News & Achievements

Excellence across universities and colleges

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Excellence across universities and colleges

Over the last few years, Green Impact Excellence has supported a huge number of students’ unions to develop their own high-impact sustainability projects. But did you know that a growing number of universities and colleges are starting to do the same thing? At the University of Exeter, a number of teams who have been accredited Gold more than two years in a row have taken the opportunity to take on a more ambitious project, taking the institution’s sustainability credentials to the next level of innovation, and allowing teams to take the...

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Making events as green as possible

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Featured News | 1 comment

Making events as green as possible

When you plan events, do you make sure that they’re as sustainable as possible At the Univeristy of Chester, events management student Chloe Naylor got involved with Green Impact, and learned about the ways in which we can make events greener, bringing together even more departments to drive sustainability across campuses and communities. We spoke to her about her experiences in greening events. What made you want to get involved with Green Impact? I previously had some basic knowledge on sustainability and the issue of food miles,...

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What can Green Impact offer across further education?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

What can Green Impact offer across further education?

Over 115 students’ unions take part in Green Impact every year, but only about 20 are from further education. We want to see far more people from across further education working to create hubs of sustainability at the heart of their local community. West Nottinghamshire College Students’ Union won FE union of the year award for 2013/14, and we spoke to Sue Harries – student experience manager – about her positive experiences of getting involved. Why did you get involved in Green Impact? I feel that it is important...

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Establishing education for sustainable development

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Establishing education for sustainable development

We know that 60% of students want to learn more about sustainability, giving them the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an emerging low-carbon economy once they leave their time in education. Green Impact offers a framework for making sure that this happens. Teesside University Students’ Union have spent the year engaging academics, strengthening relationships with the university, and helping students to access education for sustainable development. “We approached the project from a graduate employability angle so the impact...

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Sign up your students’ union for Green Impact today

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

Sign up your students’ union for Green Impact today

Over 100 students’ unions take part in Green Impact every year. Make sure you’re one of them in 2014/15. Green Impact is our annual competition for students’ unions, encouraging positive environmental and social action in the community. After spending the year working through a workbook of criteria, you’ll be recognised with a bronze, silver or gold award at next year’s NUS Awards. It’s more than just printing double sided and increasing recycling, although that’s how easy it is to get started. Students’ unions from...

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Green Impact special award winners

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Green Impact special award winners

This week we were thrilled to announce and celebrate our Green Impact special awards winners among universities and colleges during our annual sustainability roundtable. Each year, we celebrate the institutions which have gone far above and beyond their engagement with the Green Impact workbook, driving innovative sustainability action across areas ranging from engagement, to community action, to student leadership. Green Futures Innovation for Engagement Award Winner: Business School, University of West Scotland for developing a project...

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Summer chilli growing competition – June update

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in News | 3 comments

Summer chilli growing competition – June update

At the awards ceremony for Green Impact Students’ Unions this year, we launched our first ever national chilli plant growing contest to keep your teams engaged across the quieter months of the summer. We gave away packs of seeds, and little planters of soil – for all participating students’ unions to get involved in the competition. At the end of summer, we’ll be awarding prizes in a range of categories. We’re really excited to hear about how your new plants have been growing, and it’s been great to see some shots of your shoots...

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Do you use Green Impact project assistants?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Featured News | 2 comments

Do you use Green Impact project assistants?

Green Impact brings staff and students together to green campuses, curriculums and communities, and there’s no better example of this than Green Impact project assistants. The project assistant scheme is another volunteering opportunity beyond environmental auditing, helping students to get even more deeply involved in supporting the operations of Green Impact. This year, UCLan have recruited and trained four Green Impact project assistants, and have found it to be hugely beneficial. “Students should be given opportunities to gain...

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Connecting primary school pupils with nature

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Connecting primary school pupils with nature

Green Impact helps students across the UK reconnect with nature, promoting biodiversity across dozens of campuses and communities. At the University of Plymouth Students’ Union, student volunteers are going even further, helping children to engage with the natural world by putting wild spaces on the grounds of local primary schools. “We’ve engaged over 350 local school children with wildlife on their doorstep”, explains volunteer co-ordinator Jonathan Nodes. “The student volunteers have enthusiastically shared the natural world,...

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Catching up with a former Green Impact project assistant

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Catching up with a former Green Impact project assistant

Have you thought about becoming a Green Impact project assistant at your organisation, or starting to use them? Not only does it increase the positive impact of your greening efforts, it provides amazing experience and employability skills as well. We speak to Elizabeth Dirth – former student of Queen Mary, University of London – to find out what becoming a Green Impact project assistant can lead to. •             How did you get involved in Green Impact at your institution? I first got involved in Green Impact when...

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