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Westminster students and staff volunteer at the Natural History Museum

10 April 2015

Students and staff from the University of Westminster recently volunteered as Green Impact Auditors at the Natural History Museum.

Students and staff recently supported the high profile sustainability initiative, Green Impact, which promotes sustainability.

Volunteers from the University audited the Museum's internal departments to assess whether they were eligible to receive a Green Impact accreditation. Each volunteer auditor was fully trained on how to carry out the audit through a half-day training programme.

The initiative encourages departments to introduce environmentally friendly actions such as only using recycled copier paper or putting awareness stickers next to light switches and electronic devices. Depending on the number of environmental actions carried out, departments can achieve a bronze, silver or gold accreditation.

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation programme run by the National Union of Students to encourage, support and celebrate student unions, universities, colleges and off-campus organisations such as local authorities, fire stations and museums in making environmental improvements.

As well as being an enjoyable day for all, staff and students were given the opportunity to develop their communication and project management skills, improve their attention to detail, and put into practice their leadership and organisational skills.

The University of Westminster is embedding sustainability into all areas of work, including seeking out volunteering opportunities such as this.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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