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Climate Action is a new programme that has been designed for departments across the University of Chester to improve their sustainability performance. The actions have been designed so that they are relevant and achievable, regardless of whether the team are working from campus, home or a combination of the two. There are 50 actions in the Climate Action workbook, worth between 1 and 5 points and teams can choose which, and how many, actions they complete. Once workbooks are submitted, students can volunteer to audit them, discuss with teams the work they have done, and award them either a bronze, silver or gold award. 

If you would like to find out more information about Climate Action, including how you can get invovled, please email greenchester@chester.ac.uk

Green Impact at the University of Chester

Since 2013, departments across the University have taken part in the Green Impact programme. Green Impact is a national programme developed by National Union of Students (NUS) now led by Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK) that brings together staff and students to achieve positive and long-lasting environmental changes to departments. There have been many achievements as a result of departments taking part in the programme and project officers at SOS-UK have supported us in delivering the programme each year. Although we have moved away from Green Impact for 2020/21, we have designed Climate Action to be a programme that continues to bring departments together and is something positive that staff can be involved in and enjoy being a part of.

Chester Students’ Union take part in the NUS Green Impact programme and have recently been awarded ‘Good’ following their work in the programme. You can find out more about their award here.

2019/20 awards

In 2019/20, 17 teams submitted their workbook and collectively completed actions that ranged from having a Green Impact noticeboard to collaborating with another team on a joint event/campaign. The full list of teams who received awards at the 2020 Virtual Green Tie Awards are:

Bronze

  • Accelerate Cheshire and Warrington
  • Social and Political Science
  • Queen's Park GIFT
  • Warrington Registry
  • Corporate Communications

Silver

  • Leighton LIS

Gold

  • Marriss House
  • Marketing Recruitment and Admissions
  • Geography and International Development
  • Student Futures SuperSavers
  • Sutton Building
  • Grounds and Gardens

Platinum

  • Riverside LIS
  • Seaborne LIS
  • Warrington Library

Excellence project

  • Catering
  • Estates and Facilities

Special Awards

The special awards are a chance for colleagues to nominate each other for their commitment and hard work as well as celebrate projects and campaigns that have been held as a result of Green Impact. The winners of this year's special awards are: 

  • Best Newcomer - Geography and International Development 
  • Innovation for Engagement - Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions - Spring Newsletter
  • Environmental Improvement - Seaborne LIS - Sustainability Hub
  • Community Action - Estates and Facilities - Volunteering with KidsBank Chester 
  • Environmental Hero - Alex Williams, Corporate Communications 
  • Staff Leadership (Winner) - Gianna Molica Franco, Marketing Recruitment and Admissions
  • Staff Leadership (Highly Commended) Jess Jones, Marriss House and Elisa Dowey, Leighton LIS

Pedometer Challenge winners - Seaborne LIS

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Green Tie awards handed out to the Special Awards winners