Experience as Sustainability Project Assistant by Jess Naylor

Experience as Sustainability Project Assistant by Jess Naylor

The Brief    

Entering our sixth year of Green Impact at the University of Sheffield, we had 54 departments signed up and ready to create positive environmental change! Facilitating the programme involved recruiting new departments to join in with the scheme and supporting staff and student volunteers over the 9 month period. Outside of Green Impact, sustainability has been embedded into education, with an 8 week sustainability lecture series and a ‘Green Challenge’ project for Management School students.

The Partnership  

Two training sessions at the NUS offices in London provided invaluable advice on how to run the Green Impact programme. Change Agents UK delivered an informative Project Management workshop a well as providing loads of useful resources on the Change Agents Academy.

Key Responsibilities  

My main responsibilities have included engaging and supporting staff and students in environmental best practice. This has included a large focus on communications such as content creation for the Green Impact website and social media. Recruiting and supporting student volunteers has been central to the role as well as delivering workshops and training sessions to both staff and students. I have also been involved in events organisation, delivering the awards ceremony for our 200 team members!

Opportunity / Benefits  

Networking with other SBAs at training sessions, conference calls and at the NUS Sustainability Round table was a great way to share ideas and it has been great to work with a range of stakeholders from the University. I also undertook the City & Guilds Professional Development Award offered by Change Agents. 

The Results

We completed 2432 greening actions across the University as a result of Green Impact and 63 eager teams are signed up ready to go for 2015/16!

Published January 2016. 


Jess has impressed all who she has come into contact with. She has been hugely successful in delivering Green Impact and encouraging pro-environmental behaviour change across the University of Sheffield.
Jess's Line Manager