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Get involved in Green Impact to gain and develop project management, teamwork and auditing skills! Benefit your CV as well as your University.

Green Impact is a scheme developed by the National Union of Students bringing staff and students together to enable and showcase positive changes in environmental practice. The scheme audits and awards departments and colleges based on their sustainability performance, and encourages direct action in the workplace.

Students at the University of Cambridge are encouraged to get involved in Green Impact. There are two ways to get involved:

Green Impact Auditors

The departments and colleges which take part in Green Impact are all audited by a team of students at the end of the year to verify what they have done and confirm their award. As a Green Impact auditor, we offer you a half day’s training session followed by half a day of practical auditing experience as you visit departments to find out about and confirm their sustainability achievements. A Green Impact Auditor role description is available giving full details on what the role involves.

Register for our auditor training session!

The training and auditing session for the 2016-17 academic year has now taken place. If you're interested in the role of Green Impact auditor next yea (usuall held in early May), please contact

"The auditing has been a great way for me to gain both training and practical environmental auditing experience.  Also I got to visit parts of the University that I may never otherwise see!" - Green Impact auditor 2017

Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPAs).

This is a student who works with a department or college throughout the year to help them achieve their Green Impact award. Training for GIPAs takes place at the start of the Green Impact year (October/November), and aims to give students an introduction to the Green Impact scheme and how it works, how to generate positive environmental change in an organisation, and how to complete sustainability-related actions. Many of our previous GIPAs have gone on to be heavily involved in, and even set up entirely new, Green Impact teams!

This year's GIPA scheme is now closed, but you can read up on what a a few of the GIPAs have been up to this year. If you're interested in next year's GIPA programme, see below for the role description, and email us with any questions or to express your interest. If you're a Green Impact team who'd like to work with a GIPA next year, let us know!