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 2020 Green Impact is back for a third year to engage staff and make a sustainable difference in their workplaces at Monash. Due to COVID-19 most staff now work from home, so we have created a new section for the program that will allow teams to implement actions from Green Impact at home.
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 behaviours into the workplace and will help ensure Monash achieves its sustainability goals.
Green Impact at Monash
The 2020 Green Impact program is a team-driven challenge for staff and students, designed to embed sustainability in the workplace. 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 across the teams. The program for 2020 has been further updated with new actions to ensure Monash is staying ahead of the sustainability curve and leading the way in sustainability.
Participating in the program
Each participating team will have access to their own online toolkit where all the sustainability 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 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:
- Working towards accreditation – start doing any of the actions, even if it’s only a few.
- Bronze – complete at least 20 of the 38 bronze actions.
- Silver – gain a bronze accreditation and complete at least 25 of the 41 silver actions.
- Gold – gain a silver accreditation and complete at least 20 of the 27 gold actions.
To gain the various award levels in the laboratory-based category you need to achieve the following:
- Working towards bronze: complete any of the actions, even if it's only a few.
- Bronze labs (complete 15 actions): 5 bronze actions AND a total of 10 actions from the labs section.
- Silver labs (complete 25 actions): 5 bronze, 5 silver actions AND a total of 15 actions from the labs section.
- Gold labs (complete 35 actions): 5 bronze, 5 silver, 5 gold actions AND a total of 20 actions from the labs section.
In 2020, there will be two overall winners – one in the non-laboratory based category with the highest award/point combination and one in the laboratory-based category with the highest award/point combination.
The ‘special’ tab is there for you to tell us of any other sustainability initiatives and projects you are involved in that are not covered by the bronze, silver or gold criteria and to celebrate ideas, initiatives and people that are helping the organisation in their sustainability agenda.
For more information please visit the Green Impact website.