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The University of Salford toolkit is set up to give departments more flexibility and choice in how they explore and improve sustainability in their workplace. We hope you will find the toolkit easy and clear to use.

How does the scoring work?
Points can be gained by completing actions and/or projects. Each action is allocated either 5, 10 or 15 points depending on their perceived level of difficulty or strategic importance and you can receive a MAXIMUM of 50 points for a project.

To gain the various award levels you will need to achieve the following:
- Working Towards Bronze – have completed any of the actions, even if it’s only a few;
- Bronze – achieve a total of 150 points;
- Silver – achieve a total of 250 points;
- Gold – achieve a total of 375 points;
- Platinum - achieve a total of 500 points.

What is the Getting Started tab?
The Getting Started tab contains actions to help improve your Green Impact experience and get started with the programme.

What is the Office tab?
If you are an office-based team then this is the tab for you! The actions are grouped into themes within the office tab; Energy & Water, Waste & Recycling, Travel, Procurement, Communications, Health & Wellbeing and Charity & Volunteering.
If you take on one of the specialist toolkits and you have an office, you are welcome to do an office-based submission too and aim for two awards, but you will need to set-up a separate profile for each toolkit; contact Neva for more information on how to manage this.

What about the other tabs?
We have 2 specialist tabs this year laboratories and catering. If you work in any of these specialist areas, please implement actions in your relevant tab; the scoring system is the same as above. If you have an office in your department, you are welcome to complete the office workbook also, then you will gain both respective awards.

What is the projects tab?
Any teams, office-based or otherwise, are welcome to undertake one or more projects. Projects allow teams to go beyond the standard toolkit actions and work creatively on more in-depth sustainability initiatives. Teams can receive a MAXIMUM of 50 points for a project, based on the scoring criteria described in the briefing document.

If your team want to work on a project/s as part of your Green Impact submission, you are required to complete a Project Plan which needs to be submitted to Neva Mowl for approval and once you have completed the project you will need to fill out a Green Impact Project Case Study.

If you have already started working on something that you think could be put forward as a project, then get in touch and we can discuss if it can be submitted as part of your Green Impact toolkit.

If you decide to undertake a project or want to find out more, please ensure that you read the briefing document as this details the process for completing a project.

What is the Special tab?
The actions within the toolkit were designed to be applicable to as many departments as possible. However, we recognise that many departments have significant environmental impacts outside of the actions which they are addressing. We have chosen a number of special awards to recognise and reward the important innovative work that teams are implementing and to celebrate those individuals who are driving change and going beyond the standard actions. The winners of these categories locally will be entered into the national Green Impact Special Awards which are announced each Autumn. You are able to make one submission per category and your team will score 5 points for each submission made.

Where can I find out more information about the functionality of the toolkit?
There is a user guide which you can view on the resource bank which explains how to manage your personal and team 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 Rachel Soper.

Who can help me with completing the toolkit?
Anyone within your team 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 team from the drop-down menu. If you have any problems, particularly resource based, please get in touch with your local Green Impact lead Neva Mowl. If you have a wider problem, Rachel Soper from SOS-UK will be happy to help. There are also some useful resources, such as poster templates and examples of audits, on the Green Impact resource bank.

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 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.

Can we use evidence from last year’s toolkit?
Some actions will require you to do something again, for example refreshing posters or sending out communications again to remind people of something, so will require new evidence to be uploaded. However, you can transfer evidence from last year’s toolkit for some actions; see the user guide for information on how to do this.