Green Impact Scheme

Green Impact now running!

Green Impact is currently running, following its launch on 19th January 2021. 

The scheme is updated for this year to account for Covid, so many of the criteria can be done as a team even when working from home.

There will be regular updates and suggestions on what actions to do next.

We aim to finish on 14th May and plan to hold a virtual awards ceremony in June.

Green Impact also acts as a program for your Departments 'Climate Action Plan.'

Join Green Impact: sign up to this year's challenge

Green Impact for staff

The Green Impact scheme challenges you to implement a number of easy actions within your department that will help the environment. The more actions you complete, the more points you score, leading to a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Award. Actions can include energy saving, recycling, transport, wellbeing, and staff/student engagement.

Anyone can get involved, usually in a team. Teams can be of any size, from across the whole University, and need a member of staff to lead the team on behalf of their department or residence.

Key dates 

  • Green Impact opens: 19th January 2021
  • Tool Kit submission date: 14th May 2021
  • Audit date: May 2021

A digital awards ceremony will be held in June, to recognise the achievements of staff and students who take part.

The Green Impact portfolio (PDF, 2,645kB)

Teams can request Green Impact Project Assistant to help with their actions. Contact Maev Moran to find out more.

Green Impact supports the University's PositveWorking@Bristol initiative. Find out more at PW@B.

Sign up to Green Impact!

Interested in joining Green Impact? Sign up today!

Green Impact Fund

Need some extra resource to help you hit criteria and get your Green Impact Awards?

Apply for our Green Impact Fund!

Green Impact teams can apply for up to £100, to support anything that helps the team complete criteria - this could be events, activities, equipment or initiatives.

All we ask is that you send us photos and a description of how the fund was used within the scheme and how it benefited your team.

How do I apply?

Send a proposal of no more than 300 words, outlining what you are planning to use the money for and why your Green Impact team would benefit, to Maev Moran at 

Green Impact for students

Students can get involved in Green Impact by becoming a Green Impact Project Assistant or a Green Impact Project Auditor


Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPAs) help staff teams achieve their Green Impact Awards and gain practical experience and important skills in communication and project management, as well as contributing towards sustainability within University departments. If you are interested in being a Green Impact Project Assistant contact Maev Moran at .


Once Green Impact workbooks are submitted, workspaces are audited to ensure that all actions ticked in the workbook have been carried out. Student auditors will receive certified NUS training and guidance to carry out the audits, and will gain invaluable, hands-on skills in communications, leadership and environmental auditing whilst helping bring about real change.

Audits will take place in May, with a mandatory training session before that.

Keep an eye on our Volunteering webpage for more information about these opportunities.

Sponsor the awards

We are looking for sponsors for 2021. Thank you to previous sponsors including: Suez, EDF Energy, TEC and Corona Energy

They supported the Green Impact Awards by:

  • sponsoring the scheme through a donation of £200-£500
  • providing prizes for our winning teams
  • providing freebies  for "goodie" bags we give to winning teams at the awards ceremony.
  • sponsoring one of our annual special awards: Environmental Hero, Community Action, Student Leadership, and the Green Impact Proudest Achievement Award for £500.

Sponsoring Green Impact provides an opportunity to contribute to your corporate social responsibility objectives, exposes you to a wider university community, associates you with a UNESCO award winning program, and shows a continuing interest in sustainability within Bristol following the 2015 Green Capital year. For more information on how your organisation could help us run the scheme, contact Maev Moran .

Keep up to date

Not sure where to start? Sign up to our newsletter for all the best tips and advice to help you achieve your Green Impact award!

Do you work in science?

You can take part in our Laboratory Efficiency Assesment Framework (LEAF) alongside the traditional scheme.

Green Impact sponsors

Your chance to sponsor Green Impact - have your logo here ‌‌‌

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