Green Impact 2020

What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is a change and engagement program that helps people understand sustainability and social responsibility, shows them what they can do to make a difference, and supports them in achieving these actions.

This online program was developed in the UK by the National Union of Students (NUS) and over 500 universities and organisations have used the model to reach more than one hundred thousand people, 20,000 of whom have actively taken part in the program. Over 2,500 students have been trained and actively participated in the program too. UNSW is one of 14 Universities competing in the Green Impact in partnership with Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).

How does Green Impact work?

You take part by doing fun and engaging actions in an online toolkit. Actions are split into Bronze and Silver categories, depending on their impact and difficulty. Teams may be composed of members from a department, team or floor of a building – whatever suits you. You can register a team now and then start recruiting members before getting going with the toolkit. You’ll receive support at every step of the process and could win an award later in the year.

Why should I get involved?

  • Because you’re going to be amazed at how easy, small changes make a big difference!
  • It’s fun! You’ll get to network and collaborate with like-minded colleagues.
  • By leading the change, you’re showing just how easy it can be to be more sustainable.
  • You can win awards! Teams that complete the most actions or have the most innovative ideas for new actions will win a prize.

How will I be supported?

We will be holding a number of Green Impact Q&A session throughout the year as well as doing call-arounds to see how you’re getting on. You’ll receive regular (but not spammy) communications and of course, we’re at the end of the email if you need us – contact details are 

How to Get Involved

Green Impact 2020 is coming! 


All UNSW staff can register or join a team to start their green impact at UNSW. Register your interest here


Postgraduate students (with specific office space) and residents at UNSW can register or join a team to start their green impact at UNSW. Follow the staff instructions.Other students can join Green Impact as Project Assistants or Student Auditors. No technical knowledge is needed for the role and complete training will be provided. Register your interest here

Green Impact 2020 - Key Dates - Updated

Due to COVID-19, our Green Impact 2020 timeline has been reviewed and updated as follows. Please note, These timelines are indicative and we’ll review it base on the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Green Impact Launch  End of April
Staff Team Recruitment  April - May
Green Impact workshop # 1 Mid-June
Student Assistants Recruitment  Late July
Student Assistants Training Mid-August
Green Impact Workshop #2 Mid-August
Student Auditor Selection Deadline End of September
Toolkit Submission Deadline End of September
Student Auditor Training Early October
Teams Audit Visits Mid-October
Awards Event    Early November
Feedback & Evaluation    November to December

Let's join forces to make our University more sustainable and look after Mother Nature.