Green Impact is launching a new platform with updated content

Whether you are a continuing team with a wall full of past awards, brand new to the programme or returning after a break, we welcome you onboard.   

Green Impact and LEAF are the primary schemes for staff and students to engage with the strategic goals of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy.  

The schemes provide a toolkit of effective actions staff and student teams can take to improve sustainability across the collegiate University. You can have a significant positive impact in your department, college, building or laboratory.   

Green Impact  

On its tenth year in Oxford, with over 180 teams participating throughout the years and thousands of positive actions, Green Impact returns with a new and improved online platform. The workbook (list of actions to choose from) aligns with the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy and offers easy navigation, plenty of choice and room for custom work/projects. 


The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) is an innovative scheme driving improvements in laboratory efficiency and sustainable practice. LEAF recognises all the great things labs are already doing and provides a structure for identifying practical next steps. It covers equipment, space use, ventilation, procurement, waste, samples and chemicals. Exchange knowledge and best practice with a growing community of 150 Oxford teams committed to making lab work in Oxford more sustainable.  

We need you!  

You, the staff members and students know your buildings, departments, labs and colleges best, the potential for positive change and who needs to be involved to support this work! 

Spending one hour a week, a small and dedicated team can drive enough impact to reach a Bronze Award in one year and improve from one year to the next.  

There is so much to do and so many of us to do it, so let’s join forces and be part of the solution. 

Read more about the 2022-23 participating teams in the 2023 VC Awards brochure.

Join our welcome sessions to learn more 

Green Impact: 27 September at 12:00pm 

  • Introduction to the new web platform.  
  • General induction for new teams, a refresher and a chance to get to know each other.  
  • Join our Green Impact MS Teams group for more information. 

Register for the session 

Read our user guide for the new Green Impact online platform 

LEAF: 24 October at 11:00am 

  • Introduction to the scheme, the timeline for this year and practical tips on how to complete your submission.  
  • No registration required. Please join our Sustainable Lab Leaders MS Teams group for more details.