We recently spoke to ‘Green Champion’ Fitzroy Hutchinson on his work as Energy Manager in the Capital Estates and Facilities team, and his new role which will see him make more of an impact to the sustainability agenda at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Shaping Our Future Sustainable Healthcare.
Here are some questions that we asked Fitzroy about his new role and any advice that he can give to staff, patients, and visitors to make more sustainable choices.
Where does your interest in sustainability come from?
It’s always been there. In my current role, managing Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s energy contracts I’ve been conscious of our consumption of energy and been instrumental in making step by step improvements to the measurement of our energy consumption, the source of our energy and the better control of our energy use.
In my work I’ve seen how clinical colleagues want to make a difference to the Health Board’s carbon footprint and I want to do more to help with that effort. I am passionate about encouraging and informing colleagues, and anyone who will listen as to their environmental potential.
What will your new role entail?
My new role will involve measuring our carbon footprint, helping to run our Sustainability Programme Board, and empowering and supporting colleagues on their departmental and personal environmental journey. Creating a collective sustainable mindset is very important.
What are the opportunities you’re looking forward to pursuing?
I am excited to be helping the Health Board make significant changes in areas that affect it’s sustainable performance, exploring potential opportunities and making them a reality.
I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to pioneer and investigate the substitution of single use plastic products with ones that can be reused time and time again, flushing out the issues that need to be resolved before their introduction at scale.
I am looking forward to engaging with colleagues and external stakeholders, all towards the shaping of our future NHS.
What one change would you suggest colleagues consider to make a difference?
Colleagues should understand that everything they do has an impact, for example, are you putting that plastic water bottle in the correct recycling bin? Are you turning off your computer at the end of your working day? It is essential to identify what those impacts are and to make changes where possible.