NHS Tayside is supporting national Climate Week (1-5 October 2018), an annual Scottish Government campaign to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change.
The aim of Climate Week is to get organisations across Scotland to host events that highlight the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a changing climate.
Several events have been arranged in Ninewells Hospital this week to mark Climate Week.
- Home Energy Scotland has an information stand in the main concourse today (Wednesday) and Thursday between 9am and 4pm to offer advice on how to reduce home energy costs and information on electric bicycles.
- To highlight plastic pollution, visitors and staff at Ninewells Hospital are urged to deposit their single use plastic bottle in the dedicated bin which is on the concourse opposite the main reception today.
- Representatives from waste contractor Biffa will be in the dining room on level 5 on Thursday between 11am and 2pm to provide information and advice on waste segregation and recycling.
- Dr Bike will be in the Ninewells Fresh Air garden between 11am to 3pm on Thursday to offer advice and top tips on bicycle safety and maintenance.
- Volunteers from Ninewells Community Garden will have an information stand in the main concourse on Friday between 11am and 1pm to offer information on the award winning garden and the importance of biodiversity.
Philip Wilde, property environmental quality manager, said, “NHS Tayside is fully committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment and actively seeks the co-operation of its employees in achieving this goal.
“We are an organisation with a strong focus on reducing our carbon footprint, improving sustainability and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
“Participation in Climate Week will be an opportunity to join in celebrating Scotland’s progress towards transitioning to a carbon neutral society.”
It is easy to make small changes to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Energy: Switching off appliances when not in use, such as computers, photocopiers and printers, switching off unnecessary lights or by only boiling a kettle when required.
- Waste: Recycling paper, cardboard, plastics, cans, batteries and by reusing items such as plastic bags.
- Travel: Travelling by public transport, car sharing, cycling or walking.