Green Impact

At Monash University we acknowledge we are all responsible for taking actions to minimise our impact on the environment. Our programs are as diverse as our people, and everyone has the opportunity to contribute to positive change.

In 2021 Green Impact is back for a fourth year to engage staff and make a sustainable difference in their work and living places at Monash. The events of 2020 have influenced some changes we've made to the program with a new section that will allow teams to implement actions from Green Impact at home. We are also welcoming student teams to the program with teams from Monash Residential Services and Clubs & Societies invited to take action on campus.

What is Green Impact?

Green Impact is a positive staff engagement program that has been developed over the last 10 years, through Students Organising for Sustainability (UK). To date the program has been delivered to over 400 organisations and has reached more than 100,000 people, 20,000 of whom have actively taken part in the program. Green Impact is a continually improving, collaborative and meaningful program that embeds sustainable practices and healthy behaviours into the workplace and will help ensure Monash achieves its sustainability goals.

Green Impact at Monash

The 2021 Green Impact program is a team-driven challenge for staff and students, designed to embed sustainability in the workplace or living space. The inaugural 2018 program saw more than 50 teams with over 200 staff, across our four main campuses and other sites take on and implement 1,204 sustainability actions. In 2019 the program had continued success with over 1,400 actions taken and in 2020 we had our biggest year yet with 2056 actions taken across the teams. The program for 2021 has been further updated with new actions to ensure Monash is staying ahead of the sustainability and wellbeing curve and leading the way in sustainability.

Participating in the program

To join, staff are encouraged to form a team and register for the online program. For more information please visit the Green Impact website.

Each participating team will have access to their own online toolkit where all the sustainability and, health and wellbeing tasks of the program will be waiting for your team to implement, achieve and record. Each criterion is a simple action you can undertake to improve sustainability and wellbeing in your area.

The health and wellbeing and campus sustainability teams will run online support events, provide regular updates, and will always be available to answer any questions you have. At the end of the program, each participating area will be audited to determine and recognise the most sustainable team.

To gain accreditation in each level you will need to complete the specified number of actions in each section before proceeding to the next level:

Office Teams

  • Working towards accreditation – start doing any of the actions, even if it’s only a few.
  • Bronze – complete the Essential Actions and at least 125 points (25 actions) from the 73 bronze office actions;
  • Silver – gain a bronze accreditation and complete at least 200 points (20 actions) from the 67 silver office actions;
  • Gold – gain a silver accreditation and complete at least 225 points (15 actions) from the 42 gold office actions.

Laboratory-based teams

  • Working towards bronze: complete any of the actions, even if it's only a few.
  • Bronze labs – Essential Actions + 25 actions (75 bronze office points (15 bronze office actions) AND 10 actions from the Labs section);
  • Silver labs – Complete 45 actions (75 bronze office points (15 bronze office actions) + 200 silver office points (10 Silver office actions) AND 20 actions from the Labs section);
  • Gold labs – Complete 60 actions (75 bronze points (15 bronze office actions) + 200 silver office points (10 Silver office actions) + 150 gold office points (10 gold office actions) AND 20 actions from the Labs section).

Monash Residential Teams

  • Working Towards Bronze – start doing any of the actions even if it’s only a few;
  • Bronze – complete the Essential Actions and at least 40 bronze points (8 bronze actions) from the 14 bronze actions;
  • Silver – gain a bronze accreditation and complete at least 70 points (7 silver actions) from the 11 silver actions;
  • Gold – gain a silver accreditation and complete at least 90 gold points (6 gold actions) from the 9 gold actions.

Clubs and Societies Teams

  • Working Towards Bronze – start doing any of the actions even if it’s only a few;
  • Bronze – complete the Essential Actions and at least 40 bronze points (8 bronze actions) from the 11 bronze actions;
  • Silver – gain a bronze accreditation and complete at least 70 points (7 silver actions) from the 10 silver actions
  • Gold – gain a silver accreditation and complete at least 90 gold points (6 gold actions) from the 14 gold actions.

Overall winners 2021

In 2021, there will be overall winners in each of the four areas listed above. Overall winners will be the teams who achieved the highest number of points in their category:

  • Office
  • Labs
  • Monash Residential Students
  • Clubs and Societies

For more information please visit the Green Impact website.