Green Impact Scheme
Schools and Directorates across the University are taking part in this year's Green Impact Scheme.
About the Scheme
Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element designed for university departments. University staff take part each academic year and, depending on the number of environmental actions they carry out, can achieve either: ‘working towards accreditation’, or a ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver’ or ‘Gold’ award for making their workplaces greener. The scheme is currently delivered and supported by the National Union of Students (NUS).
The scheme will build on the University’s Environmental Champion Scheme.
Aims and Outcomes
The scheme aims to empower individuals and departments to reduce their environmental impact by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating practical environmental improvements.
How does the Scheme work?
Green Teams complete an online workbook which comprises practical and easy to implement, and no or low cost, actions. Teams will get support in completing their workbooks through: workshops, email, telephone support and provision of resources to help implement actions within their areas.
Once the workbook is completed, points will be awarded for each task undertaken and implemented. The completed workbooks will be processed by NUS and based on the number of tasks completed an accreditation standard (Gold, Silver, Bronze etc.) will be provisionally awarded to each Team.
An audit team, made up of volunteer student and staff auditors, will be recruited to check that the workbooks accurately reflect the actions completed during the project.
Recruitment of volunteer auditors will be undertaken through the participating Schools and through the Students’ Union. The audit team will verify a selection of submitted workbooks. The auditing activities and training will be recognisable under the University’s Degree-Plus programme.
Who can get involved?
Any School or Directorate at Queen’s can get involved in the Scheme. Whole departments can take part or smaller teams within areas. For example, your office or laboratory can take part.
The scheme is not aimed at any one type of post-holder – any member of staff or student can lead on behalf of their department and the more people you can get on board, the easier it will be.
Click on the link for a list of participating Schools and Directorates: Green Impact participants 2012/13
How do I complete the workbook?
To register your team and complete your workbook, click on http://www.greenimpact.org.uk/queens
To find out more about the Green Impact Scheme at Queen’s, or if you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the University’s Environmental Manager, Sara Lynch, on 028 9097 1198.