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Green Impact

Green Impact

Want to make a positive impact at UCL?

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Look no further!

Green Impact is a UCL-wide environmental competition and accreditation scheme that allows departments and divisions across the university to improve their environmental impact, support UCL's Sustainability Strategy and engage peers and colleagues with these essential issues. 

The scheme works around an online, interactive workbook which gives students and staff the structure to make positive changes to their department, office of lab. The workbook is flexible enough that you can pick and choose to complete the actions which are of relevance and makes the most impact. These actions are directly fed into the aims of UCL's Sustainability Strategy.

Students are trained as Green Impact Project Assistants to help teams complete the workbooks. The more actions teams complete, the higher the award received at the UCL Sustainability Awards! Teams can choose to complete either the Office or Labs workbook or if they've already completed the Bronze Award they can complete a project of their choice!

Last year 60 departments took part in the competition - this year we want more!

Green Impact will launch again in the new academic year. Recruitment for Student Green Impact Project Assistants is now open.

Staff Opportunities

Join a network of Green Champions and follow our fun, interactive workbook to help green your department and the behaviours of your colleagues.

Student Opportunitites

Gain skills in project management, communications and leadership by supporting and motivating staff participating in Green Impact. Or get trained in environmental auditing and audit the teams!

Office Workbook

Organise Fairtrade bake-offs and planting competitions with our online workbook whilst embedding sustainability into your departmental processes.

Labs workbook

See our labs page for resources, case studies and tips on how to green your lab. Over 50% of UCL's electricity is consumed in buildings with labs.

Project Workbook

Succeeded the workbook? Why not undertake a project? Projects range from embedding sustainability into curriculum to creating biodiversity roofs.


Office, Catering & Residences Workbook:

• Bronze: 40 points from Office criteria
• Silver: 60 points from Office criteria
• Gold: 80 points from Office criteria
• Platinum: 100 points from Office criteria
• Excellence: 120 points from Office criteria

Labs Workbook:

• Bronze: 30 points from Labs criteria
• Silver: 60 points from Labs criteria
• Gold: 90 points from Labs criteria
• Platinum: 120 points from Labs criteria
• Excellence: 145 points from Labs criteria


Teams who have completed Bronze Award may undertake a project of their choice: see the project workbook guide for scoring.

Key Dates
  • Green Impact 2017/18 launches: 1st November
  • GIPA application deadline: 18th October
  • Project Proposal & funding deadline: 1st November
  • Green Impact Submission deadline: 18th May
  • Green Impact Projects & Office Audits: 30th & 31st May
  • Lab Audits: May- June
  • Awards Ceremony: Mid July
Training and Workshops
  • Introduction to Green Impact Training (Office): 30th October
  • Green Impact Energy training: 6th December
  • Green Impact Procurement training: 24th January
  • Green Impact Biodiversity training: 26th April
  • More to come!
Green Champion forum

Join the Green Champion forum to share resources and meet and discuss sustainability topics with other UCL Green Champions.


See our resources pages to help you improve the sustainability impacts of your department, building or residence. And if there are any resources you'd like that aren't listed here, please contact the Sustainability Team.