Green Impact makes an Impact

The national Green Impact scheme was launched three months ago at the University.

Date: 13 January 2016

In October 2016, London Met’s sustainability team launched the University’s first Green Impact programme to engage with staff to make a positive environmental difference.

From London Met’s roof garden to staff getting creative with battery recycling, the programme has had a positive effect on staff at London Met.

Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Assistant at London Met, said: “The Green Impact engagement programme has opened the doors to an amazing journey towards being more sustainable. Great actions have been taken by the marketing team such as making a Christmas tree from recycled prospectuses and The Great Christmas Bake Off by the Estates team. The Community Outreach and Events team put together a fantastic blog as their way of communicating sustainability not only across their department but also allows others to read about their journey during this programme.”

The scheme allows staff to do their bit for the environment from the comfort of their desk. It is accompanied with a toolkit which is an online platform to act as a guide to help each department on the journey to sustainability. It covers a whole variety of actions, from taking part in biodiversity initiatives and promoting sustainable travel, to wearing a Christmas Jumper helping save energy and growing plants.

The Green Impact scheme is part of the national National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact programme, an initiative to get all universities involved with sustainability and make a difference.

This programme also will give volunteering opportunities for our students. It will offer half a day’s Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment accredited training and will teach students about the Green Impact programme and environmental auditing.

In an interview with the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Zanda noticed that staff were visiting the roof garden “not only to tick the box in the Green Impact syllabus, but as a good way to get out of the office and meet new people.”

UNESCO was established in 1945 in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.

Find out more about how you can get your team involved in London Met’s Green Impact programme.

Collection of images showing the different teams taking part in Green Impact