Sustaining success - UCLH does it again! 

19/03/2012 00:00 

UCLH has won acclaim for leading the way in combating climate change. 

Trevor Payne, UCLH Director of Estates and Facilities, collecting the award

As part of Climate Week 2012, the Trust has won a national award for its ambitious efforts towards making Britain more sustainable and low carbon.
By celebrating the very best innovations, practices and leadership, the awards aim to inspire more people and organisations to take crucial steps for tackling climate change.
The diverse panel of judges included the Bishop of London, executive director of Tesco, former CEO of Greenpeace International, a former secretary of state for the environment and chief scientists from DEFRA and the Met Office.
Trevor Payne, UCLH Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “It’s great that UCLH is being recognised for its efforts and hard work with respect to initiatives and actions to deliver more sustainable healthcare. We have developed initiatives that are right for us and for the wider NHS. Clearly there is more that we can do and to date we have had great support from the whole of UCLH on this agenda.”
Before the awards ceremony, held at Lancaster House, Trevor was invited to an informal meeting at the House of Commons to present the key aspects of the Trust’s sustainability achievements with members of the Environmental Audit Commons Select Committee.
The work of the Trust’s estates and facilities team – spearheaded by Trevor – led to a new carbon management plan and a 14% cut in the carbon footprint at UCLH last year. At a local level, more than 70 carbon champions were recruited.
On a national level the plethora of initiatives developed at UCLH include the development of the first NHS sustainability day on the 28th March 2012, an NHS sustainability portal which offers practical advice, case studies and information on the latest sustainable technology in collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
The UCLH team also created an eBay-style system, called NHS Reuse,  where NHS Trusts can exchange and, therefore “recycle” equipment and furniture.

UCLH was up against RAF Northolt, an eco fire station in Lincolnshire and a low carbon community NHS Trust in the final shortlist category.


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