Robert Vincente web.jpgWith over 10,000 staff at UCLH, small changes have the power to make a big difference in tackling climate change. In a recent staff survey, 95 per cent of respondents described climate action as either very important or vital, showing that our staff have a strong desire to play their part in making change happen. 

UCLH staff members can join the UCLH Green Rewards scheme. This allows staff to record their green activities such as reusing and recycling, walking rather than driving, and helping others to work more sustainably. 

UCLH staff can access the WARP It (Waste Action Reuse Portal) programme – a free and easy-to-use platform for staff to give away unwanted items which other departments can make use of. 

Conversely, if there is something staff are looking to purchase for their department, WARP It can be used to find a useful item that may otherwise have been destined for landfill.

Don't buy it or bin it - WARP it!

With support from Global Action Plan and Camden Council, UCLH is working to improve air quality by holding workshops with staff to promote green travel, such as using public transport; and walking or cycling rather than driving.

Our suppliers are also beginning the transition to electric vehicles.

UCLH has made the greener search engine, Ecosia, the default internet search engine on its computers.

80 per cent of the profit that Ecosia makes from advertising revenue is used to plant trees where they are needed most. On average, one tree is planted for every 45 searches made. To date, Ecosia has planted over 140,000,000 trees worldwide, and is also supporting the development of the NHS Forest.

UCLH collects a monthly total of the equivalent number of trees Ecosia has planted on its behalf, so staff are able to see the progress being made.

“It’s a small change that requires very little effort, but can make a big difference over time”, said Luke O’Shea, UCLH’s Director of Innovation. “It is fantastic to see the difference we are making just by doing something a little bit differently.” 

The Healthcare Arts Collective is a group of healthcare workers united by their concerns about the climate emergency. The group worked with the UCLH Arts and Heritage team to co-curate an exhibition and organise events on the theme of ‘Health and the Climate and Ecological Emergency’. The exhibition was designed to provide an opportunity to reflect, create and share potential solutions.

The exhibition, which coincided with UCLH declaring a climate and health emergency, was themed around the role of healthcare in the planetary crisis. It attracted artists on an international scale, with 150 submissions in a wide range of media. 

The works of UK artists were exhibited within University College Hospital, with international artists featured on an online exhibition page. As well as the exhibition, UCLH hosted a series of five events, with topics including environmental sustainability in the NHS, the law on the health impacts of air pollution and climate change, and sustainability in the arts (in partnership with Great Ormond St Hospital arts team). 

‘When we were approached by the Healthcare Arts Collective, it felt like an opportune moment. We were keen to use our exhibition space to highlight, provoke conversation and hopefully inspire action around the climate and ecological emergency, so working with the HAC provided an ideal partnership” said UCLH assistant arts curator, Laura Bradshaw.

“The response to our exhibition call-out was fantastic and the resulting exhibition offered really creative and varied takes on the theme. Hosting the event series was an excellent addition to the programme and became a space for those with an interest in the subject to come together.”

View the artworks.

UCLH's network of sustainability champions share our passion to be a more sustainable healthcare organisation. Their role is to help other colleagues adopt more environmentally sustainable practices both at work and at home. 

UCLH sustainability champions:

are a ‘port of call’ on sustainability in their department

support colleagues to learn about the sustainability agenda, our green plan and other environmental policies

identify potential improvements which would result in more sustainable practice, either locally or trust wide

exchange ideas, updates, resources and support with other champions

promote sustainability initiatives and general awareness at UCLH.

Sustainability champions meet regularly to hear updates from the sustainability team, learn more about priority projects and share best practice. As of March 2022, there were 152 sustainability champions across UCLH: we are aiming to have one champion in every department.