Green Impact is a free way for Island businesses to improve their environmental performance and social responsibility, using an online tool. The Green Impact toolkit helps organisations take simple actions to become more eco-friendly, ethical and environmentally aware. It can also help save on costs.
Green Impact ran for two years before COVID, which was an award-winning success. The outcome of the last year’s audits was three organisations achieving gold awards, four achieving silver awards and one achieving a bronze award. 21 companies also achieved participation awards. We calculate that this saved an estimated 7,642 kilograms of carbon dioxide, as well as directly saving money on companies’ operational costs.
Watch our short re-launch video featuring Councillor Julie Jones-Evans and Jo Randall (previous Green Impact Gold Award winner and proprietor of Love Running in Newport).
Businesses who previously signed up can sign-in using your previous credentials.
Any new Island business can register at Green Impact.
Registering doesn’t commit a business to taking part in the scheme, so they can just sign up and see what the criteria are like. The Students in Sustainability (SOS-UK) team might get in touch to see if any help is needed. Once a business is registered, they have access to a full user guide and a ‘how to’ video to find out how to get started with the online toolkit system. This is a dedicated toolkit designed for businesses across the Isle of Wight. Businesses will choose the actions that suit their business best and, by completing these actions, will gain points. The points then add up to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Our staff can help businesses work through the toolkit via the LoCASE (Low Carbon Across the South and East) project. The project provides environmental training for businesses and funds our staff time to help with Green Impact activity. For example, we could help you identify your initial actions, find any resources you might need and check back with you every few months to see how things are going. If anything is identified through Green Impact that needs investment, such as solar panels, marketing of environmental services or help with new green products, businesses may be eligible to apply to LoCASE for grants up to £10,000.
Find out more about LoCASE or use our contact form for help.
If a business needs quick access support or information that is not covered within the toolkit pages, they will have a dedicated Project Manager from SOS-UK available to help. The deadline for submitting all Green Impact actions this year is 4 November, after which businesses will be audited.
We'll be celebrating everyone's achievements at an awards ceremony at the beginning of next year.