NUS celebrate successful Green Impact awards
13th July 2017
The National Union of Students celebrated their annual Green Impact Students' Unions awards last week.
This year they had redesigned their toolkit to include more social and holistic actions, for example about activism and campaigning, and training and research. The NUS Sustainability team were thrilled to see how participants embraced the new Green Impact, and were so impressed with everyone's efforts.
Eighty-one students' unions engaged with the programme this year, with fifty-nine reaching the audit stage.
This year's Excellent award-winners were:
The Students' Union at UWE
University of Plymouth Students' Union
University of Sussex Students' Union
Liverpool Guild of Students
Christ Church Students' Union
University of Birmingham Guild of Students
Roehampton Students' Union
Undeb Bangor Among these, we awarded the two top scoring commercial and non-commercial students' unions: The Students' Union at UWE and Christ Church Students' Union (CCSU), respectively.
Ellie Martin, Advice and Campaigns Coordinator at Christ Church Students' Union, who led on Green Impact, said, "Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at CCSU and we hope that we inspire students to leave higher education with the skills and knowledge to make a positive change to a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future."
Jo Kemp, Green Impact programme manager said that this year "there has been an incredible commitment to cross-organisational working at each students' union," and that "the new programme has been really impactful in creating new partnerships."
"We hope that, going forward, Green Impact will be influential in helping the sector map its positive impact on students, unions and the environment," she concluded.
NUS Vice President for Society and Citizenship, Rob Young, said that "Green Impact is so important to NUS' work as it represents out commitment to building a just and sustainable future for all. It's great to see the positive steps students' unions have taken this year to do just that – congratulations to all!"
They will be developing some Green Impact good practice guides over the summer to share the stand-out successes of the year.
Those awarded Very Good were:
Student's Union at Bournemouth University
University of Bristol Students' Union
University of Sheffield Students' Union
Staffordshire University Students' Union
Queen's University Belfast Students' Union
Union of Brunel Students
Worcester Students' Union
Kings College London Students Union
Chester Students' Union
GCU Students' Association
University of York Students' Union (YUSU)
Arts University Bournemouth Students' Union
University of Bradford Union
Kingston University London
University of Stirling Students' Union
Trinity Saint David Students' Union
Robert Gordon University Student Association
University of Leicester Students' Union
Bucks Students Union
Leeds University Union
University of Exeter Students' Guild
Lancaster University Students' Union
Northumbria Students' Union
Queen Mary University Of London Students' Union
Anglia Ruskin Students' Union
Nottingham Trent Students Union
Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union
London Metropolitan University Students' Union
Students' Association of the University of the West of Scotland
Ravensbourne Students' Union
University of Bedfordshire Students' Union
Ulster University Students' Union
University of Derby Students' Union
University East Anglia Students' Union
Winchester Student Union
Wrexham Glyndwr Students' Union
St George's Students' Union
Middlesex University Students Union
Swansea University Students' Union
And those Working Towards Accreditation:
Sheffield Hallam Students' Union
University of Manchester Students' Union
University of Gloucestershire Students' Union
Warwickshire College Students' Union
Birmingham City Students' Union
Liverpool Hope Students' Union
Newman Students Union
The Union MMU
University of Suffolk Students Union
For more information, visit their website.