Green Impact empowers individuals and departments to reduce their sustainability impacts by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating environmental improvements. Green Impact challenges departments to implement a number of easy, practical actions that will help positive impacts to society and the environment. Please see our Green Impact Report for 2022-23
For example, in getting involved with the initiative of how to be hedgehog friendly
Green Impact Project
Green Impact empowers individuals and departments to reduce their sustainability impacts by encouraging, rewarding, and celebrating sustainability improvements.
Green Impact is a change and engagement programme that aims to help staff to understand sustainability and social responsibility and give them ideas of what they can do to make a difference, as well as supporting them in achieving these actions. Students are employed to help to co-create and run projects throughout the year as Green Impact Project Assistants and Digital Creatives. For example, in getting involved with the initiative of how to be hedgehog friendly
It also gives staff & students an opportunity to showcase their work at a national level. Read here about how one GI Team won a national sustainability award recognising its work to educate staff, students and the wider community about the climate emergency.
Please get in touch with Katy Boom via firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a student or member of staff interested in getting involved.
Your Teams can get help with their sustainability projects from a paid student and they can assist in coming up with ideas for suitable projects and delivering them for your department.
Watch some more examples of projects.
The Green Impact Award Ceremony is part of the annual Sustainability Celebration event held in July each year where the winners are announced.
Green Impact Awards 2023
The Green Impact Awards bring together students and staff in green campuses, curriculums and communities.
Many congratulations and thank you to everyone who has supported sustainability at the University of Worcester this year!
In July Dr Tim Jones, PVC Students, officiated over our Annual Sustainability Celebration Awards Ceremony where we distributed eighteen different sustainability awards under our Green Impact programme. These are the winners:
- Staff Sustainability Hero: Jodie Collins
- Student Sustainability Hero: Briagh Harker, Megan Ashbury, Nimmy Ann Matthews
- Student Leadership: Gabija Švedaitė
- Innovation for Engagement: DPrAS Team
Sustainable Accommodation Volunteer Awards
Congratulations to our Sustainable Student Accommodation Volunteers who have achieved their Gold volunteering award for their dedication to expanding their sustainability knowledge, sharing their learnings and advocating for sustainable living amongst the study body.
- Elisha Parkes
- Zoe Dempsey
All winners will be entered into SOS-UK’s National Special Awards which are announced later in the year.
Department of Professional Administrative Services – Digital Carbon Footprint project
Created a set of messages regarding how to reduce digital carbon footprints and shared around the university in different way. Measured behaviour change in DPrAS staff to measure the impact of the messaging. Ran an online awareness day in May to encourage an ‘inbox detox’.
Vice Chancellors Office - Fairtrade
Raised further awareness and knowledge of sustainability lifestyle choices, with a particular focus on Fairtrade, within the university and wider community. Worked to retain the university’s Fairtrade status.
Continued work to understand the business school students’ perspectives about the SDGs and climate change through surveys. They identified opportunities for integrating and engaging with the SDGs into the curriculum and beyond.
IoT Sensor Team
Investigated how data from room climate sensors could be used for monitoring, prediction and improved energy efficiency. Studied a building management system and worked with its management team to advise on data extraction and analysis.
Nature Connectedness in Education
Increased nature awareness at the university by providing a weekly (Wildlife on Wednesdays) post with information spotlighting an animal or plant species. Posts on Blackboard reached 163 teacher training students and 18 School of Education staff members. The project gained international attention and was presented at the Teachers in Europe conference 24-26.4 2023 in Zwolle, The Netherlands.
Flood Education Programme
Delivered a flood education workshop to 2 Worcester primary schools, to convey the importance of flood preparedness, especially in a world of such a changing climate. Pupils were given flood action plans to take away and fill out to see how their families would respond to a flood. The team started mapping intergenerational impact from this to further outreach the programme.
Developed ESD knowledge, values and engagement in IoE Secondary team through a designated magazine distributed to 100 partnership schools and 1000’s of teachers. A mentor map was given to all subject and professional mentors. Held CPD training sessions for staff.
The team has continued to prioritise and integrate sustainability across their work through setting up an IT Sustainability Group and Sustainability Objective. Further areas of focus have been through progressing print & copy practices, IT service contracts &
Encouraged people to adopt a more flexitarian diet through informative posters and planning sustainability kitchen sessions. Promoted sustainable cooking using local vegetables and meat. Looked into if increased education around sustainable eating encourages it.
Infant Feeding Group
Set up a student-led infant feeding support group to support postnatal wellbeing and increase breastfeeding rates. Worked with volunteers from the NHS and external organisations to help set up the groups. The project is still in its infancy but with more time and input can grow.