New green pledges for Sussex Partnership
26 November 2019
By Hayley Carmichael
Sussex Partnership continues on it’s path to reduce its impact on the environment. and staff can support the work to Care Without Carbon through making a pledge to do things differently for a greener NHS. This month new green pledges are launched for staff to choose from.
What are the new green pledges?
You told us that tackling plastic and waste and doing more to encourage greener travel and cleaner, greener spaces at work was something we should focus on, so we have developed some new pledges as part of our ongoing Dare to Care programme in support of our work to deliver Care Without Carbon – our approach to reducing our impact on the environment.
Our new pledges are:
#Oneless piece of single use plastic – stop using at least one item of single use plastic, whether that is a disposable cup or a plastic bag, and replace it with a more sustainable alternative.
Drive down fuel costs – when travelling by car is unavoidable adopt eco-friendly driving techniques to reduce your carbon emissions. Or try out an electric vehicle or hybrid.
Green your workspace – whether it’s a plant indoors, or a clean-up of the landscape at work help to create a greener environment for everyone’s wellbeing. And plants can help capture carbon and other pollutants from our air.
Get on a bike – choose more active travel and feel the mental and physical benefits of zero carbon transport.
In addition to the new dares we still have a range of core dares you can choose from including ‘switch it off’ and ‘meat free Monday’.
How do the pledges support Care Without Carbon?
Care Without Carbon is the Trust’s strategy for creating a greener NHS, and an engagement programme called Dare to Care was created to encourage staff to get involved.
Dare to Care features a range of small pledges, that staff can choose to take, which reduce their impact on the environment, can help to boost wellbeing and also might save money. These three things support what we call the ‘triple bottom line’ of what we are talking about when we say ‘sustainable healthcare’.
How do I make my pledge?
Making your pledge is easy – simply click here, choose which Trust you work for, and select the pledges that matter most to you.
It isn’t cheating if you are already doing the thing you pledge to do because a) you will actually do it and b) we want to know how many people are doing these things so we can work out the big difference it makes when a lot of people are making small changes to how they live.
And don’t worry, once you make your pledge we trust you to do it as best you can, and we don’t get in touch to check up!