2020 Green Impact awards announced

A selection Green Impact award trophies displayed on a table

Green Impact is an environmental engagement scheme in which staff and students come together in teams to make their workplaces more sustainable by taking simple actions.

Teams make their way through workbooks designed to suggest positive changes they can make, and can approach Green Impact at a range of levels, from Beyond Gold to Getting Started.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it much harder than usual to take part in Green Impact, but numerous teams rose to the challenge, in many cases continuing to work from home to make sustainable changes and promote environmental awareness among their colleagues.  Six teams attained Beyond Gold level, while 10 more got Gold awards, one attained silver, six reached Bronze standard and two more qualified at Getting Started level.

Congratulations to all of the following:

Beyond Gold Award

  • Kennedy institute
  • Lady Margaret Hall 
  • Osney One
  • OUP Environment
  • Oxford Chemistry
  • Oxford University Innovation

Gold Award

  • Big Data Institute
  • Careers Service
  • Earth Sciences
  • Foster Lab Zoology/Biochemistry
  • Green Templeton College
  • Kellogg College
  • Oxford Biochemistry 
  • Primary Care Health Science
  • St Anne’s College
  • The Old Bodleian and Weston Libraries 

Silver Award

  • Trinity College 

Bronze Award

  • Department of Zoology
  • GLAM Divisional Unit
  • Oxford Martin School
  • Research Services - 5 Worcester Street Team
  • Social Sciences Divisional Office
  • Wood Lab (Department of Paediatrics)

Getting Started

  • Botnar Research Centre

  • Wolfson Building

Special Citation

  • Saïd Business School – special continuous improvement award 

We offer special congratulations to the newcomer teams, who joined the scheme during a very challenging year and yet remained committed.

This year laboratory-based teams also had the option to pilot the new Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) as part of their Green Impact efforts. LEAF is designed to drive improvements in laboratory efficiency. Teams complete a set of lab-specific criteria and can estimate the carbon and financial savings their actions have achieved.

Several departments started using LEAF this year, including labs from the Chemistry, Engineering, Geography and Pharmacology departments, the Nuffield Department of Medicine, and the Dunn School of Pathology.

LEAF Gold Award

  • Wood Lab (Department of Paediatrics)

LEAF Silver Award

  • Newstead Lab (Department of Biochemistry)

More details will be available soon. If you have any queries, contact the Environmental Sustainability team on sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk.