North London’s greenest university to celebrate staff success
London Metropolitan University will host an internal awards ceremony on 25 May 2017 to celebrate the success of staff who have been taking part in the inaugural Green Impact initiative this year.
Green Impact, a programme offered by the National Union of Students (NUS), supports and enables universities, colleges, community institutions and students’ unions all over the country to create more sustainable working environments.
Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Assistant at London Met, said: “The Green Impact scheme has helped change the way we think about the environment. We set up a series of small tasks to help each team who took part to make a difference.
“We are very proud of all teams taking part in this programme and we are hoping to get even more staff on board next year to show how little changes can make a positive difference.
“The programme has also have helped the sustainability team implement themed events according to the Green Impact criteria to make this even easier for all the teams and engage with other staff and students who are not yet taking part.’’
The departments were all given a bespoke online toolkit and had guidance from the sustainability team. Provided by NUS, the toolkit aims to make changes in the work environment in areas such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, biodiversity, and ethical procurement.
The awards ceremony is one of the most widely anticipated events in the Green Impact calendar, and promises to be a brilliant way of celebrating the amazing efforts made by so many individuals.
Teams will be awarded a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Working towards Bronze award as a recognition for their participation and effective behavioural change. Special awards will also be given to individuals and teams who have shown particular enthusiasm or carried out actions of notable innovation.
Students could get involved with the initiative by volunteering to be trained as an auditor and were trained during a three hour session approved by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Some of the skills students were taught include; time management, teamwork and communication.