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Sustainability

 

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 Sustainability Team, staff and students can form a small team representing their University institution, building, College or lab, 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 working to improve the environmental performance of their place of work or study at the University.


Green Impact launches for 2021/22!

At our 2021 launch event, as part of the Climate Change Festival, the Sustainability Team provided an overview of Green Impact at the University of Cambridge, how it works and how you can get involved.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Stephen Toope introduced the event and, formally launching the University's tenth year of Green Impact, invited all staff and students to be involved in the University's crucial journey to meet our sustainability targets: 

"This year we're seeking to enlarge Green Impact's collaborative community of diverse, passionate and skilled individuals. I urge anyone at the University looking to take climate action to find out more about Green Impact today"

- Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

Watch the recording of our launch event below:


How to get started with Green Impact

If you've never been involved in Green Impact before, we recommend you watch the launch video above before getting started. Once you've got an idea of what it's all about, any member of staff or student in the University is welcome to access the University of Cambridge Green Impact online toolkit, using the link below! 

We've produced a 'Frequently Asked Questions' page which can be found on our Guide to Green Impact 2021/22. There are also Green Impact Q&A remote 'drop-ins' occurring throughout the year - check out our events page for more detail, and contact the Sustainability Team for the joining link. 

Not sure if your department, building, institute or College is taking part? Why not view previous winners of the awards, via the links to the left, or email us to find out.

Ready to get started? You can create a new team, or join an existing one, by logging into the online workbook. Once you log in you'll be able to see all the award criteria and get started on your sustainability journey:

Log into the Cambridge Green Impact online workbook here (note: new users will need a 'Registration Code' which is 71)


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 the videos below to hear what previous participants have had to say about the University of Cambridge Green Impact programme!

Creating a sustainable campus at Maths (Platinum Award winners in 2018)

Celebrating our 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 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!”