Whole-Campus Behaviour Change: Lessons from a Decade of Green Impact

Quinn Runkle Presenter
Director of Education
Students Organising for Sustainability / NUS UK
Wed, 10/30: 8:30 AM  - 12:00 PM 
Half-Day Workshop 
AM Post-Conference Workshop 
Room: 401A - Campus as a Living Lab Track 
Sustainability professionals know they need to engage their campus communities in sustainability but behavior change continues to be a challenge. Green Impact is a staff engagement and student development program that's been developed in the UK over the last decade. It's been recognized by UNESCO as one of nine education for sustainable development (ESD) global laureate programs and is now being used in Australia, New Zealand and across Europe. This session will share learnings from the Green Impact journey that can be applied on any campus, whether you're starting your behavior change work or want to strengthen your current work. Key questions explored will include: What is the importance of behavior change in the workplace? How can you engage your whole-campus? How can you customize communications to best target different members of staff/parts of your organization? How do social change theories apply within a work environment? How can you communicate with both internal and external stakeholders to build engagement? What tools can be used to monitor and evaluate your impact? What's the business case for engagement and behavior change work?
Charlotte is an accomplished trainer, facilitator and course coordinator. Action-based learning, inquiry-based learning and reflection are at the heart of how she structures workshops. Facilitation exercises are used to identify and develop ideas, synthesize multiple perspectives, reach consensus and understand different perspectives. In this session, collaborative, respectful, productive and inclusive ground rules will be established that encourage participation and empowerment.

Audience Empowerment

The session structure will contain multiple activities and exercises to develop the audience's knowledge and understanding of behavior change, as well as giving them the space to reflect on how this learning can best be adapted to impactful work on their campus. Examples of the activities used include:
- storytelling with peers;
- brainstorming and synthesizing ideas from the 'hive mind';
- stakeholder mapping and analysis;
- visioning;
- 'popcorn' idea sharing.

Primary Topic Area

Campus Engagement & Culture

Secondary Topic Areas

Coordination & Planning
Public Engagement

Session Level

Intermediate Level

Intended Audience

Businesses and Community
Other Staff
Sustainability Staff