Samantha Smith, an Estates and Facilities Administrator in Speke, is also an Environmental Sustainability Champion and writes about why she’s passionate about recycling.
As our population grows the impact on our environment becomes greater. 7.6 billion humans inhabit this planet. That’s 7.6 billion people who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered and kept warm. We consume vast amounts of natural resources, whilst producing vast quantities of waste. Our numbers continue to grow, so it is important that we take a stand, to look after and take care of the planet that we live on.
Environmental issues have always been of interest to me, so when I became an Environmental Sustainability Champion for NHSBT, it was a great opportunity for me to look into how we do things in the building which we work in and how we can improve environmentally.
Since becoming a Champion, I have been proactive in helping people to be aware of turning lights off when rooms are not in use. I have also questioned the use of polystyrene cups, as they are mostly single use and cannot be recycled. With that, I am also exploring the possibility of a site visit to our waste facility, to better understand the recycling process and maybe gather further information on what we can do better.
If everyone in NHSBT were to become proactive in the workplace, it would mean a reduction in the building’s energy usage and waste. This would help bring down the running costs of the building, not only saving money for NHSBT, but you will also be doing your bit to save the planet.
We can all make small changes both in the workplace and at home, so here are some easy and simple things everyone can do to reduce their impact on the environment:
- Turn everything off at the end of the day – I assume that everyone shuts down their computers at the end of the day, but what about printers, or coffee machines and radio?
- Lighting – did you know that 30% of a business’ utility spend is on lighting? If possible, make use of natural lighting.
- Think before you print – not only will you be saving energy but also paper and ink.
- Mode of transport – try cycling to work in the summer if you live locally, or hitching a ride from a colleague who lives nearby: if it’s easy, catch the bus or train.
- Reduce coffee cup usage – the UK uses 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups each year, most being non-recyclable. To buy a reusable coffee cup would significantly drop this figure and save you and your workplace money.
- Reusable water bottle – approximately 13 billion plastic bottles are used in the UK each year.
The good news is that everyone can affect their environment positively. If we all made more conscious decisions to reduce personal waste and think about the impact that our every action has on the world around us, then change is within reach.
Reduce, re-use, recyle. To find out more about Environmental Sustainability Champions, please contact Neil Powell.