On 9th January, Bournemouth University became the fourth university to launch JUMP, an award-winning engagement programme encouraging employees to take small, simple steps at work to reduce their environmental footprint.
Green Rewards, the company behind JUMP, will be working closely with the University on a pilot programme to engage employees in sustainability and wellbeing activities through an online platform and app, rewarding individuals with points and prizes.
Members of JUMP will earn points for taking part in a range of activities under five themes: sustainable travel, resources, energy saving, health & wellbeing and positive actions.
Every month, the individuals with the most points will be awarded with a prize from a choice of vouchers and university based rewards such as a one month gym pass and free bike loan, as well as being entered into a monthly raffle for sustainable products such as reusable coffee cups.
Employees will also be competing as teams to earn the most points and win £100 to benefit their favourite local charity.
Employee wellbeing is being addressed by the programme by encouraging individuals to sign up for group exercise classes and report their weekly exercise, which in the long-term has been shown to boost productivity and decrease numbers of sick-days.
Dr Neil Smith, Sustainability Manager at Bournemouth University, says: “Sustainability is something we’ve been working on for over a decade here at Bournemouth University, so I’m really excited about the launch of JUMP which will help drive more environmentally friendly behaviour from the ground up.”
More and more universities are starting to see the benefits of sustainability engagement programmes, not only in terms of environmental impact but also impact on operational costs, supporting learning, and promoting behaviour-change - Graham Simmonds, Managing Director at Green Reward
Graham Simmonds, Managing Director at Green Rewards, was thrilled to launch JUMP at Bournemouth University, saying: “More and more universities are starting to see the benefits of sustainability engagement programmes, not only in terms of environmental impact but also impact on operational costs, supporting learning, and promoting behaviour-change”.