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Environment and Energy


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. You can join or set up a team in your Department or College - get in touch to find out how! Otherwise, read on for details of Green Impact opportunities aimed specifically at students which you can take part in:

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 will take place this year on 8th October from 5pm-7.30pm at Mill Lane Lecture Theatre Room 5, 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! You can read up on some case studies of what a some previous GIPAs have done.

If you're interested in taking part in this year's GIPA programme, see below for the role description, and email us with a completed copy of the application form to register your interest.

Green Impact Auditor Training - opens for applications in April

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 IEMA-approved 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, and you can register below: 

How to register

Green Impact auditing doesn't take place until the end of the academic year, in early May, and therefore we're not actively advertising for this role. However if you're interested in being an auditor please complete the simple form below and send it to us via email:

"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