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Environment and Energy


What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is the University's environmental accreditation scheme. It supports and encourages departments and colleges across the University in reducing their environmental impacts.

With support from the Environment and Energy Section, departments can form a small team, who sign up to an online workbook and progress through simple, clear and easy criteria towards recognised awards and targets.

The scheme is great for those people who want to make a difference but are not sure how, but also provides recognition and support for those who are already beavering away for environmental and wellbeing causes in their corners of the University. The Environment & Energy team are there to provide support by email or phone, as well as support workshops throughout the Green Impact 'year'.

If you've never been involved before, why not read the simple guide to Green Impact? For those who've been involved before, read about what's changed this year. You can also view previous winners of the awards, via the links to the left. Don't forget to watch our videos, at the bottom of this page, too!

What does it mean for me?

University Staff

University departments and institutions can work towards a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. There is also a special 'Labs' workbook tailored to staff working in Laboratories who want to improve their environmental performance and receive recognition for this.

Does your department or institute have a Green Impact team? If not, why not contact the Green Impact team to find out how you can get started.

College Staff

A workbook designed specifically for Colleges is available, with several Colleges having taken part and obtained Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for their work to engage staff and students and address environmental issues across their operations.

Does your College have a team? If not, contact the Green Impact team about how you can set one up.


Click here for details about other ways you can get involved in Green Impact as a student.

Why get involved in Green Impact?

Participants in Green Impact consistently feed back that the scheme presents a fun and engaging way to make meaningful environmental and sustainability change. However don't believe us - watch this video to hear what participants had to say about the University of Cambridge's first year of Green Impact!

A number of our teams keep coming back to take part in Green Impact! What was it that participants of last year’s Green Impact said was the best bit about taking part?

“Raising awareness while having fun and building team spirit!”

“Realising monetary savings in our energy usage.”

“Making people aware and realising what impact they can have.”

“Improving the department!”

“Listening to people’s ideas and coming up with simple solutions.”

“Bringing the department together.”

“Seeing the difference we made!”

What's happening in 2018-19?

Green Impact launched for the new academic year at an event on October 16 2018 - you can view the slides and the photos from the event. There's still plenty of time for new Green Impact teams to sign up to represent their department, lab or college, just get in touch. Keep an eye out for news about Green Impact in our monthly newsletter, Greenlines, or why not watch this video about one of the 'Platinum' Green Impact award-winning teams in last year's Green Impact...