Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme, developed by the National Union of Students, which brings together teams of staff from all over the University to play an active role in reducing the negative environmental impacts of the workplace and encouraging positive ones.
Staff participating in Green Impact are challenged to complete an online workbook detailing specific behavioural changes – both large and small – which will have a positive environmental impact around the University. Trained student volunteers act as auditors and liaise with the teams throughout the year to monitor their progress.
The Green Impact project is now in its fourth year at UWTSD. In the first year, UWTSD recruited six teams to get involved. In 2015/16, 16 teams achieved accreditations and one team received the University’s first Green Impact Excellence award, which recognises truly ambitious, focused sustainability projects that go above and beyond expectations. This year 17 teams, made up of 167 staff, took part in Green Impact and put in place more than 650 actions that made our University greener and more sustainable.
Initiatives carried out throughout the year for Green Impact are designed to incorporate sustainability in to everyday practice. Example activities include encouraging staff to only print when absolutely necessary and applying double-sided printing by default; using marketing materials to remind people to turn off lights and electronics when not in use; uploading lecture notes and module handbooks electronically to reduce the number of print-outs disseminated to students, and recycling food waste – with one of our teams setting up their own wormery! To reduce the impact of travel, car-pooling has been introduced by some teams and video conferencing negates the need for staff to travel between campuses for meetings.
We were also delighted to award seven Special Awards this year to innovative projects and inspiring people.
This year’s participants received their awards on 11th May 2017. We hope the fantastic accomplishments achieved will become embedded in the culture of the University long-term and that the success and popularity of this initiative will continue to grow.
Congratulations, and thank you, to the staff and students who participated this year! You can read about their achievements here.
Green Impact 2017/18 is just around the corner! Would you like to help write the criteria for next year’s workbook?
Over the summer we will be reviewing the Green Impact workbook and putting together a new set of collaboratively written criteria for us to work towards in our 2017/18 programme.
This is a great opportunity to refresh the criteria, align it with the University’s ambitions and gain more input from Green Impact teams and staff!
The Sustainability Delivery Team are holding workshops on the following days;
Tuesday 11th July, 12.30 – 1.30, Board Room, Mount Pleasant
Wednesday 12th July, 12.30 – 1.30, Wilson Room, Lampeter
Thursday 13th July, 12.30 – 1.30pm, BR4 Carmarthen
We look forward to seeing you there!
Our 2017 Green Impact Award winners were;
Working towards Bronze
Student Services Swansea
SOAC Green Team
Go for Green Business
Student Services Carmarthen
School of Early Years
Fine Art/Celf a Dylunio
Corporate Communications & PR
Y Gofrestrfa - The Registry
CAADOC Caerfyrddin - SWWCTE Carmarthen
Sustainability Delivery Team
SWWCTE Townhill Campus
Environmental Hero Award: Awarded to Sarah Tombs who created bug sculptures for Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm to highlight the importance of pollinators.
Environmental Hero Award: to SOAC’s Gaynor Thomas for using her expertise to set up a new system for making assignment submissions paperless within their school
Student Leadership Award: Awarded to Catrin Thomas and Lowri Davies, PGCE Art & Design student for their recycled copper jewellery workshop
Innovation for Engagement: Awarded to Y Gofrestrfa / The Registry Team for their team workshop making Christmas decorations from recycled materials
Innovation for Engagement: Awarded to Gwenllian Beynon for her role as a mentor for Grow Wild Wales.
Student Leadership Award: To Simon Downes, School of Applied Computing for his work on the WOW model and Smart Lab.
Community Action Award: To Carol Watton for her commitment to promoting Fairtrade and sustainability to her colleagues.