Fighting for the environment, the unemployed, and the isolatedBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c730 (Published 05 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c730
- Zosia Kmietowicz
The four teams, out of 30 nominated, that made the shortlist for the BMJ Group award for corporate social responsibility each bring a different but strong case for the prize.
Two of those shortlisted chose to tackle perhaps the most pressing issue the world has ever faced by taking action to limit their organisation’s impact on the environment.
Users of health services provided by Southern Health in Melbourne, which operates across 40 sites, including six major hospitals, might not realise it, but the water with which they flush the toilet is captured from dialysis reverse osmosis equipment. They might also not notice that the air conditioning at the various sites is very finely tuned, never running too hot or too cold. But they do know that they have to switch off lights and computers when not in use and use the recycling bins whenever possible.
These and other efforts have resulted in an estimated saving of 35 million litres of water a year, 2 544 402 kWh of electricity and 1390 tonnes …