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Welcome to Green Impact

Bryce Beukers-Stewart talking about Sustainable Seafood.

Students involved in the Green Impact programme as Green Impact Project Assisstants (GIPA) or auditors

G‌reen Careers recieves their Gold award

Centre for Immunology and Infection recieves Labs Silver

Constantine College receives College Bronze

Providence Planet Pioneers receives their Bronze award

Green Chemistry recieves Labs Gold


What is Green Impact

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation programme which is run as part of the University's Carbon Management Plan. It is a national programme which rewards green habits in the workplace, and is run by the National Union of Students (NUS) on our behalf. Depending on the number of sustainability boosting actions you achieve from our workbook, your team could be awarded;

‌‌Bronze Green Impact Award logoSilver Green Impact Award logoGold Green Impact Award logo

We are passionate about what we're doing for the planet, and will support you as much as possible. For example, we help you with the actions by providing you with necessary resources to put them into place, so you don't have to spend extra time designing them yourselves. Team to team mentoring is also encouraged so that everyone feels as supported as possible, it's a good idea to link up with fellow teams in your department or who are near you to share best practice!

You can have a look at the kind of actions we ask teams to achieve by logging on to the workbook. Follow the instructions on the box to the right.

More on the Awards

The awards are presented in June along with a celebratory lunch! Last year they were presented by the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Saul Tendler and attended by Heads of the Departments involved.

  • If you don't complete enough sustainable actions to reach Bronze, you can still get a Working Towards Bronze Award ‌
  • All achievements are celebrated and there are Special Awards for efforts above and beyond the workbook (such as Environmental Hero and Community Action!)
  • After achieving Gold Award for 2 consecutive years, you get to begin an Excellence project and work towards an Excellence Award
  • After working on one (or more) excellence project(s) for three years, you become eligible for the Platinum Award, brand new for this year!
  • You can also choose to do a Project based award, which focusses on one action and its spread through the University and the community

If you want to get involved email us at to start greening your workplace today and get sustainability at York into action!

Get Involved

What are the benefits?

By being part of a Green Impact team, you will get the satisfaction of doing your bit for the environment and be recognised for your efforts. The project emphasises teamwork and project management, both being valuable and transferrable skills. The students involved also get valuable work experience with York Award and IEMA accredited training, which can help improve employability. 

For Staff and Postgrads

1. Check if your workplace has got a team

2. If your Department already has a team email the team leader, or alternatively email to get you started

3. Register to access your Green Impact workbook using your University email address

4. Either select to join an existing team to join or create a new team

For Undergraduates

1. Get York Award or IEMA accredited training for your work within Green Impact!

2. Register to become a Green Impact Project Assistant (GIPA), or audit the team's work after the workbook submission in April

3. Email to get information on how to get involved

How it works

Aiming for Bronze and Silver

  1. Register online and you will be given the option to either join an existing team or create a new one
  2. Log into the online workbook and navigate to the most appropriate tab for your team
  3. Choose the most appropriate tab for your area of work. (Office, Labs, Catering...) It is possible to do two different types of tab and get your team two separate awards!
  4. You will find the actions you have to take and how to implement them - simply follow the guidance in the workbook and then click 'done'

The submission deadline for the workbook is the 9th April 2020. Start filling it in and get saving! Email if you have any queries.

Aiming for Gold

In order to achieve a Gold Award, you have to have achieved all of the Bronze and Silver actions. You must then pick actions from the gold action list in your tab on the online workbook and achieve 400 points in total. That's Gold for you!

Aiming for Excellence

Excellence projects allow you to plan and carry out your own sustainability project at the University. You can start Excellence once you've achieved Gold for 2 years running, and must complete the 'Bronze' tab whilst working on Excellence, so be sure to keep revisiting the workbook whilst doing your project!

