Jo manages the UNESCO Award-winning Green Impact programme through the UK’s National Union of Students. Working with staff and students to constantly evolve the programme across existing and new educational and community partnerships, it now reaches almost 200 organisations and engages over 35,000 people to take 2 million positive actions on sustainability each year. Jo heads up the team that delivers Green Impact in line with NUS’s wider strategy and aims for students’ unions to become hubs for sustainability within their institutions and communities.
Her behaviour change work has also led her to head up the NUS’s new partnership with the UK Fairtrade Foundation to create a new standard for universities and colleges on ethical procurement and Fairtrade, as well as helping to develop a gamified partnership project to get more staff and students cycling. Before joining NUS in 2011, Jo spent 3 years leading the education sector work at Change Agents UK. She recently took a year out from NUS’s sustainability work to deliver the national engagement project ‘Discovering Britain’ at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), where she devised, trialled and published geographical walks across the UK.
From her base in Lincolnshire, Jo chairs her local Fair Trade campaign group, and has set up and manages a real Junk Food Project pay-as-you-feel community café. In her spare time she enjoys a good pub quiz, camping and walking with her dog, and always has a renovation project on the go.