Green Impact: team-based sustainability change programme

Green Impact is AUT's sustainability change and engagement programme. It's a fun, free competition where you form teams and complete a range environmental, social and economic areas sustainability actions. Your actions earn you points, and at the end of the competition teams get awards based on the points they've acquired.

It's a flexible programme – you can take part whether you have an hour or just five minutes free a week.

2022 Green Impact programme

Sign up your team to Green Impact to get access to our bespoke toolkit and begin completing actions.

This year some actions relate to the Circular Campus Programme.

This programme offers a number of workshops and webinars around design thinking, circularity and innovation, along with an opportunity to develop an innovative sustainability project that could also be a Green Impact action. Registrations close on 4 March.

Circular Campus Programme website

Benefits of participating

Green Impact will help you develop valuable employability skills and is an excellent asset on your CV. You'll also interact with like-minded people, get access to events – and most importantly, help us to build a better future that is more socially just, environmentally sustainable and economically resilient.

Here's what some participants have learnt from taking part in Green Impact:

  • “I’ve become more aware of more ways to improve my habits and become more sustainably minded.”
  • “How to work as a team effectively and kindly. From working with other groups, I've gained new perspective on how people find creative ways to live in a more sustainable way.”
  • “I have learned how to use campaigns to raise awareness in my peers about how they can help contribute to better sustainability in their daily life.”

Keen to get involved with Green Impact?

If you’d like to be involved in making AUT and our country a more sustainable place, compete with other teams across the University and get recognition for your achievements, we’d like to hear from you.

How many people can be in my team?

The team size is up to you, but you must have more than one member. The usual number is between four and nine – having a smaller team makes it easier to work through the actions.

I don’t have a team. How can I get involved?

Ideally, you would form a new team with your peers. If this is a challenge, send out a call for more teammates ask to join an existing team in our AUT Green Impact Facebook Group or email

How to register your team

To take part, all you have to do is:

  • Create or join a team (email us if you need help)
  • Register your team on the Green Impact website (Enter the registration code '190', and department 'student team')
  • Once you have registered, start to complete actions from the toolkit, ticking them off as done and uploading evidence and comments along the way to track your progress.

You’ll then receive regular themed information on how to tackle sustainability issues.

Using the toolkit

You can find out more about how to use the toolkit.

Using the toolkit and how the scoring system works


An action is a single, small task – you'll find a list of these described in the toolkit (when you register to take part in Green Impact, you get access to the toolkit).

The scoring system: points and certificates

Each action is assigned a points value and a type (bronze, silver or gold). For each action you complete, you collect points. You need to collect a certain number of points to earn a bronze, silver or gold certificate, but you can complete any action types – bronze, silver or gold – to reach the required total of points for that certificate.

For example: to earn a silver certificate, your points must total or exceed 150 – so you could complete 14 bronze actions, 5 silver actions and 2 gold actions to reach 150 points in total.

Points system and certificates

Action type

Action value

Certificates and points

Working towards Bronze (<75 points)


5 points

Bronze certificate (75 points)


10 points

Silver certificate (150 points)


15 points

Gold certificate (185 points)

Need help or more information?

If you have questions or need help, contact us:

Join AUT’s Green Impact group on Facebook

The AUT Green Impact group aims to create a community of like-minded people to share knowledge, ask for suggestions and work together to create a more sustainable future. You don't have to take part in the Green Impact programme to join this group.

Join the AUT Green Impact group

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