NHS Tayside is supporting national Climate Week (7-13 October), 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 to mark Climate Week.
- Home Energy Scotland hosted an information stand on the Ninewells concourse on Tuesday and Wednesday and will return on Friday between 9.30am and 3pm to offer advice on how to reduce home energy costs and information on electric bicycles
- Representatives from waste contractor Biffa were in the Food @ Five dining room today providing information and advice on waste segregation and recycling
- Dr Bike visited Ninewells on Tuesday to do bike checks and offer advice and top tips on bicycle safety and maintenance
Philip Wilde, property environmental and 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. Participation in Climate Week will be an opportunity to join in celebrating Scotland’s progress towards transitioning to a carbon neutral society.
“We are an organisation with a strong focus on reducing our carbon footprint, improving sustainability and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.”
One example of an area which has stepped up its focus on greener solutions is the catering department. During the last year, the department has introduced compostable cutlery, asked customers to bring in their own containers to purchase take-away salads, and introduced reusable cups for sale at all major catering locations along with a hot drink loyalty scheme for customers who use reusable cups.
NHS Tayside retail catering manager David Bayne said, “We have carried out extensive engagement to get views on how to shape the service for the future and one of the things customers asked for is more environmentally friendly alternatives. Our target is to completely remove single use items by 2020/21. As a catering service we want to make greener choices and we thank our customers for their support.”
It is easy to make small changes to reduce your carbon footprint and become greener.
- Energy: Switch off appliances when not in use, such as computers, photocopiers and printers, switch off unnecessary lights or only boil a kettle when required.
- Waste: Recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, cans, batteries and reuse items such as plastic bags. Be mindful of the grab and go culture and instead bring your own reusable cups, containers and carrier bags.
- Travel: Travel by public transport, car share, cycle or walk.