Register now for Green Impact Students' Unions 2013/14, NUS' hotly contested environmental competition. Save money and reduce the carbon footprint of your students' union by completing a series of eco-actions, culminating in an award ceremony at our annual gala dinner.
Last year, 104 students' unions received an accreditation, with 18 receiving an Excellence award, and 32 attaining Gold. 3072 greening actions have taken part as a direct result of Green Impact Students' Unions, and 92% of participating unions have active environmental policy.
The savings made through Green Impact Students’ Unions are huge. Through the simple action of making sure things get switched off at the end of the day, Bristol Students' Union saved 14 tonnes of carbon and £4,000. Loughborough saved 6.6. tonnes of carbon and £1000 just by changing their light bulbs, and Warwick saved 8.6 tonnes of carbon and £1,300 by keeping their union at 24 degrees.
Green Impact is also fantastic for student engagement and development. The Cheltenham Chilli Company at the University of Gloucestershire Students' Union helps students to reconnect with sustainable food growing, as well as developing entrepreneurial skills - growing organic chilli plants, and building a student-led business which sells jam to local shops.
VP for society and citizenship Dom Anderson says that “students’ unions should definitely sign up for Green Impact – it saves money, cuts carbon, and brings national recognition. It’s such a positive scheme for unions to be involved with, and I hope this can be our biggest year yet”
To celebrate the launch, we're running a Twitter competition! Tell us why you #LoveGreenImpact before Friday 9th August, and you could win a bird box!