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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 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 not officially open yet, but you can read up on what a a few of the GIPAs were up to last 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!

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