North Bristol NHS Trust gets a green apple for environmental work

Monday, 21 November 2011

North Bristol NHS Trust has won the Green Champion Award for the NHS at the national Green Apple Awards.

The award was presented to the Environmental Management Unit earlier this week at a ceremony at the House of Commons arranged by the Green Organisation, who reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

The award was given for the Trust’s Treading Lightly campaign which promotes environmental initiatives such as recycling, saving energy and reducing carbon footprint at  Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals.

The Treading Lightly team have developed a network of more than 230 Environmental Awareness Reps (or EARs) who pass on information, tips and news to their colleagues on ways to be more environmentally aware at work.

The Trust received a prestigious glass green apple award from Liz Kendall MP at the House of Commons last week.

Director of Facilities Simon Wood and Environment Manager Kate Rowen picked up the award on behalf of the Trust, along with assistant environmental manager Lyn Lawrence and EARs Janne Thorp, Paula Wakeham and Richard Aquilina.

NBT’s Director of Facilities Simon Wood said: “A Green Apple award is a great accolade for North Bristol NHS Trust to receive and the 'Champion' level is the highest level and not given routinely in each award category.

“This has only been achieved because of the work and persistence of our Environmental Team and each one of our 200-plus staff who act voluntarily throughout the Trust as Environmental Awareness Reps every day with support from the environmental team.

“They are all making a real difference to raising environmental awareness of the importance of saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint both at work and in the homes of our staff.

“Our green responsibilities as an organisation, and as individuals, are vital for the sustainability of our local communities and the environment.”

North Bristol NHS Trust will also now be featured in The Green Book, an international work of reference on environment best practice which is published around the world.

The Trust will also be considered to represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment. 

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and are organised by the Green Organisation with judges including the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Institute for Wastes Management.

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Notes to Editors:

Attached picture of North Bristol NHS Trust’s Environmental team picking up the Green Apple award. LtoR: Simon Wood, Lyn Lawrence, Janne Thorp, Paula Wakeham, Richard Aquilina and Kate Rowen.