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Getting sustainability into the lab

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Getting sustainability into the lab

Martin Farley has worked at the University of Edinburgh on improving sustainability and efficiency in laboratory settings, and is now doing the same at King’s College London. We spoke to him about the importance of taking sustainability into the lab, and what students and institutions could be looking at to improve their environmental performance. Why do we have to consider sustainability in labs work? Universities today are hubs for research with most in the process of adding to their scientific facilities either through refurbishments or...

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Top 5 Green Impact tips for the year ahead

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Featured News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Top 5 Green Impact tips for the year ahead

Are you starting to get into the swing of the year? Is your team wondering how to make the most of your opportunity to green your workplace? Justine Rose – executive assistant to director of advancement at LSE – is here to share her experience as a Green Impact participant, and has five top tips for making this your greenest year yet. Feeling colder? As the weather gets colder provide “wheaty bags” to help those colleagues who feel the cold stay warmer, also good for neck or back pain. Reuse your old carrier bags Install a...

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Smiles for sustainability from Green Impact dentists

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

Smiles for sustainability from Green Impact dentists

Two years ago, the Dental Postgraduate Department, based at the University of Bristol’s Dental School started delivering Green Impact in partnership with the university. In only its second year, nearly fifty practices took part with a completely bespoke workbook. This month, after the celebrations of the awards ceremony a few weeks ago, the dentists are already launching their third year of Green Impact. “Everyone needs to engage with sustainability if we are going to have a world to pass on to future generations”, explains...

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Our annual awards ceremonies

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Featured News | 0 comments

Our annual awards ceremonies

We’re at the time of year when Green Impact teams all over the country are celebrating their social and environmental achievements with annual awards ceremonies. Across our universities, colleges and organisations, Green Impact teams are finding out whether their efforts across the year have earned them a gold, silver or bronze award, after making an incredible 70,000 greening actions throughout the UK across 2013/14. But awards ceremonies don’t have to just be about congratulating participants for their commitment to...

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Greening student clubs and societies

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

Greening student clubs and societies

When you’re engaging students with sustainability, do you think about working with your clubs and societies?  Not only do these groups engage huge numbers of students, they can often be students who wouldn’t normally think of themselves as belonging to the green movement, offering an opportunity for higher impact behavioural change work. The University of Keele Students’ Union have developed their own accreditation mark for clubs and societies committed to developing their sustainability credentials. We spoke to student...

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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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