Students' Unions

Find out more about how Green Impact can help your students’ union become more sustainable by engaging your student, officer and staff body in working towards campaigns and policies that will make a long term difference.

Although it’s called ‘Green Impact’ it’s not just about planting trees or getting your recycling in order, sustainability is a lot more than that, touching on issues of equality, community, curriculum reform, campaigning and much more. Our vision is that through sustainability initiatives on campus, alongside the content of the taught curriculum, students will graduate from further and higher education being equipped to deal with the global challenges we currently face.

We think that students’ unions should be at the heart of this activity, so to help you along the way we’ve created the Green Impact toolkit as a framework for union staff, officers and students to collaboratively address key issues to transform into a sustainable union and campus environment.

GISU 2019-20 is live!

How it works

Green Impact Students’ Unions (GISU) works on an annual cycle. Launching each autumn, unions try to implement change throughout the academic year, submitting your work in late spring, receiving an audit in early summer, then awards are announced in July.

Each participating union will be given access to the online toolkit which houses all the actions we’d like you to work through for the year, some are mandatory and some are optional. If you’re interested in what the actions are before you sign up, you can see the 2018-19 action summary here. If you have a more specific question, you may be able to find the answer on our FAQs.


Over the months you will be making progress on campus and within your students’ union, setting up, embedding and delivering campaigns and initiatives. There are a number of ways you can receive support over this period:

  • Online – we have an online resource bank accessible to all GISU participants, this will house guidance documents, templates, case studies and webinar recordings.
  • Peer to Peer – We have a great network of SU sustainability contacts through our ‘NUS Sustainability Staff and Officers’ Facebook Workplace page. This is a great place to join in the debate, share ideas, pose questions or provide insight.
  • Email – we run sustainability newsletters, housing Green Impact as well as other sustainability articles, sign up for this here. We also run a GISU focused newsletter.
  • Ad hoc support – if you’re struggling at any point throughout the year, or would like to suggest an idea for a future webinar, case study or news piece, please get in touch through the GISU inbox.
  • In person – if you’d like more tailored on-site or remote training for your staff, officers or students, you can request to purchase this when signing up for GISU or get in contact with us.

Use the get in touch form below to ask us any questions and find out more.

Dates for the diary

Annual sustainability survey: 21st October – 10th November 2019
Sustainability Summit: 4th November 2019
National SDG teach in: 17th – 21st February 2020
Submission deadline: 1st May 2020
Audits: June 2020
Awards: July 2020




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