The resources are there to help you so get involved and inspire yourself.....
Sustainable Office Best Practice Check List
Sustainable Ward/ Department Best Practice Check List
Sustainable Laboratory Best Practice Check List
Waste Bin Directional Signage
CUH campus Waste Holding Bay Reminder Signage
HSE Waste Management Hand book
CUH Campus Waste Bin Placement Guidelines
CUH Waste Office Contacts
Launch Green Advocate Brochure Aug/Sept 2014
Enabling Delivery of Sustainable Healthcare Seminar Presentations
Recommendations to watch NHS and global changes in Healthcare videos
Waste Segregation and Packaging Poster
How does my energy use harm the environment?
About 70% of the electrical energy produced in Ireland comes from the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil, gas and coal. This process releases large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change .In addition; these power plants release air pollutants and other toxic substances. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that electricity production is the largest industrial polluter in our state.
Is global climate change real? Is it caused by human activity?
YES on both counts. In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report showing that global warming and climate change are happening and that they are tied to increased concentrations of greenhouse gases. According to the report, human activities, such as electric power generation and deforestation, are largely responsible. See the reports: http://www.ipcc.ch/
How is Ireland involved?
In 1997 Ireland committed to the Kyoto Protocol which is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It sets internationally binding emission reduction targets.
What is Cork University Hospital campus doing to reduce its energy use and greenhouse gas (ghg)/carbon emissions?
The CEO has formed a Sustainable Environment Steering Group which came up with plans for reducing the hospitals ghg emissions / carbon foot print and managing costs. The plan target is to improve energy efficiency by 33% by 2020 in line with the Governments public sector national target and reduce our waste disposal costs.
What are Cork University Hospital campus plans?
As well as running an awareness campaign, several energy saving initiatives have commenced that will see sensor lighting installed in numerous changing rooms and ancillary areas; the continuation of energy efficiency lighting upgrades around the hospital; installation of pipe lagging and sub metering; and upgrading of ventilation control systems. This process will be ongoing and further initiatives will progressed during 2013 / 2014.
How do I become a Ward/ Department Green Advocate?
Green Advocates usually volunteer or are formally nominated by the Ward/ Department manager. To become your ward/ department’s Green Advocate, first check that nobody else is already doing the job (if so, consider joining them or forming a green team) Then seek the approval of your line manager. Finally, contact or email CUH. SustainableEnv@hse.ie the Sustainable Environment Officer to be added to the database
Want to learn more? There are many great resources available on climate change and the environmental impacts of energy production and use. We have included a few useful websites (please note the links are provided as informational resources only).
Climate Ireland is being designed and developed as part of the EPA-funded 'Climate Information Platform for Ireland' project.
Climate Ireland aims to provide informational support and advice to help organisations, sectors and government to adapt to the now inevitable consequences of climate change.
This work involves:
Enhancing knowledge and raising awareness
The provision of climatic and adaptation information
Facilitating decision-making for adaptation
Presentations from the Sectoral Adaptation Seminar that took place on the 10th June 2014