Waitemata DHB leading the way in sustainability in the healthcare sector

25 November 2014

Waitemata District Health Board has collected a second award to recognise its commitment to providing national leadership in environmental sustainability in the healthcare sector.

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) was recently awarded the Leadership in Environmental Sustainability by a Health Sector Organisation Award at the Population Health Congress in Auckland.

The Award recognises organisations operating in the healthcare sector that are showing leadership in integrating carbon reduction and environmental sustainability into policy and practice.

The Award also aims to raise the profile of the importance of environmental sustainability and a stable climate as key determinants of population health.

The Award comes hot on the heels of the Waitemata DHB becoming the first DHB in the country to receive EnviroMark Gold certification.

“Over recent years, we have carefully invested in ensuring the environmental footprint we leave is as small as possible,” says Waitemata DHB Chief Executive Dr Dale Bramley.

“From encouraging our staff to use public transport and cycle to and from work; to recycling as much of our waste as possible; to having sustainability considerations influence the design of our new buildings, we have taken a strategic approach to ensuring our daily operations are low-impact and environmentally responsible.

“It is wonderful to see that the Waitemata DHB team involved in delivering these initiatives are being recognised for their good work because, in many ways, they are pioneers in New Zealand healthcare,” he says.

Waitemata DHB Sustainability Officer Michael Field says:

“It is often forgotten that the best-designed sustainability programmes fail without the support of every member of staff, so this Award very much belongs to them, in recognition of their efforts and commitment to sustainability.”

Congratulations to Waitemata DHB for leading the way in sustainability.