New academic year, new start for Green Impact and LEAF schemes

Whether you are a continuing team with a wall full of pards awards, a freshly new team or a returning member after a break, we welcome you onboard.  

Green Impact is a United Nations award-winning programme that provides simple and effective ways for staff and students to improve the sustainable practices of their building, department or college. We have tailored the online workbook to align with the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy.  

The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) is an innovative scheme to drive improvements in laboratory efficiency and helps you identify practical steps to make your lab more sustainable.  

We need you! 

You, the staff members working in the various buildings, departments, labs and colleges, know best how your team works, the potential for positive change, and whom to approach to support this change.  

You are joining over 150 teams across the University working on Green Impact since 2013 and 100 teams working on LEAF since 2020, doing thousands of small actions accumulating to one significant change.  

Spending up to one hour a week, a small team can motivate enough impact to reach a Bronze Award in a year.  

There is so much to do and so many of us to do it, so let’s join forces and be part of the solution.  

Welcome sessions 

Green Impact:  

We are running a welcome session on 20 October at 12:30pm for Green Impact, which will serve as an introduction for new teams, a refresher and general support for the more experienced team and a chance to get to know each other. 

Visit our event page to find out more and register for the session

Read our guide to learn how to work with the Green Impact online platform and get tips to get you started. 


We are running a welcome session on 27 October at 11:00am for LEAF which will introduce the scheme, and the timeline for this year and give practical tips on how to complete your submission. Please join our Sustainable Lab Leaders MS Teams group for more details.