, we were pleased to name Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union as union of the year in the large trading category.  Minutes after being awarded their certificate at the gala dinner, we spoke to lead contact Andrew Farmer about their union’s achievement.  How does it feel to have been named union of the year? It feels absolutely fantastic. We put in a lot of work over the last five years. Last year we got Gold Excellence, which was great, where we had a year off from the workbook....

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Strengthening international links at ACUI Annual Conference

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Strengthening international links at ACUI Annual Conference

NUS is a member of Association of College Unions International – an organisation which brings together unions and student activities professionals from over seven countries. This year, they celebrated their 100th anniversary, reflecting on the past to create an even stronger future – with sustainability being a key part of that. Their annual conference in Orlando was an opportunity to share good practice and achievements from across our movement. We were proud to talk about how Green Impact can help to green student movements across the...

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Green Impact awards ceremony for students’ unions

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Green Impact awards ceremony for students’ unions

More than 100 students’ unions have taken part in Green Impact this year, and at NUS Services Convention, we celebrated their commitment to good environmental practice with an awards evening and gala dinner. Over the last year, staff and students at these students’ unions have been embedding positive environmental behaviours throughout their campuses. These range from actions as simple as making sure all printing is double sided, to combatting the declining population in pollinating insects, developing ethical credit unions, and embedding...

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Student-led ethical banking at SOAS Students’ Union

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Student-led ethical banking at SOAS Students’ Union

With mainstream banking options often investing your money in unethical industries, Green Impact participants at SOAS Students’ Union have been looking into setting up its own ethical credit union, and have created a guide for students’ unions who want to try it themselves. Credit unions are non-profit-making money cooperatives whose members can borrow from pooled deposits at low interest rates. A credit union would offer students an ethical alternative to traditional banking. Peter Baran, general manager of SOAS Students’...

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Linking community health and international development

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Linking community health and international development

Community Aid is a non-profit organisation in Bradford, empowering communities to make improvements to their health and well-being. Over the last year, they’ve been supported by Green Impact at the University of Bradford Students’ Union, helping to drive wider student engagement, and culminating in a Ted-X talk on health, sustainability an international development this month. “We started out as a group of students passionate about first aid. Someone liked our idea, and we put forward a business plan to be funded”, explains second year...

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Green Impact and sustainable development in the NHS

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Green Impact and sustainable development in the NHS

Apart from lowering the immediate environmental impacts of their operations, it might be easy to think that sustainability and the health service have nothing to do with one another. The NHS is working to shatter this misconception, developing plans to address sustainability alongside healthcare – recognising that the environment in which we live has huge effects on our health and wellbeing. “It’s fundamental to sustainability”, explains director of NHS sustainable development unit David Pencheon. “It’s about much more than...

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Providing training for our student auditors

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Providing training for our student auditors

We’ve started training over a thousand students in environmental auditing, giving them the skills they need to assess and accredit the positive behaviour change delivered through Green Impact. At over sixty universities and colleges, we’re delivering workshops to student and staff volunteers, helping them to understand environmental auditing within a broader context, and supporting them assessing the work teams have carried out this year. Once trained, student auditors go out into the institution to meet teams or departments who have...

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Delivering Green Impact as a full time student

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Featured News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Delivering Green Impact as a full time student

At most students’ unions, Green Impact is delivered by a full time member of staff. But things are a little different at King’s College London Students’ Union. This year, Green Impact has been led by full time Geography student Rosie Bridger, driving union-wide behaviour change alongside her studies. As we approach Green Impact Students’ Union awards 2013/14, we spoke to Rosie about her experience delivering Green Impact as a student. What made you want to get involved in Green Impact at your union? Through my degree...

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Jamie Agombar wins Guardian University Award

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Jamie Agombar wins Guardian University Award

We’re thrilled to announce that NUS’ ethical and environment manager Jamie Agombar has won the Guardian University Award for Inspiring Leader. Winning such a prestigious award is an incredible testament to the work Jamie has done for the student movement and sustainability over the last ten years – including founding Green Impact. Jamie started at NUS by investigating the ethical credentials of some of our suppliers. Just one decade later, he’s brought Green Impact to over 100 students’ unions, secured £5 million of funding...

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Sustainable irrigation at the University of Leeds

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Sustainable irrigation at the University of Leeds

At the University of Leeds, sustainability projects co-ordinator Michael Howroyd is one of the team who implemented their sustainable garden. Sitting right at the heart of campus, their garden puts an immediate experience of greener living into everyday student life, and volunteering at the garden is part of the Green Impact programme.  We spoke to Michael about the garden’s innovative and sustainable irrigation system. • What does Water@Leeds do and why did you work with them? Water@Leeds is the water research centre at the...

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