You can follow what other Green Impact teams in dentistry and beyond are doing on social media using #GreenImpact. Please share your achievements and use this as a way to connect with others progressing towards a sustainable and just future.

For any support at all, please contact your lead contact, whose details can be found in the footer of this page.

How does the scoring work?
To gain the various award levels you will need to achieve the following:
- Working towards Bronze – just get started and complete at least one action
- Bronze – achieve at least 18 of the 24 bronze actions
- Silver – gain a Bronze award and achieve at least 20 of the 28 silver actions
- Gold – gain a Silver award and achieve at least 30 of the 75 gold actions

When are the audits for accreditation?
We have optional audits for you to take part in to receive accreditation and an award for your Green Impact work. The audits will be carried out by trained students and they will assess your practices against the standards within Green Impact. The dates for this year are;

Toolkit submission: 5th May 2021
Audits: 20th May 2021

Where can I find out more information about the functionality of the toolkit?
There is a user guide which you can view here which explains how to manage your personal and practice account, how to access the glossary, how to make and review comments and evidence, how to export or print the toolkit as well as submitting your toolkit. If you are still having problems with a particular toolkit functionality issue please contact us.

What is the comments box for?
The comments box is there to support the toolkit completion and audit process. When auditing, the auditors will wish to see evidence for the actions. The comments box can be used to record information that will make the audit easier. This can also support the practice in keeping track of what has happened as each comment is threaded showing you who’s left the comment and when. You can also upload documents through this section, if that helps you.

Who can help me with completing the toolkit?
Anyone within the practice can support you to complete the toolkit and we would encourage you to get as many people involved as possible. If your colleagues also want access to the toolkit, just get them to register, choosing your practice from the drop-down menu. There are also some useful resources, such as poster templates and examples of audits, on the Green Impact resource bank.

Other resources and reading
Throughout the toolkit we reference the Sustainable Dentistry Guide, recently published by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change brings together Britain’s major health institutions (including RCGP). Their aim is to encourage better approaches to tackling climate change that protect and promote public health, whilst also reducing the burden on health services.

The Lancet Countdown 2017: Health and Climate Change also provides useful information on The Lancet TV and

Green Impact is run by the NUS’ sustainability team who work to normalise sustainable practices and ensure that all students leave their education with the skills, knowledge, attributes and passion needed to create a sustainable and just future. You can find out more on their website. If you’re interested in hosting a student to help develop your sustainability work, you can offer placements, projects or research topics on NUS’ ‘for Good’ platform.

PHE and NHS England have produced this report: ‘Reducing the use of natural resources in health and social care 2018 report’.

The new NHS Long Term Plan includes reference to the sustainability agenda. This is for the first time and demonstrates a national move towards acknowledging the links between health and climate change.

The Dental Sustnet blog and forum hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare brings together staff, patients and others from dentistry to share ideas and resources for the transformation to a truly sustainable health service. Practices are encouraged to join and to share ideas and innovations for sustainable dentistry including your involvement in Green Impact.