GWLAD win Bronze at the NUS Green Impact Awards

Last month, the GWLAD team made a formal application for recognition of our environmental sustainability efforts by submitting for a National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact Award at Bronze level. ‌

The Green Impact Award is a UK-wide university programme that encourages both staff and students to take steps to make their daily lives more environmentally friendly, and to ‘green their campuses, curriculums, and communities.’ The programme encourages sustainable behaviour across a range of areas including travel, energy use, waste, procurement, and health. Teams can be recognised for efforts as diverse as carpooling to work, planting a garden on (or off) campus, committing to purchasing fair trade teas and coffees, volunteering in the community, and introducing recycling and compost bins to the office.

Here in the GWLAD office, we have embraced the Green Impact agenda and are working hard every day to print fewer sheets of paper, use public transport when we need to travel between campuses, plant gardens at home, compost our food waste, walk outside every day, use natural light in our offices, and avoid using paper cups for teas and coffees. Our unique programme delivery also allows us to pursue sustainability in less obvious ways. For example, every time GWLAD deliver a learning session on-site with one of our partner organisations, we’re limiting the number of vehicles on the road. Every time a learner submits work through our online ‘TurnItIn’ system, completes essential reading using one of the UWTSD library’s e-books, or accesses information about their course on our ‘Moodle’ learning resource webpage, we are all saving paper and reducing waste.

We look forward to keeping you up to date on the exciting sustainability impacts from the GWLAD team. If you’d like to learn more about how you and your organisation can pursue sustainable outcomes, why not contact the GWLAD recruitment team and sign up for a taster session of our Sustainability module, available at Levels 4, 5, and 7!

The Growing Workforces through Learning And Development (GWLAD) project is supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

For more information about NUS Green Impact and how to get involved click here