Green Impact Awards 2020/21
Green Impact is an NUS-led scheme designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice within organisations and Leeds Beckett University has been a part of the scheme for five years.
Mark Warner, Sustainability Manager said: “One of the few positives of the pandemic is that sustainability has been taken into everyone's homes! Whether you've been part of Green Impact or not, everyone has noticed nature more in their gardens and on walks, home working has become the norm and more people than ever have started growing fruit and veg. Throughout 2020-2021 Green Impact teams have had a natural social network to support them in this. Bringing teams together and, hopefully, building lifelong sustainable habits.”
Over the past year there have been impactful team projects, including hedgehog houses built both at homes and on campus, awareness raising events, and a community cookbook.
The team results can be seen below:
|Rose Bowl 148||Gold|
|CARES Campus Services||Platinum
|The Green Filmmakers||Platinum
|Sport and Active Lifestyle||Platinum
Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, Professor Peter Slee, said: “These awards are all about tackling climate change by influencing changes in our day-to-day behaviours.”
As an institution Leeds Beckett has evolved beyond the initial Green Impact framework, highlighting the success of the scheme, and has fully adopted a number of the previous projects, thus embedding the intended behaviour change. After the positive feedback from the projects, the university has decided to adopt a completely project-based toolkit, allowing greater individual interpretation by teams. This new toolkit will be more engaging and impactful allowing for even more real difference to be made.
Dr Duncan Sharp, Chair of the Leeds Beckett Sustainability Advisory Group, said: “The Green Impact Awards provide an important platform to share, commit, and inspire future change which has never been more important and necessary.”
Find out more about the Green Impact Scheme.