1.How does it work?
Go Green Champions is an environmental competition. It comprises of a list of criterion outlining actions to reduce your department’s environmental impact. Departments simply work through the list of actions marking those that they meet, and in doing so collect points along the way. 

2.How are the awards calculated?
At the end of the competition, the top three highest scoring teams will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. There will also be an Innovation Award available to encourage departments to think outside the box with their greening efforts, The Go Green Champions Award will go to the department that the Go Green Team believe have gone above and beyond in the campaign.

3.What happens if more than one person signs up from one department?
The action pack will be sent to all the people who have requested to sign up to the competition, and these individuals will be put in touch with each other so they can work together. However, if you are a large department, you may wish to break down into a number of teams. Nothing like encouraging a bit of healthy intra-departmental competition after all...

4.Will all departments be measured the same, regardless or size or staff?
We plan on measuring all departments equally, because most of the criteria are not dependant on staff numbers. However, if you feel that your department would be at a disadvantage, then why not contact a colleague and see if two smaller departments would like working together? This would work particularly well if you share office space or have similar responsibilities. 

5.Is this the same for the schools?
This goes the same for schools and school groups - recognising that the schools are different sizes, we would suggest initially that the school groups work separately to encourage a bit of healthy competition. However if you feel that this won't work for you, please contact us and we can discuss this.

6.When is the sign-up deadline?
We ask that all departments have signed up before
12th May.

7. What is the deadline for completing the action pack?
Each criteria has a different deadline. The first submission will be September, with the final deadline in December 2014. The action packs will then be marked, checked and, in some cases, audited, before the Awards are given out.

8. How much time will we need to complete the action pack?
The action pack shouldn't take up too much of your time. It is designed to be completed by the department, not by an individual so the workload should be shared by a number of people. Almost all of the questions can be answered with a simple Yes / No so it is fairly simple to complete.

9. Will we get any help with completing the action pack?
Yes. There are lots of resources available online and you can contact other Champions for advice (if they are willing to help - it is a competition after all!). And of course, the Go Green Team are   always available to answer your queries, contact them via email on environment@aston.ac.uk.  

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