The Severn Deanery is committed to sustainable development and reducing the impact on the environment from its operations and area of responsibility.
- Conserve finite resources such as carbon-embodied energy and products, and water
- Minimise waste by promoting “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
- Develop training in the Severn region to have a sustainable focus
- Increase awareness and generate Deanery-wide ownership through all levels
- Keep it positive
- Keep it team-focused
- Advertise Deanery achievements/challenges – at staff meetings, on the Deanery website and on notice boards
- Produce a monthly Green Gazette
- Make being green easy (remove non-green alternatives)
- Align financial benefits, green initiatives and Deanery “global focus
- Incorporate green agenda into Deanery marketing materials
- Include green information in induction of all new permanent members of staff
- Work with external teams and groups to broaden knowledge base
- Provide leadership and support to Training Programme Directors in
developing sustainable training and practice within their programmes
The Deanery will concentrate on working in five areas:health, energy, waste reduction, purchasing, and transport.
Aim: To promote health and wellbeing to staff, trainees, and Deanery educators.
- Include healthy themes in communication to staff through newsletters, notice boards, and on the website
- Run programmes highlighting environmental issues
- Consider schemes such as NHS forests
- Use sustainability to build and develop teams
- Arrange sustainable fundraising events to support health charities
- Incorporate sustainability into appraisal
- Support prorgammes in developing sustainable training
Aim: To reduce the amount of electricity used in the Deanery and to ensure energy consumed is as renewable as possible.
- 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.
- 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 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 reduce the carbon footprint of energy supplied to the Deanery
Aim: To reduce and recycle as much waste generated by the Deanery as possible.
- Ensure that plastic, tins, cans, aerosols and batteries are recycled.
- Continue to recycle print cartridges via Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal
- 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 and training resources are both manufactured in a sustainable way and are necessary for the running of the Deanery.
- Ensure that the Deanery 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 the Deanery.
- 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 atwww.jimpix.co.uk).
- Make sure that businesses sending post to employees who have left are contacted to amend their distribution lists.
- Ensure that taps/plumbing are not dripping and arranged to get leaks fixed.
Aim: To promote environmentally friendly forms of transport wherever
possible for Deanery employees visitors, and trainees.
- Link meetings that 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 Deanery 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 Deanery employees to use video-conferencing facilities when possible.