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First to Make a Green Impact!

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 develops.

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 services.

For more information, please visit www.nus.org.uk/greenimpact or get in touch with our Sustainability Lead, Claire Igoe, e-mail claire.igoe@cmft.nhs.uk.