A greener future

The launch of ‘For a greener NHS’ programme acknowledged that climate change poses a major threat to our health as well as our planet. The Trust has already started its own programme to ensure our new services and facilities are as sustainable as possible.

The full planning application for our new inpatient facility at Highgate has been submitted to Islington Council. It aims to create a safe and welcoming environment with a range of advanced social and environmental sustainability features, many of which were proposed by staff and service users.

  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and high efficiency Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) will reduce carbon emissions
  • Sustainable transport will be supported, including cycling and walking
  • Landscaping, new mature tree planting and a significant area of green wall (based around native species) will help to provide new foraging habitats for birds and bats
  • Greater access to these ecological features will be made available through a much more open and inviting public space
  • During construction, the main contractor will be required to make employment and training opportunities available to local residents
  • A target rating of ‘excellent’ in the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) building sustainability benchmarking scheme 

We have been gathering staff and service user views through surveys and events. During April 2020, you can also let us know what you think is most important for the Green Plan, and share you ideas.

Later in the year, we hope to run community-based activities, to explore in more detail, how to put the commitments in the plan into practice.


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