First to Make a Green Impact!
On Friday we will be the first NHS Trust in the North west to
sign up to take part in an exciting sustainability behaviour change
programme - Green Impact.
Green Impact has been developed by the National Union of
Students' (NUS) and is an environmental accreditation scheme which
helps people improve their working environments whilst gaining
recognition for their efforts.
We will be the one of the first NHS Trusts to participate in the
programme which also runs in students' unions, universities,
colleges and off-campus organisations such as local authorities,
fire services, dental practices, charities and businesses.
Claire Igoe, our Sustainability Lead says: "I'm very excited to
get involved in Green Impact. We've heard from our colleagues at
the two local Universities about how this programme has helped them
engage their staff in more sustainable behaviours and we are keen
to get started."
Members of staff will be encouraged to organise their own Green
Impact teams. Each team is given a Green Impact online workbook
containing Bronze, Silver and Bonus criteria. Teams can work at
their own pace to deliver and evidence each of the criteria. Late
in April 2014, the workbooks will be submitted, and awards given to
those who have completed the bronze and silver criteria. Whoever
scores the most points from the bonus criteria will be given the
prized Gold Award. This first year also acts as a benchmark - so
departments can see how much they've improved as the programme
Once the workbooks have been submitted, departments are audited
by trained auditors. In June 2014 we will hold an event to
recognise the efforts of everyone involved. Alongside the bronze,
silver and gold awards that are up for grabs, innovative ideas and
individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the scheme
will be recognised. It's very much a positive scheme that
celebrates achievements, recognises the efforts of individuals and
encourages the sharing of good practice through good communication.
Plus it helps us to deliver carbon reductions across our
For more information, please visit www.nus.org.uk/greenimpact
or get in touch with our Sustainability Lead, Claire Igoe, e-mail