Environmental Sustainability

Join a Green Impact Team

The University takes part in the national environmental accreditation scheme, Green Impact. This project is open to University staff across the campus. Throughout the year, Green Impact teams improve their own environmental performance by progressing through a workbook of actions and implementing as many as possible.

Each year a team of students audit the teams’ progress and award them either bronze, silver or gold awards. These are then given out at the University’s Green Impact Award Ceremony: the end of year celebration of the teams’ collective efforts towards sustainability.

This scheme is open to all members of staff at the University; the workbook can be tailored towards, labs, offices or even catering facilities. Green Impact is a great starting point to become more sustainable in your workplace, as well as supporting the sustainability agenda on campus. Or if you have already been minimising your environmental impact, Green Impact may be a way of showcasing the great work you have already been doing.

How to get involved?

Green Impact teams are organised by themselves and can be based in departments, buildings or just a group of like-minded colleagues. There is no size limit and anyone can initiate and lead a team.

Once you have registered you will be supported by the Environmental Sustainability Team.

To take part in Green Impact, simply:

  1. Complete the short online registration form (please do this even if you are a returning team this year, otherwise you will not be registered!)
  2. Visit the toolkit and either register if you're setting up a new team or login if you're a returning team
  3. If it's your first time taking part, or you have any additional questions, please contact es@manchester.ac.uk

Once you have signed up you simply get started on the toolkit. Arrange an initial meeting, have a look at the essential criteria and decide how you want to tackle the workbook through the year. If you need a little more support you have the opportunity to request a Green Impact Project Assistant, these are students we train to support you. This is great experience for them and a little help with some of the legwork for you.

The Green Impact cycle runs from roughly November through to October and culminates in an and awards ceremony and celebration that forms part of the Annual Sustainability Celebration in the Whitworth Hall, early-mid November.

How does the scoring work?

To gain the various award levels you will need to achieve the following:

- Working Towards Accreditation: start doing any of the criteria, even if it’s only a few
- Bronze: complete all actions within the Essential tab, and have achieved at least 300 points in total across the whole toolkit (excluding labs);
- Silver: complete all actions within the Essential tab, and have achieved at least 500 points in total across the whole toolkit (excluding labs);
- Gold: complete all actions within the Essential tab, and have achieved at least 750 points in total across the whole toolkit (excluding labs).

Mailing list

To receive the latest information and events for Green Impact you can sign up to the mailing list.


A SharePoint site is a Web site that provides a central storage and collaboration space for documents, information, and ideas. The Green Impact SharePoint contains more information on all the actions in the toolkit. As well as Green Impact posters produced by other Green Impact teams.