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Green Impact Awards 2021-22

The key word for the tenth year of Green Impact at the University of Cambridge was resilience. The challenges posed by COVID-19 were still present, even when they were less obvious. The strange hybrid nature of working was also felt, with some teams fully back in their work place and others still working from home.

Despite the increased challenge, we are hugely proud to announce that 42 teams have achieved 43 unique awards. Our teams completed over 2100 actions and earned over 10,000 points. In our college awards, no team achieved a level lower than Gold, with 8 attaining Platinum status.

Without our student auditors we would not have been able to award a single award, let alone 43. We'd like to thank our 51 auditors from 28 different colleges that gave up their time to help us validate the efforts of our teams. It was great to see the spread across the collegiate University. Hopefully we can get to 31 next year!

A copy of the 2022 award presentation is available on request.

The full awards ceremony can be viewed on our Youtube channel. 

Read our Green Impact Report 2021-2022 

Departmental awards

ADC Theatre Bronze
Cambridge Spain Bronze
Careers Service Bronze
Faculty of Education  Bronze
Scott Polar Research Institute Bronze
Kettle’s Yard Bronze
Investment Office Bronze
Cambridge University Botanic Garden Silver
Cambridge Enterprise Silver
Cambridge University Press and Assessment – Cape Town Silver
CEB Green Impact Silver
Faculty of Music Silver
Herschel Smith Building Silver
Maxwell Centre Silver
Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics Silver
John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair Silver
Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre Silver
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Silver
MRC MBU Silver
SLCU Green Impact Team Silver
Flora and Fauna International Gold
Department of Geography Gold
Department of Surgery Gold
Cambridge University Press and Assessment Platinum
Cancer Research UK Platinum
Department of Land Economy Platinum
Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Platinum
The Green Genies DPHPC Platinum
IMS MRL Platinum

Lynda Haines: Department of Land Economy (Platinum)

College awards

Christ’s College Gold Colleges
Hughes Hall College Gold Colleges
Clare College Gold Colleges
Churchill College Platinum Colleges
Darwin College Platinum Colleges
Gonville & Caius College Platinum Colleges
Jesus College Platinum Colleges
Lucy Cavendish College Platinum Colleges
Robinson College Platinum Colleges
St John’s College Platinum Colleges
Wolfson College Platinum Colleges

Kevin Breeze : Robinson College (Platinum)

Excellence awards

Three Green Impact teams decided to channel their Green Impact work into Excellence projects over the past year. They put their efforts into one one larger sustainability-themed project of their own design, and of specific relevance to their own context. 

Girton College Sensory Garden Competition
Jesus College Increased Recycling Points
MRC Epidemiology ULT Freezer Centralisation Program

You can read more about these Excellence projects:

Colin Farr, MRC Epidemiology (Excellence)

Special awards

The Green Impact Special awards aim to recognise individuals and teams who have gone the extra mile in their Green Impact journey. The projects and initiatives nominated for these awards have made a difference above and beyond the requirements of the standard Green Impact actions.

Sustainability Hero  
  Winner: Alexander Carvell
  Highly Commended: Chris MacDonald
Innovation for Engagement  
  Winner: Department of Geography COP26 student takeover
Environmental Improvement  
  Winner: Andri Johnson
Community Action  
  Winner: Amy Budd and Ruth Carter
Student Leadership  
  Winner: Megan Groom

2022 Innovation for Engagement: Department of Geography COP26 Student Takeover  



Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to everyone on their awards.