Examples of Excellence Projects teams at York have worked on are:

  • Introducing mandatory talks on bin usage in the Biology labs for students, and producing guidance on bin usage to be issued at each Biology practical
  • Include guidance on how to travel sustainably to Conferences' events
  • Building a bug hotel or beehive
  • Creating a brand new workbook of actions for colleges

In 2019/20 we had a number of teams working on carrying out Excellence projects:

  • GI Health Sciences
  • Chemistry.At.York

Green Impact 2019/20

2019/20 teams

Follow the link below to see a table of all our current teams who successfully gained accreditation in the 2018/19 cycle, and a few new ones who are joining us for this year! Join today to see your team added to the list!

Green Impact teams 2019/20

Special Awards

All achievements are celebrated and there are Special Awards for efforts above and beyond the workbook. These include: Environmental Hero Awards, Innovation for Engagement, Sustainability Innovation, Community Action and Student Leadership.

Last year we had four winners‌, here is a little bit about what they did and how they went above and beyond.

Environmental Improvement – David Kuntin 


Environmental Improvement – David Kuntin (Biology DMT): “David is a PhD student who has implemented a lab plastic recycling scheme within his lab in Biology. David has been practical and approachable during the implementation of this scheme and has worked with Lab members in a pragmatic way to ensure that recycling is not a time consuming or onerous task. This recycling scheme is now being introduced department wide by Biology which would greatly reduce plastic waste in the Department”. 


Sustainability Hero - Jenny Purcell

Sustainability Hero – Jenny Purcell (Biology DMT): “Jenny plays a huge part in making sure Biology is a sustainable department within the University. This year Jenny has championed the Green Impact project to the department resulting in a huge increase in participation going from 3 to 7 teams with a mixture of Lab and Office entries. To make successful teams for Biology, Jenny has arranged meetings over the year specifically for the Green Impact project. Jenny makes a huge difference to the department’s sustainability impact as she is Secretary for the Biology Environmental Performance Group, a role she always goes the extra mile for, making sure the group is discussing new ideas, positive changes and driving the way forward with new sustainability initiatives. Jenny is a true advocate for sustainability”. 

Most Improved - Green Chemistry 


Most Improved Team: Green Chemistry (Chemistry).


Student Leadership - Emily Wordley

Student Leadership – Emily Wordley (College Tutor, Langwith): “Emily has been the driving force on our Green Impact team and beyond. She has liaised tirelessly with our student committees, and other impact members, pulling everyone together, making sure we stick to deadlines and get everything done … She has been very involved in the Connecting East Project and has made sure we know what is going on everywhere on campus … We could not have achieved what we have without her.”


For current teams

To help you complete as many actions as possible, we have provided a resource bank - feel free to use any of them as part of your project! Each resource will help to complete an action in the online workbook and, where possible, we have included the action number to make it even easier. 

Google Site Resources

Head to the Green Impact Google Site Resources page, which contains guides, , and resources to help you complete some specific actions.


Here we've also got a collection of posters (opens in new window) to encourage your colleagues to support your teams Green Impact Actions.



Related links

A lot of other websites have useful information on Green Impact and other related issues. We have provided links to some of these - if you have found a website you think belongs here, send us an e-mail and we'll add it to our list. Also check the 'Further Information' tab for each action in your sustainable action list - you will often find useful links there.

Workbook Specific

  • The University's Cycling Information page is very useful, particularly for actions O012, O013, C037 
  • The National Energy Fund's Carbon Calculator is useful for calculating Carbon Footprints - useful for generally raising awareness and putting things into context or specifically for actions A017
  • The Fairtrade Supporter Resources might be of use to you actions B016, A006 & A028, O044

General Interest

  • The Green Impact website has a good resource bank, but the whole site is worth a look if you are taking part
  • The Carbon Trust have a good page for Employee Awareness with posters, stickers and general awareness raising
  • The University's Don't Waste the Waste pages provide a wealth of information on recycling and are a good point of reference if you have any questions regarding recycling and waste - e-mail Sustainability Manager if you have a specific question or wish to request recycling bins
  • The UoY Sustainability blog post interesting and relevent content about how to reduce your environmental impact and enhance your sustainability.
  • The UoY Economical site was created to encourage changes that will both support a more sustainable way of life and save money. It is managed by the Department of Economics Green Imapct team.

Contact us ‌      

Jo Hossell

Green Impact coordinator

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