A departmental environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element.<br />Based on simple practical actions that every University department can do.<br />Departments were asking, ‘we want to go Green but don’t know how’.<br />What is Green Impact?<br />
Purpose<br />Reducing the environmental impact of the University of Bristol by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating environmental good practice within University departments.<br />
Aimed at departments<br />Open to all university departments regardless of their size and activity.<br />Departments find their own level.<br />Any member of staff/student can lead on it for their department:<br />Not mandatory – want to engage those who are interested,<br />Not just a scheme for one person to do – Most of the criteria require group action.<br />
Participating departments have an on-line workbook:<br />Over 135 Criteria (each scored out of 10).<br />Covers energy, water, waste, transport, procurement, CSR, management, biodiversity.<br />All closed criteria.<br />Each based on practical actions identified through a series of environmental audits and interviews carried out at UoB.<br />How does it work?<br />
The efforts of all participating departments will be recognised, <br />Working towards accreditation<br />Bronze<br />Bronze Plus <br />Silver<br />Gold <br />Platinum<br />- Special awards – best student engagement<br />The standards<br />
The department proactively advises the majority of external visitors for meetings, and if applicable students for lectures, how they can get to the department via public transport, walking, or cycling. <br />
Departments can work at their own pace.<br />Ran at UoB from October to March each year.<br />Support – workshops, site visits, action planning, posters, stickers, regular emails out to participants, web page with FAQ’s.<br />How does it work <br />
Recruit volunteer staff and student auditors.<br />Departments get feedback reports on how they have done.<br />Awards ceremony May, hosted by the Deputy Vice Chancellor.<br />Best Practice Guide is produced each summer.<br />How does it work <br />
Benefits <br />Moves sustainability up the agenda.<br />Helps build capacity for Environmental Managers.<br />Helps get good user buy-in for sustainability – opens doors.<br />Supports other sustainability activity, e.g. EMS, BiTC.<br />Supports internal activity and initiatives.<br />
Benefits <br />A good communication network.<br />Learning opportunity for staff and students – audits, criteria themselves.<br />Reduces the ‘why oh why’ questions.<br />Over 1500 environmental actions taken each year.<br />Carbon reduction?<br />
Finally <br />Working with NUSSL, helped roll out into the HE sector – 35 Universities doing. Now in its second year.<br />Developing for local authorities, FE colleges and would like to do in other sectors.<br />
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