How it works

How it works

The Green Impact scheme works on an annual cycle, launching each autumn unions try to implement change throughout the academic year, submitting your work in late spring, receiving an audit from NUS in early summer, then awards are announced in July.

Each participating union will be given access to the online toolkit which houses all the actions we’d like you to work through for the year, some are mandatory and some are optional. If you’re interested in what the actions are before you sign up, you can see these here. If you have a more specific question, you may be able to find the answer on our FAQs.



Over the months you will be making progress on campus, setting up campaigns and initiatives and there are a number of ways you can receive support over this period:

  • Online – we have an online resource bank accessible to all GISU participants, this will house guidance documents, templates, case studies and webinar recordings.
  • Peer to Peer – We have a great network of SU sustainability enthusiasts through our ‘Ethical and Environmental jiscmail’ sign up here to join in the debate, share ideas, pose questions or provide insight.
  • Email – we run monthly sustainability newsletters, housing Green Impact as well as other sustainability articles, sign up for this here.
  • Webinars – we’ve got a schedule of webinars specifically for GISU participants to take part in live, please sign up to these here.
  • Ad hoc support – if you’re struggling at any point throughout the year, or would like to suggest an idea for a future webinar, case study or news piece, please get in touch through the GISU inbox.
  • In person – if you’d like more tailored on-site training for your staff or students, you can request to purchase this when signing up for GISU.


Dates for the diary

Launch – September
Annual NUS sustainability Survey – 23rd October – 10th November 2017
Student Sustainability Summit - 8th November
National SDG teach in – 19th – 23rd February 2018
Submission deadline – 13th April 2018
Audits – April – May 2018
NUS Awards – 4th July 2018