The award winning National Union of Students Green Impact scheme widely used in Colleges and Universities to drive action on sustainability both on and off campus is for the first time being provided by a local authority for use by businesses in Winchester.

The green scheme was launched at the September Sustainable Business Network meeting. It has been well-received by local businesses with several already enthusiastic about taking part.

The Green Impact scheme for Winchester, which is free to businesses in the Winchester area, is being delivered by Winchester City Council and Department for Sustainability at the National Union of Students (NUS). 

The new sustainability, awareness and engagement scheme aims to help businesses reduce costs and carbon emissions, improve social inclusion and wellbeing as well as enhancing their reputation. The scheme takes businesses through a step by step process of improvements, awarding bronze, silver and gold levels to organisations who take part, involving students in the assessment process.

The NUS scheme recently received a UNESCO award for for education for sustainable development. After running for ten years Green Impact has helped hundreds of students’ unions improve their own sustainability practices, and taken this transformational behaviour change framework into organisations right across society.

Businesses interested in signing up to the Green Impact Winchester scheme should visit www.greenimpact.org.uk/wcc or email ecodev@winchester.gov.uk