Change one thing for Climate Week

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NHS Tayside is supporting national Climate Week (March 12 to 18) by promoting its ‘Care to Save’ campaign at awareness stands across Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross - in its bid to reduce its carbon footprint, improve sustainability and meet national environmental targets.

NHS Tayside is working in partnership with the Carbon Trust to meet the Scottish Government target of a 3% year on year fossil fuel reduction and 1% year on year energy reduction by 2015 (Scottish Government HEAT Target).

Last year NHS Tayside spent over £8 million on energy and money saved on energy costs is money that could go towards other healthcare priorities.

Climate Week awareness stands with posters and leaflets will be in Ninewells Hospital, Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre and Perth Royal Infirmary throughout the week to offer support, information and advice on taking positive steps towards doing your bit for the environment.

Climate Week is a national event that offers an annual renewal of ambition and confidence to combat climate change.

Climate Week shines a spotlight on the many positive steps already being taken in workplaces and communities across Britain.

The power of these real, practical examples - the small improvements and the big innovations - will then inspire millions more people to do their bit.

During Climate Week, a spotlight is shone on NHS Tayside’s ‘Care to Save’ campaign which centres around four key green themes - energy, transport, recycling and sustainability. It aims to ensure the message that going green and doing all we can to reduce CO2 emissions is getting across to patients, visitors and staff across NHS Tayside.

NHS Tayside staff are also being encouraged to ‘Change One Thing for Climate Week’ to help reduce the health board’s carbon footprint and lower energy costs.

This could involve things like switching off appliances when not in use, such as computers, photocopiers and printers, increasing what they recycle and by making more use of video/telephone conferencing and car sharing.

NHS Tayside patients, visitors and staff are also being encouraged to participate in ‘Earth Hour’, which takes place on Saturday, March 31 at 8.30 pm.

This is a worldwide campaign where lights are switched off across the globe to signify the commitment of businesses and individuals to a greener planet. For more info go to www.earthhour.org