The Green Impact project (www.green-impact.org.uk) is a national accreditation project working within 105 unions, over 50 universities and colleges and now expanding into NHS trusts, local authorities and beyond. Each programme is supported by the national union of students' 'Green Impact team' and recognises the potential of staff and students to change the way institutions behave, from the bottom up.
Information about University of York wide Green Impact can be found here: www.york.ac.uk/about/sustainability/get-involved/greenimpact.
Here in Health Sciences we have a team of staff who are currently working towards the project’s Green Impact goals. We have already started making changes, and you may have noticed the mixed waste recycling bins which are appearing around the Department, as just one example of our work.
In order to achieve the goals the team is working through the Green Impact workbook, which provides a structured and practical step-by-step approach to making improvements. In 2016, we attained the Gold Award. Once we attain the Gold Award for a second time, we can then begin working on a special project of our own chosing. It is the simple things people need to consider such as turning off your pc at the end of the day or using the projectors in meeting rooms to display minutes rather than printing them out, for example.
We have identified our five most significant environmental impacts within the Department. This document can be found here: Top five environmental impacts (MS Word , 173kb).
To help reduce the amount of paper used in the Department the following document highlights alternatives to printing: Departmental tips for reducing printing (PDF , 337kb).
Health Sciences has produced a sustainability statement which details our commitment to sustainable practices: Health Sciences sustainability statement (PDF , 136kb).
You can also view our Lighting and Equipment Management Plan (PDF , 331kb).
Waste disposal is a one of the University's main sustainability impacts. Recycling helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, reducing this impact and financial cost to the University. Mixed recycling bins can be found throughout the Department. For more information on waste management please see: www.york.ac.uk/admin/estates/operations/waste_management/recycling.
Currently we have a number of staff involved in the project, but we are really keen for students to participate as well. We regularly hold meetings and would like to invite all Health Sciences staff and students to attend and contribute to the project.
If anyone is interested in getting involved please contact Jonathan (firstname.lastname@example.org).