How does the scoring work?
To gain the various award levels you will need to achieve the following:

Working Towards Bronze
To achieve a Working Towards Bronze award all you need to do is complete at least 1 criteria.

Bronze Award
If you are an office based team, to achieve a Bronze award you need to complete at least 30 points from the actions listed under the ‘Offices’ tab.

If you are a residences team, you need to complete 30 points from the actions listed under the ‘Residences’ tab.

If you are a catering team, you need to complete 15 points from the actions listed under the ‘Catering’ tab.

Please select the tab which best suits the environment you are working in, points achieved though completing other tabs won't count towards your Bronze award.

The actions are listed under themes, for example ‘Energy’ or ‘Waste’. You can pick any actions, from any theme, to complete the award. Some actions have more points than others, and we have provided guidance for how long these actions will take. Read the action carefully and look at the evidence you need to upload for auditing.

For further information see the relevant Green Impact guides for Offices, Residences and Catering teams.

Silver and Gold Awards
If you would like to gain a Silver or Gold Award you must complete 30 points from either the Offices or Residences tabs (or 15 points from the Catering tab if you are a catering team), plus a project. Use the ‘Projects’ tab on the workbook to evidence your project and upload project documents.

For further information see the Green Impact 2017-18 guides which also provides information for how the projects will be scored. For ideas and inspiration have a look at the project case studies which teams did last year.

All teams wishing to complete a project MUST first send the Sustainability Engagement Officer a copy of your completed Project Proposal Plan. This will enable them to aid you with resources, advise you on how to implement your project.

After teams have completed their project they must submit a Project Evaluation form, by uploading it on the Projects Tab.

This year there will be two platinum awards, awarded to-
• The team that runs the best project (judged by a panel)
• The highest scoring team (combining points from the Office/Catering/Residences and points scored through running a project)

What is the special category?
The criteria within the workbook were designed to be applicable to as many departments as possible, so focus on areas such as heating, lighting and travel. However we recognise that many departments have significant environmental impacts outside of the criteria which they are addressing. We chose a number of special awards to recognise the important innovative work departments are implementing to improve their environmental performance, reduce their energy consumption and to celebrate those individuals who are driving those changes. Please use this category to write about all the special achievements your department has been part of. The winners of these categories locally will be entered into the national Green Impact Special Awards which are announced each summer.

How do I access the glossary?
To access the glossary click on any word in green lettering. Alternatively, you can access it by clicking on the ‘open book’ icon found on the top of the criteria pages. The glossary will then pop open in a new tab.

How do I print the workbook?
There is a printer symbol in the right hand corner above the ‘done’ box on each of the criteria pages. Click that symbol and a new tab will open which provides a print preview page. This lists the criteria in a print-friendly format although of course we recommend you only print if absolutely necessary.

What is the comments box for?'
The comments box is there to support the workbook completion and audit process. When auditing the auditors will wish to see evidence for the criteria. The comments box can be used to record information that will make the audit easier by recording where a document is saved for example or by recording who implemented the criteria. This can also support the team in keeping track of what has happened within the team as each comment is threaded showing you who’s left the comment and when.

How do I change my password?
To change your password or any other contact details, click on the profile tab which can be found on the right hand side of the introduction page once you have logged in. You will see that you are then able to enter a new password.

What happens if we don't get a Bronze?
If you are unable to complete all of the Bronze criteria you will receive a Working Towards accreditation. However, if you are able to complete all of the Bronze criteria apart from those which are not applicable to your team you will still receive the Bronze Standard. Some universities and colleges have slightly changed their scoring system. To make sure, please check this with your local Green Impact lead.

Who can help me with completing the workbook?
Anyone within your team can support you to complete the workbook and we would encourage you to get as many people involved as possible. If your colleagues also want access to the workbook, just get them to register, choosing your team from the drop-down menu so they can see the same comments as you. If you have any problems, particularly resource based, please get in touch with your local Green Impact lead. If you have a wider problem, your appointed NUS Green Impact Officer will be happy to help. Please find their details under ‘Contact’ or in the green footer at the bottom of each page.