Be a change maker!

What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is a fun and flexible voluntary program developed to support staff in undertaking meaningful actions to make UWA a healthy and sustainable campus.

The program helps people to understand sustainability and social responsibility, and provides a framework via an online toolkit to help them achieve actions that make a difference.

Green Impact was developed in the United Kingdom 12 years ago by the National Union of Students (NUS) and is delivered in Australia by Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). Piloted for the first time in Australia at the University of Melbourne in 2017, Green Impact has been implemented by over 500 organisations worldwide, reaching more than 100,000 people. The program raises awareness of sustainability by giving people a focused approach to tackling issues and supporting them in achieving these actions.

Worldwide feedback regarding Green Impact has been consistently positive, with participants reporting that it is a fun and engaging way to make meaningful socioeconomic and environmental change in their offices and across campus.

How does the Program work at UWA?

UWA Staff are invited to create a team within their Department or Faculty, and get creative to tackle sustainability issues, compete with other teams across the University, and receive recognition for their achievements.

Due to COVID-19, this year we are encouraging staff working from home to also take part in the program and practise sustainability at home. The program includes online sustainable activities for everyone to participate in, and many of the actions in the green toolkit can be applied at home and on campus. 

Individuals within a team work together to undertake a series of actions from a pre-designed toolkit containing sustainability tasks for your team to implement, achieve, and record. The toolkit has been developed to help teams improve the environmental performance of their workspaces.

The actions are simple, and based around 7 main areas of sustainability:

  1. water
  2. waste
  3. energy
  4. travel
  5. health and wellbeing
  6. procurement
  7. embedding and communication

Teams will be recognised at an end-of-year award ceremony with a Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation, depending on the type and amount of actions completed.

Why should I get involved?

Green Impact benefits include:

  • Progress towards UWA’s sustainability targets
  • Reduced energy, waste and water through behaviour change
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Professional development for staff
  • Participation from across the whole organisation
  • Builds community cohesion

Additional benefits for staff include:

  • Increase your awareness of sustainability issues
  • Feel empowered to do something you’re passionate about
  • Clarity of what actions to take at work towards sustainability, and recognition of your efforts
  • New and/or improved relationships with other staff within your Department and become a part of a wider network

What do I do now?

Start rounding up as many of your colleagues as possible to create a team and contribute towards meaningful change at UWA.

Teams can be any size (from 2 people to your whole Department)

REGISTER your team here.
Once you’re registered, you will have access to the online toolkit and will be able to start implementing any of the actions in your workplace!

WATCH the video below for a detailed introduction on how to use your online toolkit. Any questions you may have about the program can be answered here.

Submit your final toolkit by Wednesday 21 October 2020
Your online toolkit will then be audited by students from 28 October 2020

Come to celebrate your achievements at our end of year awards ceremony!

For more information contact [email protected]

A recording of the Green Impact session.

2019 Green Impact Report

Gallery - 2019 Green Impact winners