Green Impact

Green Impact is a departmental accreditation scheme designed to embed sustainable practices across organisations.

Overview of the scheme

Green Impact is a UNESCO multi-award winning sustainability engagement programme set up by Students Organising for Sustainability UK. The scheme aims to support sustainable practices across organisations by guiding individual departments on how they can take sustainable action in an accessible and meaningful way.

How it works

Green Impact is a cyclical process that lasts from October to May. The programme can be customised to meet the specific needs, objectives, and culture of each university.

From October 2023, the University of Surrey’s Sustainability Team will be inviting both academic and professional services departments to get involved. Departments will create teams who will actively work through set sustainability criteria.  

The aim of this scheme is to build a community of staff and students at Surrey who are actively working towards a more sustainable future – both at work and at home.

At the end of the year, departments will be awarded either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Green Impact award. Each department’s achievements will be celebrated in an end-of-year awards ceremony.

Read more information on Green Impact.

Get involved

The Sustainability Team is looking for staff working as teams to take part in a pilot for Green Impact within Surrey. The team will also be encouraging student volunteers to support Green Impact teams. If you are interested, please contact Charlotte Discombe ( from the Sustainability Team.