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  
And Good:  
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     
Brookes Union     
Lancaster University Students' Union     
Northumbria Students' Union     
Queen Mary University Of London Students' Union     
Anglia Ruskin Students' Union     
Nottingham Trent Students Union     
Warwick SU     
Guildhall SU     
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.
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