Severn Postgraduate Medical Education is committed to sustainable development and reducing the impact on the environment from its operations.

Its aims are to:

  • Conserve energy and water
  • Minimise waste by introducing “re-using” and recycling methods
  • Set and review targets to reduce the Deanery’s environmental impact
  • Communicate and implement this policy to all Deanery employees
  • Promote individual employee responsibility for implementing this policy
  • Encourage employees to develop new ideas and initiatives to support it
  • Achieve demonstrable savings in terms financial and environmental costs
  • Provide appropriate resources to meet the commitments of this policy
  • Make this policy available to interested parties

Implementation Team - Goals

In order to launch this policy we need an energetic, willing and dedicated commitment from all Severn Postgraduate Medical Education staff.

Severn will concentrate on working in five areas: paper, energy and water, recycling, purchasing and transport.


Aim:  To reduce the amount of paper used in Deanery House and increase the amount of paper recycling.


  • Encourage employees to print less. Ensure that all printers print double-sided.
  • Encourage all staff to recycle waste paper and cardboard in appropriate bins.
  • Encourage employees to send e-cards instead of paper cards (free E-cards: are available at
  • Make sure that businesses sending post to employees who have left are contacted to amend their distribution lists.

Energy and Water

Aim: To reduce the amount of energy (electricity, water and gas) used in Severn.


  • Increase employee awareness and commitment to energy saving practices at their desk e.g. by shutting down computers and other powered equipment when they are out of use - especially at the end of the working day. The Environmental Awareness Representative to be responsible for reminding colleagues to do this at regular intervals.
  • Check the building thermostats and ensure that all heating and air conditioning is necessary.
  • Check if appliances are on “standby” unnecessarily, make employees aware and take action.
  • Encourage employees to switch off lights when rooms are not in use and sunlight is at high levels.
  • Ensure that taps/plumbing are not dripping and arranged to get leaks fixed.
  • Install signs as reminders not to leave lights on or taps running.
  • Ensure that mobile phone chargers are unplugged when they are out of use.
  • Ensure that photocopiers are on timers to be on during the day during the working week only.
  • Monitor employee work areas to ensure that they are putting energy saving practices in place.


Aim: To recycle non-paper waste generated by Deanery House.


  • Ensure that plastic, tins, cans, aerosols and batteries are recycled.
  • Continue to recycle print cartridges via
  • Run regular stationery “amnesties”, where staff empty their desks/working areas of unwanted office supplies, to be put back in the stationery cupboards.
  • Ensure that cupboards containing used/available stationery products (e.g. files) are sorted, clearly labelled and made known to employees, to encourage products to be reused.
  • Check bins to make sure that all products that should be recycled are being recycled!


Aim: To ensure that office supplies purchased are both manufactured in a sustainable way and are necessary for the running of the office.


  • Ensure that Severn Postgraduate Medical Education uses recycled and recyclable paper products wherever possible. Consider buying paper products (especially photocopier/printer paper) with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo.
  • Acquire energy efficient electrical goods with A energy efficient ratings.
  • Buy light bulbs with the highest energy efficiency ratings and ensure that environmentally friendly products are purchased by any supplier to Deanery House.


Aim: To promote environmentally friendly forms of transport wherever possible for Severn Postgraduate Medical Education employees.


  • Link meetings which are out of the local area, to avoid travelling longer distances multiple times.
  • Where practical, keep promoting the use of trains before using cars for business meetings out of the area.
  • Encourage employees to share their commute with someone else who lives locally or if they are attending the same meeting.
  • Encourage Severn employees to locate external meetings at venues which are readily accessible to public transport.
  • Encourage visitors to use trains to come to meetings e.g. by providing them with rail information.
  • Encourage Severn employees to use video-conferencing facilities when possible.