Sustainable Healthcare Change Programme 2016-201712 October 2017
Cork University Hospital Launches its Sustainable Healthcare change programme 2016-2017
CUH is the only hospital in the world awarded the Green flag by an Taisce and the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) in 2014. This award is in recognition of the commitment of the Executive Management Board in developing CUH as a healthcare facility that delivers high quality care, improved public health and wellbeing without exhausting natural resources or causing ecological damage. Minister Simon Coveney launched the Sustainable Healthcare Change Programme Booklet in CUH on Friday the 29th of September. The booklet maps CUH green campus journey showing the steps required in keeping a campus this size on the right road to sustainability. The progress made in energy waste and water speak for themselves with landfill waste reductions of 205 tonnes energy reductions of 1.85KWh and water down 9500m3. At CUH we have expanded our sustainable healthcare to the local community with Churchfield Community Trust project which grows and delivers food to the catering department. Food is locally grown and procured food is served to both staff and patients. This project provides long term support and training to disadvantaged in the community. The challenge now is for CUH to continually improve on sustainability goals while the hospital activity increases . CUH would like to acknowledge staff for their continued support and committed to the sustainability agenda within the hospital. CUH will be applying for Green Flag re-assessment in 2018 under the following new themes, Water, Bio-diversity, Transport and Evolution of Buildings.