29 November 2016
Green Impact awarded UNESCO prize for Education for Sustainability
NUS (UK) have been awarded a prize by
UNESCO for their work on education for sustainability, through the
Green Impact programme. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation
Trust who were the initial pilot organisation for implementing the
Green Impact Awards in the wider community, is one of the
organisations whose collective activities have resulted in
achieving this award.
Green Impact is celebrating ten years of
education for sustainable development and behaviour change across
students' unions, universities, colleges, and thanks to the
successful pilot at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation
Trust, a huge range of off-campus organisations.
Green Impact has enabled University
Hospitals Bristol to engage hundreds of staff in positive
environmental and social sustainability behaviour change since
2011. This has resulted in 87 teams completing 3209 actions ranging
from setting all department computers to default print double sided
and installing instant water boilers or environmentally friendly
kettles for staff use, to departments running their own
environmentally themed awareness events.
Paula Clarke, Director of Strategy and Transformation at
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"Doctors and scientists agree, our health is very much
influenced by the environment.
"That's why, at University Hospitals Bristol, we're working to
reduce our own impact on the environment, with a particular focus
on our carbon footprint. In turn this will help us reduce our
contribution to climate change, which is another major health
"Green Impact empowers our staff, as individuals and as teams,
to reduce their environmental impact at work and practice the
values they have at home in the workplace as well."
NUS was selected as a winner by an international jury from 120
nominations across 64 UNESCO Member States, and it was praised for
its transformative impact for those student and staff members
In the last ten years over 380
organisations have participated in Green Impact, reaching an
incredible 115,000 people. In the last year alone Green
Impact saved participating organisations 1.2 million pounds and
6,923 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Accepting the award in Paris, NUS' LGBT+
officer Melantha Chittenden said: "The student movement has always
been at the forefront of social change. To create a just and
sustainable future, we now need substantial change in tertiary
education. The vision for our sustainability work is simple: All
students, regardless of what they are studying, leave tertiary
education equipped and motivated to make society a better place. We
dedicate this award to our students' unions, and all the other
participants in Green Impact who have contributed to its
The Green Impact programme has recently
relaunched at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation trust for
2016/17, and this year NUS are using the prize money to provide
small grants for Green Impact participants to continue their local
Find out more and get in touch with NUS
for more information.
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