‘’’How does the scoring work?’’’
To gain the various award levels you will need to achieve the following:
Working Towards – start doing any of the criteria even if it’s only a few;
Bronze – complete all the Bronze Criteria;
Silver – complete all Bronze and Silver Criteria;
Gold – complete all Bronze and Silver Criteria and achieve a minimum of 500 points overall.

What is new about the workbook this year?
NUS has implemented a number of changes to the workbook, in response to feedback from participants:
1) You can now see who else has signed up to your team, as well as viewing a summary of your workbook activity. Look for these tabs on the right of the Welcome page, after you've signed in.
2) The criteria are now grouped into categories. To view the criteria in each category, simply click "Show All" next to each heading.
3) You can also upload .doc or .xls files, either to use as evidence during the audits or to share with your team members. Do this by clicking "upload a file" on the Comments tab of each criteria.

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.