Green Impact Award Scheme

External Estates are actively participating in the University’s Green Impact Award Scheme – achieving the Silver in 2009 and Platinum in 2016.  We also received two further awards in 2016 for Best Returner and Community Engagement for our historic garden tours.

"External Estates is the Best Returner of Green Impact 2016 having had the best improvement in workbook points of any team that has taken part before.  Congratulations on winning the Community Action Award for establishing events in collaboration with Bristol Naturalists’ Society, showcasing the, often hidden, flora and fauna around the University estate". Tom Garrood, Sustainability Engagement Manager 2016.

Award Ceremony 2016


Although there is no legal requirement for an environmental policy there is a clear need for our department to indicate its key long term commitments in achieving a sustainable environment, reduce our carbon footprint by improving a number of existing practices and reviewing new initiatives.  As part of this, External Estates submits an annual application to the NUS Green Impact Awards, run by Sustainability. 

Working to the Green Impact framework, the department has implemented changes to everyday operational activities and sought to manage our resources more sustainably. External Estates has also been actively engaging with students and the wider community and showcasing excellence and high environmental standards within our green spaces by submitting an entry to the Green Flag Award.

As part of the Green impact framework External Estates has produced a Green Policy External Estates Green Policy 2017 (PDF, 475kB). The department has also implemented a Travel Plan encouraging sustainable travel to and from the workplace External Estates Travel Policy 2017 (PDF, 326kB)

Management Statement:

"I fully support the External Estates department’s involvement with the Green Impact Award Scheme.  The maintenance of the external University estate deals directly with issues raised by Sustainability.  From building development and our input into BREEAM assessments, through to enhancing biodiversity, waste management and recycling; not only do we have to comply with legislative requirements, but we also have a moral duty to guide and inspire staff, students and visitors to our many, varied, sites and gardens. Involvement in the Green Impact scheme has brought to our attention a number of ways in which our department can reduce its environmental impact.  I know that all External Estates staff are striving to implement changes to working procedures and day to day activities above and beyond their normal duties and I fully support them in their endeavors". Alan Stealey, Head of External Estates

For further information on the Scheme visit the University of Bristol Green Impact webpage