Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students bringing together staff and students to help them green campuses, curriculums and communities across the country. It currently runs in more than 50 Universities and Colleges and 100 Students’ Unions across the UK encouraging organisations to think about their environmental impact and challenging them to make small changes to improve their sustainability.
In the 2014/15 academic year Trinity Laban will be taking part in the Green Impact scheme for the very first time. We are partnering with the University of Greenwich Students' Union (SUUG) who are already part of the programme and who will provide support and guidance, as well as some funding.
How does it work?
Green Impact follows a simple but effective cycle, focusing on providing simple actions, supporting people to make the changes and rewarding them for their efforts.
Through discussions with NUS we have created a bespoke online workbook outlining specific and measurable criteria, covering several main aspects of sustainability: waste, water, travel, energy, procurement, and greening teams and communications.
Each criterion has a reason for why it is there, and the method of evaluation, so each team can see how to achieve it. Green Impact provide resources and examples of best practice, and support teams through the logging process.
At the end of the year we will be audited, either through student auditors or through our team, to verify the results and offer an opportunity to improve.
And finally, we will be presented with an award, from working towards Bronze right the way up to Gold, Platinum and Excellence.
How can you help?
We need student volunteers to become Green Impact Project Assistants for this academic year to help raise awareness of the programme around the music and dance faculties. No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm! Have a look here for the full job description and to download an application form.