In support of its recently-launched Green Plan, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed an eco-activist in residence, Maya Lindley, to work with local young people, community groups and the Trust’s own Green Champions.
Maya, aged 18 from Blackpool, will spend time working with colleagues across the Trust including its Green Champions – colleagues who are keen to play an active role in supporting the Green Plan – and local young people. She will help to help make a real impact on how the Trust works to meet the ambitious targets of its plan.
The Green Plan sets out how the Trust will work towards aims and objectives to help make the organisation and the community it serves a better, healthier, greener place. This will involve working with partners in the private and public sectors, leading the way but also learning from others.
Maya said: “I am planning to carry out a series of discussions with local young people and Green Champions, and these discussions will inform the creation of two eco-guides – one for our Green Champions and another for members of the public who want to live more sustainably.
“It is my hope that by involving colleagues and young people in conversations together, we will be able to hold meaningful discussions that offer different viewpoints on sustainability. This will hopefully produce a useful resource that will help make progress towards fulfilling the goals of the Trust’s Green Plan, as well as allowing local members of the community to improve their environmental efforts.”
Dr Heather Catt, Consultant in Public Health and Green Plan lead for the Trust, said: “The Plan isn’t just about reducing carbon emissions and the big ticket climate change ideas, but about everything from car sharing, agile working, recycling, reducing waste, energy and water use. It’s something that everyone can and should, get involved in.
“It’s great to have Maya on board as she will bring a unique voice and ideas to the discussion and I’m sure we’ll learn as much from her as she will from us during her time here.”
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