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Green Impact

SUBU and BU both take part in the NUS Green Impact programme, an initiative designed to embed sustainability into life on campus. The programmes for universities and Student Unions are slightly different.

The university programme involves staff forming teams within their departments and divisions to complete a sustainability activity kit. The teams do work including setting up Switch off Campaigns in their offices, increasing recycling and promoting Fairtrade. They are then audited by student volunteers who decide if the teams should receive a bronze, silver or gold award at the end of the year. The Students’ Union has a separate Green Impact Activity Kit and undergoes a separate audit process.


Six teams took part in the university Green Impact programme at Bournemouth University this year. Four teams gained accreditations with three at Silver and one at Bronze. The two other teams are still working towards Bronze.

Following a major refresh of the Green Impact Students’ Union scheme SUBU has also been awarded a Very Good for its Green Impact work in 2016/2017.

How to get involved

Any members of staff at BU are able to set up a Green Impact team to embed sustainability within their department.

As a student you could ask your supervisor or Head of Department whether they’re taking part in Green Impact. If they're not, encourage them to do so; Green Impact is a very important way to improve your department's environmental impact. If they are taking part, you could ask to work alongside them to help improve the impact of your department. It will help to improve your department’s environmental performance and look great on your CV. At the end of the process you can sign up to be a student auditor through SUBU Green page where you will have the chance to go and audit other teams work.

How does this help BU?

Green Impact demonstrates the high standards of sustainability practices across both BU and SUBU, contributing to the overarching environmental management system. It helps us to lower our environmental impact and ensures that sustainability is embedded across the workforce at the University.

In November 2016, BU's Environmental Management System (EMS) achieved the highest possible award – ISO 14001 certification and EcoCampus Platinum. We are now working hard to maintain the EMS to continue to drive down our environmental impact.

Hear from the teams

Green Impact has given the team a consistent, solid platform that can be utilised to push forward and encourage others within the wider department to engage in Sustainable initiatives.”

Katy Corbiere, F&P Green Impact Team