Sligo University Hospital in conjunction with the Institute of Technology Sligo and the National Health Sustainability Office held a Sustainability Seminar in Sligo recently which was open to all interested organisations and individuals.
Sligo University Hospital registered to join the An Taisce Green Campus Programme in early December, becoming only the second hospital campus nationally to register for the programme after Cork University Hospital. Affiliated with NUI Galway, Sligo University Hospital similar to other hospitals in the Saolta University Healthcare Group features a medical academy on site. A Green Campus Committee of staff and students has been established on site to progress initiatives relevant to the programme. The programme primarily aims to ensure that members of a campus community can engage in a meaningful way to enhance sustainability on their campus.
Exhibitors who showcased stands during the day were, IT Sligo Green Team & Environmental Researchers, SUH Green (Campus Flag) Team, National Health Sustainability Hospital, Green Healthcare Programme, OPW Optimising Power @ Work, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI), South West College (CREST), Kingspan Group, Manutec Ltd, Chain Driven Cycles Ltd, Calor Gas and Nissan Ireland and the speakers included Jim Murphy, National Lead, National Health Sustainability Office (NHSO), Deirdre O’Carroll, An Taisce, Aoife O’Connell, Cork University Hospital, Michelle O’Dowd Lohan, National University of Ireland, CEF Ireland and Mary Daly, Estates Manager, IT Letterkenny.
Domhnall McLoughlin, Deputy General Manager, Sligo University Hospital said, “The seminar represented a forum for 120 attendees to increase their knowledge in relation to sustainability development and also to share learning and good practice from other organisations . It was also an opportunity for the Institute of Technology and Sligo University Hospital to collaborate and work together and build relationships for future collaborations between the organisations.”
Dr. John Bartlett, Head of Research at the Institute of Technology, Sligo said, “This seminar would not have taken place a few years ago and reflects the increasing awareness of sustainability in organisations and the wider community. The momentum is there now and we must all grasp it.”