Another successful year for the Green Impact scheme

03 July 2015

Aberystwyth University celebrated another successful year for the Green Impact scheme on Tuesday 23 June at its prize giving lunch-time event.

10 teams from different departments were recognised with five achieving the Gold Award, two achieving Silver and three achieving Bronze.

Achieving the gold award were teams from the Institute of Education, Graduate and Professional Development (IEGPD), the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Estates Development Department, Information Services, and Health, Safety and Environment / Human Resources. 

Psychology and “Green IEGPD Llandinam” achieved silver status, and Sport and Exercise Science, IMPACS, and the Planning team “Big Plan” completed the bronze award.

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation scheme run by the National Union of Students (NUS) in institutions across the UK.

It aims to promote environmental awareness and sustainability amongst staff and give them the opportunity to proactively make a positive difference in their workplace.

Furthermore, the Institute of Education, Graduate and Professional Development (IEGPD) Cledwyn team won a national Green Impact award for Community Action, beating competition from other institutions across the UK.

IEGPD team member Jane Langford said: “We’re really chuffed to have won this award. When Rhian suggested a beach clean we thought it was a great idea to do something to improve one of the best features of the Aberystwyth area, and it’s encouraging that other people obviously agree with us.”

This is the second year Green Impact has taken place at the University. Now being overseen by the Estates Development Department, the Green Impact coordinator, Christopher Woodfield – Environmental Graduate Trainee, said: “It was great to lead the scheme and work with many enthusiastic employees from across the University to improve our environmental performance”.

Environmental behaviour change initiatives, such as the Green Impact scheme, are a key component of the ‘Carbon Management Strategy’ for the University which can be found here and highlighted in the Estates Strategy 2012-2027.

More information about Green Impact can be found here and the University’s Sustainability webpages.