Green Impact

The Green Impact program raises awareness of sustainability by giving people a focused approach to tackling issues and supporting them in achieving these actions. The voluntary program is designed to be a fun, flexible and social way to support staff in undertaking targeted actions to make our University have a more sustainable campus.

Green Impact was developed in the United Kingdom in 2006 by the National Union of Students (NUS) and is delivered in Australia by Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). The program helps people to understand sustainability and social responsibility, and provides a framework via an online toolkit to help them achieve actions that make a difference.

Why choose the Green Impact program?

Video: Green Impact launches at the University of Newcastle

Piloted for the first time in Australia at the University of Melbourne in 2017, Green Impact has been implemented by over 500 organisations worldwide, reaching more than 100,000 people. The University of Newcastle is the 14th university to join in Australasia.

The Green Impact program is a commitment to environmental sustainability as set out in the Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019 - 2025.

The plan is designed to address our University’s key environmental issues and defines commitments, targets and activities across six focus areas including: climate action and energy reduction, waste and recycling, transport, biodiversity, water and engagement.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.