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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 country.

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."

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