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Colleague Action

Join us in practising and promoting sustainability across our campus.

Colleague induction

If you're a new staff member, find out more about sustainability by attending a Staff Welcome Event. The welcome events provide an overview of the University's functions and objectives. They are presented by the Vice-Chancellor or a Pro Vice-Chancellor (in absence of the VC).

Sustainability progress is an integral feature of the presentation at these events. Members of the Sustainability Team attend every staff welcome event to give information to new starters. You can book your place at the Staff Induction Pages (University login required).

For ongoing sustainability news and opportunities, explore our blog and events page, sign up to our newsletter, and keep reading below!

Green Impact

We are thrilled that our first programme of Green Impact has been a success!

Green Impact is a sustainability engagement and action programme for colleagues across the University. It is an award-winning UNESCO program which fosters environmentally and socially sustainable practices within organisations and is run by SOS-UK.

As part of each programme, colleagues sign up to Green Impact and create teams local to their area of work (team, lab, office, etc.). Participants then complete a range of actions in the online toolkit to improve the sustainability of their work area and the University as a whole. Completing these actions earns the team points, and these points then contribute towards Green Impact award levels, offering colleagues the chance to win Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards for Sustainability!

We had an amazing level of engagement with the programme this year and we're happy to announce that a number of teams have won awards!

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Students audit the toolkit submissions, and if you have successfully completed a level of Green Impact, you will be recognised at the Vice Chancellor's Celebrating Success: Environment Awards in the summer of 2024.


Explore the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework for ways to improve the sustainability of your lab.

The online LEAF platform has actions for lab users to complete relating to waste, travel, energy, water and more. Rationale and guidance are available for all actions.
LEAF was developed and is managed by UCL, and Newcastle University is now offering this scheme to our colleagues working in practical spaces.

The framework’s actions are designed for ‘wet labs’, but there are actions that can be completed by other types of laboratory or practical workspace.

Lab Groups work through Bronze, Silver and Gold criteria, only progressing to the next level when they’ve finished the previous level. Lab Group progress will be assessed by the Sustainability Team at regular intervals and certification awarded when levels have been completed.

When you register, you'll create your Lab Group or join an existing Lab Group (contact if you cannot find your work area when you join LEAF). You will also be added to the 'LEAF @ NU' Microsoft Team.

Please read through the detailed LEAF User Guide (Word: 2,458 KB)!

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Lab groups who have achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation are recognised and celebrated each year at the Vice Chancellor's Celebrating Succes: Environment Awards.