22 June 2012
Trust Staff Rewarded for Being Green
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has announced
the winners of its inaugural Green Impact Awards at a joint
ceremony with the University of Bristol. The event celebrated the
hard work teams have put into making their departments greener,
recognised individual achievements and shared examples of
innovations and good practice.
The event (held on 21 June) was hosted by Professor Nick Lieven,
pro-vice chancellor of the University, and James Rimmer, chief
operating officer of the Trust and was attended by students and
staff from across the two organisations. Teams were presented with
awards made either from recycled Welsh slate or recycled
windscreens. Twenty two teams from the Trust participated in the
programme, with six teams achieving bronze, four silver and one
gold prize being awarded. Special awards for the additional
actions that teams took included 'innovation' and 'best energy
saving idea' and 'environmental hero'. These teams received an
additional prize of a food hamper.
The Trust is the first NHS organisation to take part in Green
Impact, a programme run by the National Union of Students in over
150 organisations. Dannie Grufferty, vice-president for society and
citizenship at NUS, said: "It's really great to see students being
part of changing working cultures, not just in their unions and
academic institutions, but also in their local communities. The
opportunity presented to students through implementing these
programmes gives them strong employability prospects when they
graduate." As the pilot has been so successful, NUS is now hoping
to roll the programme into other NHS trusts throughout the
Nathalie Delaney, chair of the Trust's Big Green Scheme, which
covers its ongoing environmental strategy and awareness campaign,
said: "Green Impact has had a great first year here at the Trust.
It's been great to grow the work of the Big Green Scheme, be able
to encourage people to get involved and recognise their efforts.
We now have a good foundation upon which to build an even
bigger scheme next year."
For more information, visit www.nus.org.uk/greenimpact
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