Hospital Environment Champions

Saving energy in Bath’s Royal United Hospital

9 July 2015

Staff at a hospital in Bath are able to take action to improve the environmental performance of the workplace thanks to an Environment Champions programme. Hospitals are significant users of energy, water and resources. The facilities team at the Royal United Hospital* (RUH) are working to tackle this and engaged CSE to help shape the programme and to design a toolkit to support the Champions.

The resource is designed to support the Champions and enable them to prioritise their activity. CSE is also advising on behaviour change technology that could help engage other hospital staff in the challenge. Project manager Dr Nick Banks has spent some time talking with the team and says that:

“Peer support is vital for behaviour change activities. The Champions should be assigned areas to monitor in pairs, and we propose that the volunteers receive formal training on energy issues and engagement, to help them promote the project internally and support their colleagues in efforts to save energy.” 

Gareth Veal, Compliance and Sustainability Manager at the RUH, agrees and is keen to identify opportunities to save energy. With the Environment Champions programme in place, the facilities team will have eyes and ears all around the hospital, making the task a whole lot easier.

We wish the RUH the best of luck in rolling out its Environmental Champion programme and look forward to exploring how this work may benefit other organisations.

*In full, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH)

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