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All departments encouraged to take part in UCL's Green Impact programme

Green Impact, UCL's annual sustainability programme is now live for the 2015-16 period, and all departments and divisions are encouraged to take part.  More...

Published: Sep 28, 2015 2:52:00 PM

'Whole Earth?' environmental exhibition comes to Gordon Square Gardens

A new free exhibition will run in Gordon Square Gardens from the 21st September - 16th October, tackling the environmental challenges we face in a changing and increasingly interconnected world.  More...

Published: Sep 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sustainability excellence showcased at the UCL Green Impact Awards

UCL action for sustainability was celebrated this week at the Sustainability Team's annual Green Impact Awards. Vice-Provost Professor Anthony Smith, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability Team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of staff and students in creating a more sustainable UCL.  More...

Published: Sep 17, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Sodexo and UCL awarded Silver Food for Life Catering Mark

Marking a commitment to providing healthy and sustainable food, Sodexo has achieved the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark at UCL. The university's catering partner since 2014, Sodexo serves over 26,000 students across UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Published: Aug 11, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Green Impact Help


Below are answers to some common Green Impact questions. If you'd like to know anything else, just get in touch.

1. An overview of the programme

Teams sign up to take part in Green Impact. They may be composed of members from a department or floor of a building. These teams can be very small (i.e. 1-2 members) or large (e.g. 15-30+ members). 

These teams take part by using an online workbook, which contains a range of actions that they can take to improve energy efficiency, biodiversity, management, recycling and communications (to name a few). This online workbook can be found at:

Your workbook splits the actions that you can take into tabs. Just choose those actions that fall under the tabs that are relevant to the operations of your department.

Throughout the year, there is an element of friendly competition, as teams are updated on their performance and how this compares to the other participants.

At the end of the year, this online workbook is submitted and the teams are audited by UCL students who receive environmental auditor training as part of the programme. Teams that have accumulated enough points will be rewarded with nationally-recognised accreditations at the Green Impact award ceremony.

2. When does Green Impact start and finish? What are the key dates?

Green Impact is an annual programme. The 2015-16 programme will run as follows:

  • Green Impact workbooks opens: Thursday 1st October 2015
  • Green Impact closes: Tuesday 17th May 2016
  • Green Impact workbooks audited: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May 2016
  • Award Ceremony: June 2016 (date tbc)

3. How does the scoring work?

Teams that take part in Green Impact can score either a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Excellence Award.

Your workbook splits the actions that you can take into tabs. Just choose those actions that fall under the tabs that are relevant to the operations of your department.

Actions that are generally easier for teams score 1 point, harder ones 2 and harder still 3. Achieving an award of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum requires that teams accumulate a certain number of points. The points needed for each level of award are below:

  • Bronze: 30 points overall
  • Silver: 50 points overall
  • Gold: 70 points overall
  • Platinum: 90 points overall
  • Excellence: teams undertaking this award complete a larger project of their choice, which is supported and assessed by the Sustainability Team.

5. What is the 'Excellence' category?

Teams which have previously scored either a Gold or Platinum award are invited to run an Excellence Project (these can be found in the 'Special Awards' tab). Teams are expected to complete some basic actions to maintain their environmental performance (as defined in the Excellence Project Brief Sheets), and can complete more if they wish, but then they undertake a larger project of their choice.

Excellence projects are structured around one of three key themes, or a new theme developed by the Green Impact team with guidance from the Sustainability Team. The Sustainability Team supplies some ‘off the shelf’ project ideas for each of these themes, but teams are also encouraged to develop their own. These projects are assessed using an approx. 1000 word report that teams submit using through their Green Impact workbook. Projects will be audited by student auditors.

Find out more about Excellence Projects

6. How do I print the workbook?

There is a printer symbol in the right hand corner above the ‘done’ box on each of the criteria pages. Click that symbol and a new tab will open which provides a print preview page. This lists the criteria in a print-friendly format although of course we recommend you only print if absolutely necessary. 

7. What is the comments box for?

The comments box is there to support the workbook completion and audit process. When auditing the auditors will wish to see evidence for the criteria. The comments box can be used to record information that will make the audit easier by recording where a document is saved for example or by recording who implemented the criteria. This can also support the team in keeping track of what has happened within the team as each comment is threaded showing you who’s left the comment and when. 

8. How do I change my password?

To change your password or any other contact details, click on the profile tab which can be found on the right hand side of the introduction page once you have logged in. You will see that you are then able to enter a new password. 


9. Are there resources and templates to help me complete the workbook?

Yes. Just go to the Green UCL resources page.

10. Who can help me with completing the workbook?

Anyone within your team can support you to complete the workbook and we would encourage you to get as many people involved as possible. If your colleagues also want access to the workbook, just get them to register, choosing your team from the drop-down menu so they can see the same comments as you. If you'd like help with any aspect of Green Impact, please get in touch with the Sustainability Team.