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Green Impact

Framework for organisations to be environmentally and socially sustainable
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About

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

We have been supporting organisation since 2012 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 organisations 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.

Framework

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.

Awards

We recognise the work of teams within each organisation by hosting 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.

Sign up for 2022/2023

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

Volunteer as a Green Impact auditor for the Heritage Lottery Fund

14th June 2022: Join our online training session and then carry out online environmental audits of Heritage Lottery Fund staff teams across the UK.

What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is a United Nations award-winning programme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice within organisations.

This can mean anything from communicating recycling systems, to committing to go Fairtrade; from supporting team health and well-being campaigns, to working towards carbon-neutrality! The model has been developed over ten years. Based on proven behaviour change models, its flexible approach means it can be tailored to meet each organisation’s unique needs.

By auditing Heritage Lottery Fund teams, you will help verify if they have carried out set actions to achieve their working towards, bronze, silver or gold award target.

What’s involved?

The training and audit day will be held online 10am - 6pm (at the latest) on Tuesday 14th June 2022. Breaks and self-study time will be built in. To apply, you must be a current student at a university. No previous experience is necessary. You will need to be available for the whole day, with access to your own computer.

As a Green Impact auditor, you will be fully trained by SOS-UK in an online IEMA-approved training session, for which you will receive an IEMA certificate upon completion of the audits.

Following the training, you will spend some time reviewing the Green Impact toolkit submissions of staff at the Heritage Lottery Fund and preparing questions to ask. You will then meet with the staff online, where you can ask questions and make final decisions on your audit. It's a great opportunity to view real-world implementation of sustainability in the workplace, as well as build new skills in communications, analysis and team-work.

You will receive a digital badge from SOS-UK on completion of the auditing to showcase the skills you have utilised, which you can then share on LinkedIn!

Where do I sign up?

To apply for this role and receive the joining details, complete this quick registration form.

If you have any further questions, please email grace.corn@sos-uk.org