Green Impact

Green Impact is a national scheme tailored for you which provides simple and effective ways for staff and students to improve the sustainable practices of their building, department or college. There is also a special category for laboratories.

Green Impact celebrations at the Sustainability Showcase

Every year we celebrate Green Impact at our Sustainability Showcase event


Did you know?

The University has been involved with Green Impact since 2013. To date over 100 teams have taken part. Actions range from changing the type of paper used and introducing a bike pool scheme through to creating a biodiversity garden. The list is endless! 


So whether you are part of a small team, or work on a really complex site, everyone in the University can help to make a difference. Why not start your Green Impact journey today?  

Take part in Green Impact


Create a team. Encourage your colleagues and peers to join your team. Green Impact is open to teams of all sizes: any office, building, department, laboratory or college – whatever suits you.

Head to the Oxford University page on the Green Impact website and click “Register” in the right hand menu. Add your team name and contact details. You will then receive a welcome pack.

Start to complete actions from the toolkit. Tick them off as done and upload comments and evidence on the way so you can keep track of your progress.


Green Impact is flexible. It can adapt to the size or complexity of your site and how much time you or your team want to take. Green Impact is voluntary, fun and has no fixed commitment.

The outputs are real and result in tangible positive changes. 

All staff and students can form teams or join existing teams. Teams can be all staff or all student - though having a mix of both staff and students usually works best.

There’s a huge variety of activity: some teams carry out a number of quick, small actions. Others prefer to take on longer term projects focusing on one or two areas.

The Green Impact teams receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze award as part of their accreditation.

Green Impact achievements and awards are celebrated as part of the University’s annual celebratory Sustainability Showcase event.


Small is beautiful too! The actions you commit to don’t need to be giant sized. For instance, if all staff and students at the University saved just one piece of paper a day over the three eight week terms, we would save 8,215 reams of paper a year.



Whether you are staff or student, we hope you will really enjoy your Green Impact experience. The scheme is a great way to meet new people, find out more about environmental issues at the University and play a practical part in making a difference.

Green Impact also provides training for students to become Green Impact auditors and project assistants. Both opportunities enable you to bring about change today while equipping you with valuable employability skills and experience for tomorrow. 

All in all, Green Impact is a fantastic way to enhance your CV and potentially kick-start a career in the sustainability sector.



Support and resources are available:


See what others are up to at:




Botnar Research Centre

Linacre College

Merton College

Richard Doll Building

Research Services - 5 Worcester Street

Research Services - Robert Hooke Building

Research Services - Boundary Brook House

Social Policy and Intervention

The Queen's College

Zoology Foster Lab

The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics


Wolfson College

Careers Service

Radcliffe Science Library


Bodleian Book Storage Facility

Old Road Campus Research Building


Oxford School of Global and Area Studies

Kennedy Institute and Labs

Oxford University Press

Primary Care Health Sciences

Radcliffe Humanities

Brasenose College

Academic Office Kellogg College


Lady Margaret Hall

Estates Services

Finance Division

Osney One

Chemistry and labs

Oxford University Innovation

Excellence Project

Saïd Business School

Staff and Student Award – Winners

Philip Priest, Oxford University Innovation

Rodrigo Hernandez and Gabrielle Kiliman, Kellogg College

Staff and Student Award – Highly Commended

Vikki Rose, Oxford University Press

Marcus Boswell, University Sports

We're here to help

If you are not sure how you can make the most of Green Impact or what might suit you best, please contact the Environmental Sustainability team at for an informal chat.


Student Switch Off and Green Impact promotion

Green Impact and Student Switch Off are key engagement programmes


Green Impact auditors

Students receive training to be Green Impact auditors or project assistants


Green Impact call to action

 We are always communicating the benefits of joining Green Impact



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Green Impact from home

We have made some changes to the Green Impact workbook in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Download our guide for tips on staying environmentally sustainable at home!


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