Sustainable hospitals

No matter how small the actions, we can all make a difference.

Our Network’s purpose is to help children live their healthiest of lives. We want to ensure that children now and in the future, grow up in a world where they can enjoy good health and wellbeing. As a healthcare provider, we consume significant amounts of energy and water and generate large volumes of waste.

We acknowledge the part we must play in reducing our impact on the environment and have set ourselves a goal – to become a leader in sustainable healthcare and encourage everyone to participate in Sustainable Hospitals.

Our achievements so far

Highlights from our Sustainable Hospitals program include:

Bed donations

In 2017, 60 beds due for replacement were donated to a Fijian hospital in need. These beds would have otherwise been recycled for scrap metal or send to landfill.

Fortnightly Farmers Market

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead hold a fortnightly farmers market to provide staff, families and patients with access to fresh local produce.

Ride and Stride Week

In 2017, we promoted active travel which included try-an-electric bike sessions for staff and families, bike bus commute into the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, bike maintenance workshops and National Ride to Work Day breakfasts for cyclists.

PVC Recycling trials at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

This includes recovering PVC items, previously sent to landfill, such as IV bags, tubing and oxygen masks to be recycled and manufactured into garden hoses and outdoor children’s playground equipment.

Global, Green and Healthy Hospitals membership

We became a member of the Global, Green and Healthy Hospitals Network

Drinking fountain installed

Courtesy of Sydney Water, a water fountain has recently been installed at The Children's Hospital at Westmead on Level 2, near Starbucks and the Outpatients waiting area.

The Sustainability Plan

The SCHN Sustainability Plan 2017-2022 provides a roadmap to achieving our goal and sets out six action areas the Network has identified as priorities — waste reduction, energy and water efficiency and reductions, sustainable transport, communication, sustainable procurement and the use of open space.