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.

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