2020 applicants

Green Impact programme

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation programme run with support from the SOS-UK. 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 and is supported by the Sustainability Team.

How it works

Each team is provided with an online workbook, providing achievable, easy-to-follow and fun actions directly linked to themes of the University's Sustainability Policies. Each team decides whether to compete for a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.

Student volunteers receive training by SOS-UK to be Green Impact Auditors to check that teams have completed all of the necessary actions.

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

Benefits of participating

Participating in the Green Impact programme allows departments with the opportunity to save resources, demonstrate an environmental commitment to staff and students, and actively encourage collaborative working. 

In addition to the impact on the wider department, there are many opportunities for staff and students to develop new skills and engage with a broader range of stakeholders.

Benefits 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 during 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
  • Receive the Big Essex Award (Bronze) by completing 25 hours of Green Impact volunteering

Benefits for staff

  • Learn more about environmental issues
  • Build professional and personal skills
  • Have an impact on department operations
  • Achieve and gain recognition for your team contribution
  • Encourage colleagues to think about sustainability
  • Work with others from across the organisation
  • Meet new people within the department

How to apply


Students can volunteer alongside housemates, by volunteering throughout the year as a Project Assistant, or for one day in April as an auditor.

Green Impact Student

Take part in Green Impact with your housemates and be in with the chance to win a selection of prizes throughout the year.

To apply:

  1. Visit Essex Green Impact
  2. Fill in your details
  3. In the 'Team' field, select your department
  4. Complete the student tab

Green Impact Project Assistant

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 personal workloads, but at least 25 hours must be completed to achieve the Big Essex Award. The role includes:

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

To apply:

Applications for 2019-20 have now closed. Further details about 2020-21 will be available during the summer term.

Green Impact Auditor

During the summer term, we look for volunteer auditors to visit Green Impact teams and conduct audits. Each auditor receives training on the skills and content of auditing required. Auditors then complete assigned audits, putting their newly developed skills into practice. An audit takes between one and two hours to complete depending on the size of the department. The role provides:

  • experience and skills associated with auditing, through training approved by the IEMA
  • opportunity to make a positive impact to the local community
  • opportunity to enhance employability skills and CV
  • enhanced knowledge of sustainability issues

To apply:

The Green Impact audits are taking place on Wednesday 29 April. If you would like to take part please email Ellie Turner to register your interest. 


Departments with a Green Impact team

  1. Visit Essex Green Impact
  2. Fill in your details
  3. In the 'Team' field, select your department
  4. Following sign-up, contact team members to start contributing to Green Impact

Departments without a Green Impact team

  1. Visit Essex Green Impact
  2. Fill in your details, including the New Team section
  3. Arrange a meeting with the Sustainability Engagement Team, who will help establish the team and get started on initiatives
Get in touch
Get in touch
Daisy Malt Sustainability Engagement Officer
Telephone: 01206 872826
Ellie Turner Sustainability Engagement Assistant
Telephone: 01206 872950