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TropEco Get Involved Green Impact, Staff Sustainability Challenge

Green Impact, Staff Sustainability Challenge

Due to COVID-19, Green Impact @ JCU is currently on hold.

Green Impact @JCU is a fun and engaging staff sustainability program that was introduced at JCU's Cairns and Townsville campuses in 2019. Over 150 staff members competed across 24 teams completing a range of sustainability actions for points.

From making insect hotels, revolutionising tea room recycling systems, organising campus clean ups, and hosting staff stress down days, the 2019 Green Impact teams went above and beyond in their quest to be recognised as JCU's most sustainable team. Find out who won below.

  • Staff form teams of 2 or more people - teams can be made up of people you work with directly or friends / colleagues from other work areas, or even other campuses.
  • Each team chooses a range of sustainability actions they want to achieve throughout the year from an online toolkit, specific to JCU. We will train you on how to use the toolkit before you begin.
  • There are different levels of actions you can take, from small changes to harder activities, and it is completely up to each team to decide what level of accreditation they want to go for.
  • You log your actions using the online toolkit. Your team’s ‘score’ is then automatically updated live through the toolkit and an online scorecard allows you to see how you are travelling compared with the other JCU Green Impact teams – a bit of fun competition!
  • A great part of Green Impact is that it also provides the opportunity for students to engage with staff in a different way. The toolkit gets closed off at a predetermined date later in the year and student auditors are then engaged to audit each staff team. We provide accredited training for the students in this role.
  • Teams will receive support every step of the way and will be recognised for their efforts at an award ceremony later in the year.

Visit the Green Impact @JCU Awards page to find out who won JCU's inaugural Green Impact Challenge!Awards_2019_2Sustainability challengeTownsville2019

Email Kerryn O'Conor, Sustainability Officer at to register your interest or to find out more about the program.

In 2018, TropEco surveyed JCU staff to learn more about their attitudes towards sustainability. They told us that they want to be more sustainable and that they want more opportunities to engage in sustainability at the workplace. Green Impact is an excellent way to make this happen.

Green Impact was originally developed by the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK. It is being delivered in Australia by the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), of which JCU is a founding member. You can go to the ACTS Green Impact website to find out more about the program and how it is being delivered nationally.

The program was first trialled in Australia by the University of Melbourne in 2017, and in 2019, there were 14 universities across Australasia participating in Green Impact.