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The Climate Action programme was developed in 2020 and is designed for departments across the University of Chester to improve their sustainability performance. There are two parts to the programme, a list of 10 core actions that cover different themes of sustainability, and a project plan. The programme and 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.

Students can get involved with the programme through a number of volunteering opportunities:

Mid-year/end-of-year audits

These audits are an important part of the programme and review the work of each Climate Action team. Auditors evaluate workbooks, conduct interviews with staff and gather feedback. This is valuable in ensuring that the programme continues to work for each department.

Waste and Energy audit

As part of the core actions, Climate Action teams must actively work to waste and energy targets. To help teams do this, students can take part in training to run waste and energy audits with teams, highlighting examples of best practice and opportunities to improve.

If you would like to find out more about the Climate Action programme or get involved, please email

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.