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Green Impact

Framework for organisations to be environmentally and socially sustainable
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Green Impact is a UNESCO award-winning programme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice within organisations.

We have been supporting organisations since 2009 in engaging staff and students with sustainability. We have worked with over 1,100 organisations from universities and students' unions, to hospitals, to museums, and city and county councils in embedding over 410,000 sustainability actions in places of work, living and study.

This can mean anything from communicating recycling systems, to committing to go Fairtrade; from supporting team health and wellbeing campaigns, to working towards carbon-neutrality!

The model has been developed based on proven behaviour change models, its flexible approach means it can be tailored to meet each organisation's unique needs.

Our range of Green Impact sub-programmes include:

  • Universities and Colleges
  • Students' Unions
  • Business
  • Health
  • Arts & Culture
  • Public Sector

Find out details on each of the specific sub-programmes on our Green Impact web pages.

Green Impact will:

- Help you and your colleagues envisage what sustainability looks like for your organisation.

- Set out a structured framework for ongoing improvements, to enable everyone to make a change and track their progress.

- Create lasting, positive organisational change.

- Encourage collaboration and team-building.

- Provide opportunities for knowledge and skill development centred around sustainability.


Bespoke online toolkit

Whether you’re taking your first steps into sustainability, or feel like there’s nothing left for you to do – you can make meaningful, visible progress in just one year of Green Impact, whatever your starting point.

Our online toolkit software breaks the often complex world of sustainability down into simple, manageable actions but allows for creativity, ambition and growth.

Teams of colleagues and students can use it to plan their activities, record their progress and upload evidence – building confidence and enabling light competition to drive further positive change.

Support for you and your teams

Change doesn’t just happen – we need to feel encouraged, supported and be led by example to really take on new habits and behaviours. We support organisations to deliver meaningful and timely communications and create networks across programmes to share learning.

We also develop, deliver, and support training for participants in a wide range of knowledge and skills. Our suite of workshops and IEMA-approved auditor training are delivered for staff and students by our team of experienced and passionate facilitators.

Audits and reporting

Green Impact is more than a pledging scheme. Teams are assessed on their progress to ensure they are creating meaningful, lasting change. Students are a fundamental part of the programme, as local students volunteer to attend our IEMA-approved environmental auditing course, to put their skills into practice and audit your Green Impact teams. This opportunity gives them fantastic development opportunities so they can leave their education as passionate change makers.


We recognise the work of teams within each organisation by supporting you to host award events to celebrate the collective achievements of teams in embedding sustainable practices into their place of work, living or study. The student auditors use our framework to assess the award level for each of your teams. The awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of staff and students who have worked outside the parameters of their everyday roles, to create lasting change.

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Find out more about Green Impact and how to bring this to your organisation by visiting our website here.