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This page is about getting involved at Deakin. Join Green Impact to take action on Sustainability at Deakin.

Make your Green Impact!

Green Impact is Deakin University's new change and engagement program for people wanting to make a sustainable difference on campus. Staff located in the same physical space (such as an office, department, floor or building) are invited to create a team and get creative to tackle sustainability issues, compete with other teams across the university, and get rewarded for their achievements. All Green Impact actions link to Deakin’s Sustainability Aspirations & our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals help Deakin work towards Sustainable Campuses. The actions incorporate carbon reduction, water efficiency, engagement activities, skills development and purchasing. Participants take part in Green Impact by completing actions and ticking them off in an online toolkit.

Green Impact engages staff across all Deakin campuses. Fantastic results in 2019 included 450 members in 72 teams delivering an impressive 1600+ sustainable actions across Deakin. These ranged from waste measures to energy and water savings and biodiversity achievements. Actions included regular sustainability communications, bringing biophilia into the workplace and installing compost bins in staff kitchens.

Why get involved?

Why Green Impact?

  • Tried and Tested: Developed in the UK by the National Union of Students (NUS) and first launched at Deakin in 2018, it’s been implemented by over 476 organisations worldwide.
  • Collaborative: The program encourages you to work together with colleagues, share a passion and build a network of ‘change makers'.
  • Fun, flexible and easy: Actions are already mapped out and allow you to do what you can, undertaking actions that are of interest to you or important to your area.
  • Empowering: Actions focus on things that you have control over and challenge you to progress unique or innovative actions. You will be rewarded and recognised for you sustainability efforts.

    Burwood Info Session 1

Green Impact for Staff

What support is available to staff?

  • Danielle Harmshaw is Sustainability Project Officer (Green Impact). Danielle (alongside the Deakin Sustainability Team) is available to help staff and students on their Green Impact journey. She works across all campuses.
  • Your team can choose to have a student project assistant to help your team implement their Green Impact Actions.
  • Student Auditors help to audit all teams’ actions in late September to early October 2020.

You can register a team and sign up to Green Impact here: Register

We recommend all Green Impact Participants attend the Green Impact information Sessions, please register for a session on your campus via the links below.

Sign up to the Green Impact Information sessions (light refreshments provided):

  • Warrnambool, 10:30am, Wednesday the 25th of March sign up here
  • Burwood, 12-1pm, Monday the 30th of March sign up here
  • Waurn Ponds Estate, 12-1pm, Tuesday the 31st of March sign up here
  • Waterfront, 12-1pm, Thursday the 2nd of April sign up here

Please note: if you were part of the Green Impact program in 2020 you are not required to attend the information session. But you are welcome too. You can log your team into the toolkit again from Tuesday the 7th of April and begin the program for 2020. Also, you do not have to attend a session to join Green Impact but it is recommended.

Any further questions please email:

Key Dates:

  • May - Student Green Impact Project Assistant Training
  • April to September: Green Teams undertake Actions
  • Friday 18 September: Toolkit submission deadline
  • Late October Green Impact Auditors on all campuses
  • 26 October: Awards Event
  • November/December: Feedback & Evaluation

For more information about Green Impact or to register email

Green Impact for Students

Become a Green Impact Guardian at Deakin

Green Impact is a sustainability ambassador program, where Deakin staff complete actions to make their workplaces more sustainable.

There are points awarded for each action, and an upcoming celebration event – but first we need student volunteers (Green Impact Guardians) to crosscheck each team’s achievements.

That’s where you come in!

What's involved?

As a Green Impact Guardian, you’ll participate in a half-day of training with Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) before spending the second half of the day putting your auditing skills into practice (1 full day total).

You’ll complete one or more audits to review the actions and evidence logged by each Green Impact team.

Each audit should take around 1 hour depending on the size of the team.

Throughout the day, you’ll learn more about sustainability at Deakin, gain auditing, analytical and professional skills, and meet other students.

What skills do I need?

No technical knowledge is needed! Full training will be provided to fit in with any learning or access requirements. All you need is an interest, enthusiasm and commitment.

What will I get?

You will gain:

  • Auditing, analytical and professional skills
  • An improved understanding of sustainability and behaviour change
  • ISSP approved training with a certificate and reference for your CV
  • Valuable employability skills
  • Workplace experience

Lunch will be provided on the day. After registering please provide any dietary requirements to

Register for your campus Green Impact Guardian training session

If you have any further questions email

Burwood Info Session 2

Green Impact Student Auditors 2018

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