We’re celebrating NHS Sustainability Day 2020
05 February 2020
By Hayley Carmichael
NHS Sustainability Day is on 19th March 2020. The Care Without Carbon team have asked Trusts across the South East to ‘green their work-spaces’; inviting staff to get involved in three different ways.
NHS Sustainability Day is March 19th
This year, we are celebrating it with Trusts across our region to promote and encourage the use of green spaces and greenery within our healthcare sites aiming to improve health and wellbeing of staff and patients. This action forms part of our ongoing work to deliver Care Without Carbon.
How can I get involved?
We have three easy ways to get involved in NHS Sustainability Day celebrations:
- Help to look after a green space on your site, this could be a team litter pick,weeding session, or sourcing some plants to pretty up an unloved outside area. You could even go bigger and aim for a table and chairs to make a space usable for breaks in the fresh air, or outdoor meetings. If you start in February you could have a ‘launch’ of your lovely outside space on March 19th!
- Promote the introduction of more plants in indoor spaces where this is possible, bring one in and ask colleagues to do the same.
- Organise a seedling swap, to take a bit of green home with you. Book a room, and promote to colleagues on site, inviting them to bring in seedlings or cuttings from home to share. Toilet roll tubes wrapped in newspaper and Vegware coffee cups make great compostable plant pots.
Remember to do these things too!
We would love to hear about your green space projects. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know:
- Where you are based
- Who is involved from your team, or if it’s an individual effort
- What you are doing
- Whether you need some support to make it happen
We’ll try and make it along to some of your green spaces that ‘launch’ on the 19th March too!
Use the hashtag #dayforaction if you use Twitter and share photos of your green initiatives, and tweet on March 19th.
Lastly, please take our ‘green your workspace’ pledge here so we can see how many people get involved.
Why is this for NHS Sustainability Day?
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has a whole programme of work dedicated to promoting the use of green spaces for health, both physical and mental. The value is both in prevention and treatment.
Studies have shown that having access to, or even looking out at green spaces can aid the recovery process and improve wellbeing. And having plants indoors can help mitigate the impact of indoor air pollution, with benefits including:
- Enjoying a boost in mood, productivity, concentration and creativity
- Feeling a reduction in stress and fatigue and a boost in wellbeing.
- Breathing cleaner indoor air as plants absorb toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen
- Benefitting from a nicer work space, as they give privacy and reduce noise levels