Green Impact is our UNESCO award-winning change and engagement programme – it helps staff and students understand sustainability and social responsibility, shows them what they can do to make a difference, and supports them in achieving these actions. 

Full programme information here:

Programme fees and included content for 2019-20 are:

Green Impact 2019/20 fees

(first year)

Green Impact 2019/20 fees

(subsequent years)

Up to 1,500 FTE

FTE staff

1,501 or more FTE staff

Up to 1,500 FTE

FTE staff

1,501 or more FTE staff

£6,595 (+VAT)

£7,895 (+VAT)

£5,595 (+VAT)

£6,895 (+VAT)



Online toolkit and reporting
Support to develop and host your bespoke online toolkit and ongoing technical support which includes:

  • NEW – opportunity to create and deliver a monthly campaigns toolkit, focusing teams’ actions around thematic campaigns to increase engagement and maintain momentum; 
  • NEW – opportunity to utilise a pre-defined set of actions collecting data direct from participants to locally and internationally measure broader environmental and social impacts
  • Tailored actions and innovative design of your programme to link your toolkit with wider sustainability strategies, global issues and UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Live dashboard of personal and national progress for teams and departments, and local admin access to monitor progress
  • Specific actions for your catering outlets developed alongside the Soil Association enabling easier accreditation for the Food For Life Catering Mark (this includes a discounted accreditation rate with the Soil Association as well as specialized support for your catering outlets to achieve this external accreditation); and Labs actions developed in partnership with S-Labs, Kings College London and the University of Bristol
  • Ability to brand your toolkit to fit with organisational sustainability branding
  • Annual reports for each team and organisation to demonstrate reach, impact and achievements

Project management support, as agreed with your dedicated NUS Project Officer, which may include, but are not limited to

  • Regular (monthly or fortnightly, as required) support and idea sharing calls to guide you through each stage of the process
  • Up to 5 on-site visits over the course of the year, as agreed with your dedicated NUS Project Officer, which may include, but are not limited to:
    • Project planning and toolkit development
    • Launch event - support with on-the-day event management, speech and/or workshop delivery
    • Support and feedback workshops for GI teams
    • IEMA Approved auditor training and support with audit coordination
    • Awards event – support with on-the-day event management,  speech and/or workshop delivery
    • In your first year, an additional two days of support are allocated to develop a comprehensive organisational review and proposal for creating you bespoke programme
  • Coordinated networking with other GI organisations as required to help shape your GI programme 

Communications and resources

  • Access for you, your teams and students to a series of tailored Green Impact support and skill sharing webinars, online events and resource banks
  • Opportunity to profile your teams and innovations through our regular international newsletter and website
  • Certificate templates for all Green Impact teams and student volunteers
  • 15 sustainably sourced Green Impact Awards and stands
  • Green Impact cost-price shop for sustainable products for teams and departments (e.g. refillable drinking water bottles, awareness stickers, room thermometers, etc.);
  • Support in engaging your students’ union in your Green Impact programme
  • Actively supported to collectively shape the strategic development of the programme and celebrate the collective achievements of Green Impact across the sector
  • Centrally curated sponsored Special Awards to recognise local actions and impacts on an international stage

Required by host organisation
    Enthusiasm to develop an innovative and impactful Green Impact programme!
    Local contact responsible for the co-development and delivery of the programme
    Ability to deliver local day-to-day communications and coordination, recruitment and support of teams and students
    Lead on gaining top-level buy-in
    Printing of awards certificates, or additional awards beyond the 15 provided; 
    Venue or catering costs for training, support and awards events
    Commitment to maintain regular communication with your designated NUS GI Project Officer

Bolt-on elements

Additional on-site support – Price on Request
We are often asked to help develop additional bespoke training sessions of staff, students or management, as well as look into other links the programme can make across an institution and beyond. 
We can therefore provide additional on-site days as required (outside of the 5 included as standard) which could include:
o    Multi-site auditor training and audits over multiple days
o    Additional team support workshops or engagement events
o    Additional development and engagement work around specific areas of your organisation (eg. Investigating links to curriculum, building alliances with academics etc)

Additional awards – Price on Request
This year we have taken the decision to provide up to 15 awards (within the standard layout/design) within the cost of your Green Impact programme, based on an average number of awards currently bought across our institutions. This helps us to manage the process and the costs more efficiently, as well as making it clearer to you what is and isn’t included.
You can choose to purchase additional awards as required. Your Project Officer can provide information on the amount you have historically ordered, and the costs associated with this.

Green Impact Project Assistants
We have created two tiers of support to help you engage students in your programme from start to finish. We know that GIPA’s enhance your programme by:
•    improving student engagement with sustainability 
•    developing student experience and skills
•    supporting GI teams to achieve more and create meaningful change

Tier One GIPA bolt-on

 Tier Two GIPA bolt-on

Recruitment support, delivery of initial training onsite, guidance on

how best to support and delivery your GIPA programme


Recruitment support, delivery of initial training onsite, delivery of wrap-up event/training on-site, two additional days of remote support to manage and support deliver the ongoing management of your GIPA’s

£620 (+VAT)

£1,750 (+VAT)


Communications support
Engagement takes time, resource and perseverance! We know that the best GI programmes are those that provide consistent and high-quality communications for and between teams, but that many organisations don’t have the resource to deliver this internally.
We have created two tiers of additional support based on what we know works, for you to choose to add to your programme, beyond that already decided between you and your NUS Project Officer:

Tier One Comms bolt-on

 Tier Two comms bolt-on

Monthly newsletters/e-communications to teams, up to 30 team support calls/year


Monthly newsletters/e-communications to teams, up to 45 team support calls/year, monthly bespoke team resources (leaflets, case studies, good practice guides, cheat-sheets)


£1,040 (+VAT)

£1,820 (+VAT)


Sign up to this programme through our online form

For more information on any element of Green Impact, please contact either Katie Jepson at or on 07974646112.