Green Campus

CHI working towards a truly GREEN CAMPUS

The CHI vision for a GREEN CAMPUS is based on and supported by the following premises;

  • Children are at particularly high risk from climate change, due to their developmental susceptibility and long term exposure to climate change
  • Our children want us to be sustainable. This has been illustrated in recent mass School Strikes and CHI needs to support this global and local advocacy movement
  • Providing high quality healthcare has an impact on the environment and there is a strong correlation between environmental pollution and population health
  • As a healthcare organisation we need to be a health promoting business and therefore concerned about environmental sustainability
  • Healthcare campuses are part of the local community and can benefit the health and wellbeing of the surrounding localities
  • CHI can improve both employee and patient engagement and experience through sustainability
  • When CHI reduce our environmental impact we can re-invest savings into clinical activity to provide better services for patients

 In this regard CHI has established a sustainability workstream led by a GREEN CAMPUS Steering Group, in partnership with local CHI hospital based GREEN CAMPUS Working Group.

The CHI GREEN CAMPUS Steering Group which has expert representation from all CHI locations aims to review, consolidate and drive the actions that CHI hospitals are already taking to reduce their environmental impact across the five commonly held categories as below and to pursue the vision for a truly GREEN CAMPUS.

Examples of environmental impact reduction actions that CHI hospitals have already taken are as follows; 

  • Energy audit of sites completed
  • Annual measurements of fuel consumption conducted and results down reductions
  • Upgrades of standards fluorescent lamps to LED
  • Linkages with CTC (Clean Technology Centre) an EPA funded waste management initiative which provides assistance including waste reports, waste characterisation, training and assists to improve segregation practices within all the waste streams
  • Increase in clinical waste that is heat treated delivers reduction in waste going into landfill
  • Significant decrease in cost of skip waste disposal
  • Energy consumption attributed to Natural Gas  which is used to provide heat, hot water and steam has increased
  • Development of mobility management plans with targets relating to a reduction in car dependency, cycling, walking and use of public transport.
  • Operation of Cycle to Work and TaxSaver Incentive Schemes for staff
  • Move to ensure that all single use coffee cups, lids and plates are now compostable and segregated from standard recycling waste
  • Move to ensure that public and staff canteen no longer displays disposable cups, lids and plates in close proximity to server area
  • On-going internal/ staff aware campaigns with clever messaging to drive down printing and light usage and encourage usage of keep cups and walking and cycling to work or using public transport

Consultation with YAC (Youth Advisory Council)

 The CHI Green Campus Steering Group has also met with and taken advice from YAC on CHI might become more ‘GREEN’. YAC has advised that CHI should

  • Encourage reusable water bottle for patients
  • Mimic ‘Green Committee’ initiatives in schools
  • Reduce food waste through service trolleys at wards
  • Support video conferencing instead of travelling for appointments, and reducing paper

Further efforts to deliver on the CHI GREEN CAMPUS  

  • In September 2019, CHI became a member of GGHH (Global Green and Healthy Hospitals) community which uses innovation, ingenuity, and investment to transform the health sector and foster a healthy future for people and the planet. CHI looks forward to engaging with and learning from the numerous stakeholders, sharing experiences and moving forward to reduce our combined environmental footprint. CHI IS also working to ensure that CHI objectives for a Green Campus align to GGHH sustainability goals

Please see https://www.greenhospitals.net/ for more

  • CHI is aiming to obtain a Green Flag by 2021 and achieve BREEAM Operational Excellence when the new children’s hospital opens in 2017

What can you do to put your stamp on our GREEN CAMPUS?

  • Think about what GREEN related actions you can take
  • Reach out to your local GREEN CAMPUS Working Group and help them in achieving their objectives
  • Spread the GREEN CAMPUS message
  • In delivering on the CHI Green Campus vision, CHI will continue to
    • Facilitate information exchange and the sharing of best sustainability practices across all CHI locations and via internal staff communications campaigns
    • Provide technical support to our locations to help them adopt more sustainable practices
    • Aggregate information regarding the progress towards the GGHH agenda goals
    • Publicise the progress that CHI locations make and the outcomes our locations achieve in their bid to green their operating practices

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RESOURCES

News Story - Irish children strike a climate blow (02/03/19)

This is Ireland (Irish Biodiversity Video)

Young Friends of the Earth Ireland – There is no Planet B (with video) 22/01/19 | Sign the Petition

Government Agencies to Ban Single use plastics (04/01/19)

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