Green Impact at ANU

What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is a sustainability program designed for ANU staff and students to make a difference through climate action on campus. It's a simple and effective way for departments and teams at ANU to make positive environmental changes whilst connecting with other staff and students across the University.

 

How does Green Impact work?

Green Impact is a collaborative initiative that embeds sustainable practices and healthy behaviours throughout the University by supporting staff and student action in a fun and effective way. Form a team with your work and classmates to take collaborative action on climate change. Maybe you are already taking action - grow that positive influence by forming a sustainability team and working together to limit your impact on the environment. Encourage neighbouring teams to take part in Green Impact and grow your networks even further. Green Impact is an international program, so you will be joining thousands of others around our region and the world who are also keen to make a difference.

Actions are split into Bronze, Silver and Gold categories, depending on their impact and difficulty level. Teams may be composed of members from a department, team, building level, residential hall, club, or society - 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.

Start now by checking out this video on how to register a Green Impact team. You can also attend one of the information sessions held throughout the year on how to navigate the online toolkit. Register for these sessions below.

 

Will Green Impact be a lot of work?

No! You can spend as little as half an hour a week doing it. You'll have until the end of October 2022 to complete the actions and there will be lots of support available. And if it's too much, you can do just a few actions this year and receive a "working towards bronze" certificate.

 

Why should I get involved?

Green Impact is easy, free, fun and rewarding. By participating you'll get to:

  • contribute to the ANU Below Zero program, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from activities at ANU;
  • make your workplace a more enjoyable and efficient place to work;
  • work with new people from both within and outside of the organisation;
  • learn about social, health and environmental issues and make a real impact;
  • be recognised for any positive actions you are taking already;
  • benefit from the shared experience of thousands of others around the world who also use the Green Impact program;
  • attend (and maybe win something at) the annual award ceremony.

 

How do I get involved?

  1. Attend one of our information sessions (see details below);
  2. Register your team name and contact details at: https://www.greenimpact.org.uk/anu/;
  3. Encourage your colleagues to join your team;
  4. Getting started on completing actions from the toolkit.

 

How will I be supported?

We will be holding a number of Green Impact Q&A sessions throughout the year as well as doing call-arounds to see how you're getting on. You'll receive regular communications and of course, you can always email if you need us at belowzero@anu.edu.au

Green Impact is delivered by the not-for-profit, member-led organisation, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). ACTS support organisations in making a meaningful change toward a more sustainable future by offering a range of tools and exciting programs that facilitate sustainability innovation and engagement. Find out more on their website

Information Sessions on Green Impact at ANU

Attend a live session to learn how to navigate the Green Impact at ANU online toolkit, pick up tips and tricks for recording and uploading evidence and ask any questions you have about the toolkit. ANU information sessions occurred in April 2022 - to watch the recording, please send an email to belowzero@anu.edu.au.

Or join one of these regular events hosted by the ACTS Green Impact team. At these sessions, the ACTS team will demonstrate the functionality of the Green Impact toolkit to participants. These sessions are open to all participants from Australasian program, and the generic ACTS toolkit is used for the demonstration.  See the dates and register for an upcoming session here.

 

What is in the toolkit?

The types of actions vary across climate action and sustainable behaviours. All of them are linked to one or more of the 17 UN Sustainable Develop Goals, with icons indicating the target goal(s) on the front tab for each action. The activities in the ANU Green Impact toolkit can be broadly categorised as:

  • Climate Action
  • Energy
  • Engagement Innovators
  • Events
  • Travel
  • Waste and Recycling
  • Water

The activities might be one-off actions, short and long-term actions, knowledge sharing or climate action campaigns or group actions. There are also special actions that relate to setting up or joining a team, special award nominations for sustainability champions and a wildcard action that allows teams to get creative by developing their own action that could be included in future toolkits.

See more information here on how you can start now to establish climate action in your area.

 

What awards can be won?

  • Working Towards Bronze - start doing any of the actions even if it's only a few;
  • Bronze - Complete 75 Points of Actions;
  • Silver - Complete 100 Points of Actions;
  • Gold - Complete 125 Points of Actions;

There are also special awards available and Overall winner will be awarded to the team with the highest number of points. In addition, special awards winners from all participating Green Impact institutions will compete against each other for top honours in the Australasian Green Impact Awards.

 

    Can students get involved with Green Impact?

    Absolutely! We encourage students to get involved in any capacity they can. This can be as a direct team member (esp. post graduates/PhD students who will often have dedicated space of their own), or in a volunteer support role as either a project assistant or a student auditor. Interested in volunteering? Let us know.

    We are looking for student volunteers to be auditors to conduct an environmental audit of the sustainability actions implemented by a Green Impact team. This role includes a 3-hour training session plus 1-2 hours per team audited and will take place in November 2022. If you are interested and have any questions, let us know.

    In 2023, we plan to launch even more actions that are directly related to student life on campus. For instance, actions that relate to those who live at residential halls on campus or participate in lab groups or societies and clubs. Have ideas about actions to include in the toolkit? We'd love to hear them! Let us know.

     

    Got questions?

    Read our FAQs page which also contains a sneak peak into what activities are in the toolkit.

    Contact us at belowzero@anu.edu.au

    ACTS Green Impact

    Green Impact is a United Nations award-winning program designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice. It is a change and engagement program delivered regionally in Australasia by ACTS.  Learn more about Green Impact.

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