Green Impact

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation programme run with support from the NUS. It brings staff and students in a department together in a team and provides them with a tangible framework to make their department more sustainable. The programme runs each academic year.

What's involved?

Your team will follow an online workbook which has achievable, easy-to-follow and fun actions directly linked to the themes of our sustainability policies sustainability policies sustainability policies sustainability policies .

You decide whether to compete for a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.

Student volunteers who have been trained by the NUS to be Green Impact Auditors will check that teams have completed all of the necessary actions.

An awards ceremony is held the following year to recognise the achievements of staff and students who took part.

How to join in


You can volunteer throughout the year as a Green Impact Project Assistant or for one day in April as a Green Impact Auditor.

Green Impact Project Assistants

You'll provide support to your department's team completing by:

  • motivating teams to achieve higher awards
  • explaining how Green Impact works and how to complete criteria
  • completing actions
  • communicating and promoting Green Impact

Project assistants are recruited and trained at the start of the academic year and assigned to teams. Volunteering hours are flexible and vary depending on the needs of the teams as well as your own workload, but you must complete at least 25 hours to achieve the Big Essex Award.

The 2016-17 programme has now ended. The programme will start again in the new 2017-18 academic year.

Green Impact Auditors

Each year, typically in late April or early May, we look for volunteer auditors to visit Green Impact teams and conduct audits. Each auditor will be fully trained on the skills and content of auditing during the first half of the day. Auditors will then complete one or more audit putting their newly developed skills into practice. An audit takes between one and two hours to complete depending on the size of the department.

By becoming a volunteer auditor you can:

  • gain experience and skills associated with auditing through training approved by the IEMA
  • make a positive impact to your local community
  • improve your CV and gain valuable employability skills
  • discover more about sustainability issues

Skills needed

No technical knowledge is needed! Full training will be provided to fit in with any learning or access requirements. All you need is an interest, enthusiasm and commitment.

How to apply

More details will be available nearer the time.

If you’ve got queries about the auditor process, contact the University’s Sustainability Project Assistant, Daisy Malt


If your department already has a Green Impact team

  1. Visit Essex Green Impact.
  2. Fill in your details.
  3. In the Team field, select your department.
  4. After signing up, get in touch with other members of your team and start helping them complete Green Impact.

If your department doesn't yet have a Green Impact team

  1. Visit Essex Green Impact.
  2. Fill in your details, including the New Team section.
  3. Arrange a meeting with Daisy Malt (Green Impact Coordinator) by emailing Daisy can help grow your team and explain how Green Impact can work in your department.

Benefits of taking part

For students

  • Gain practical skills and experience through training approved by the IEMA and by leading Green Impact audits.
  • Gain experience in project managing sustainability behaviour change across an entire academic year.
  • Learn how large organisations deal with sustainability challenges and implement change.
  • Develop key transferable skills including communication, team-work and time-management skills.
  • Get the Big Essex Award (Bronze) if you complete 25 hours of Green Impact volunteering.

For staff

  • Learn more about environmental issues.
  • Build professional and personal skills.
  • Have a big impact in your department.
  • Achieve and gain recognition at the awards ceremony.
  • Encourage your colleagues to think about sustainability.
  • Work with others from across the organisation.
  • Meet new people within your department.

For departments

  • Demonstrate environmental commitment to prospective staff and students.
  • Recognition for environmental actions already completed.
  • Opportunity to save resources and money.
  • Increased staff collaboration and morale.

Support during the year

Your team will be supported by:

  • Sustainability Engagement Officer, Daisy Malt
  • Student volunteers (project assistants)

Green Impact resources

Get in touch
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Daisy Malt Sustainability Engagements Officer