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Below you will find information on the Green Impact programme – how it runs, what you need to do and what help is available. If you have any further questions or queries after having read this, or any ideas for how to improve the programme, do get in touch using the contact details available in the green footer at the bottom of each page, or on the Contact page which you can find at the top right of your screen.

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 at least a total of 400 points from all implemented actions (including the Bonus and Special tabs).

What is the special category?
The criteria within the toolkit were designed to be applicable to as many departments as possible, so focuses on areas such as energy, waste, travel, communications, biodiversity and community. However we recognise that many departments have significant sustainability impacts outside of the criteria which they are addressing. We chose a number of special awards to recognise the important innovative work, and to celebrate those individuals who are driving those changes. Please use this category to write about all the special achievements or initiatives your department has been part of. The winners will then be entered into the national Green Impact Special Awards which are announced each summer.

What are the Labs, Catering and Grounds Tabs?
The specialist workplace tabs has been developed to enable teams based in labs, catering or grounds departments to take part in their own part of the programme. If you are not in one of these departments, you do not need to work through these tabs. Feel free to work through the normal Bronze, Silver and Bonus criteria, but also consider the criteria within the specialist tabs if they are relevant for you. The scoring system for each of these tabs is as follows:
- Working Towards: start doing any of the criteria even if it’s only a few;
- Bronze: Complete 12 actions from your specialist tab;
- Silver: Complete 24 actions from your specialist tab;
- Gold: Complete 35 actions from your specialist tab.

I’m having difficulties with the toolkit
There is a user guide which you can refer to here which explains how to manage your personal and team account, access the glossary, make and review comments and evidence, export or print the toolkit and use other features of the software. If you are still having problems with a particular toolkit functionality issue please contact your NUS project officer.

What is the 'Excellence' category?
Teams which have previously scored a Gold award for at least two consecutive years are invited to run an Excellence Project. Teams are expected to complete some basic actions to maintain their sustainability performance (as defined in the Excellence tab) and can complete more if they wish, but they also undertake a larger project of their choice to retain their previous year's award.

The Energy and Environment Team can help develop project ideas but teams are also encouraged to develop their own. These projects are assessed using a project plan, project report and case study submitted at different points across the year through the Green Impact workbook. Projects will be audited by student auditors and teams can work with project assistants to delivery their Excellence work.

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.

Who can help me with completing the toolkit?
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 whose contact details are available in the green footer at the bottom of each page, or on the Contact page which you can find at the top right of your screen.

This year we’re also offering teams the opportunity to gain support from a trained student Project Assistant. They will be recruited in term one of the academic year and provide support to teams between their training and the workbook submission date. Alternatively you can recruit your own Project Assistant and the Green Impact team will facilitate their training. Either way, if you’re interested in working with a Project Assistant, please contact GreenImpact@york.ac.uk.