Engaging staff in the development of your own departmental progress towards sustainability is the key of Green Impact’s success.
Whether it be students’ unions engaging their committees and sabbaticals, universities and colleges getting libraries and lab technicians on board, or NHS trusts working with members of staff they never thought were sustainability minded, the programme reaches a wide range of participants and empowers them to make a difference.
It is all about making sustainability relevant to you. We don’t want staff to feel an added pressure on top of already burgeoning workloads: we want to you have fun and make a real difference by working together to drive change.
Green Impact Teams and Champions
“The team enjoyed taking part in the scheme and it sat comfortably alongside our day job – we were delighted with the outcome” (Loughborough University)
Green Impact needs teams of staff to drive the programme, innovate and get real actions embedded within the whole organisation. Teams can be made up of anyone interested in taking part: it could be your whole department, a group of you sharing an office or laboratory, or just a few of you wanting to give it a go.
Each organisation has its own workbook so you will be given access to the online list of actions that help you structure your approach to making green changes happen on the ground at your own organisation. Your time commitment can vary according to your enthusiasm and capacity: you may only want to attend the launch event, work on a couple of actions and then come along to the swanky awards ceremony at the end of the year. Or you may want to lead your department towards a gold or special award and really drive the programme with regular meetings and policies throughout all that you do.
72% of team members said they were likely or extremely likely to encourage others to engage in the sustainability agenda after being involved with Green Impact.
“A huge amount of enthusiasm from individuals and teams across the college! It has been an excellent platform for discussion relating to sustainability in the University, enabling many to raise their concerns and an opportunity for best practice to be shared and spread more widely. The beginnings of a strong green network!” (Queen Mary University of London)
Some institutions also like to have a variety of staff members on their Green Impact steering group or committee. Your input is invaluable in making the programme approachable to other staff and can be really influential in getting others on board and making a difference too.