Environmental sustainability A collection of our work looking at climate change, health and sustainable health care

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Climate change and environmental breakdown are serious and urgent global issues, which present significant risks to health.

There is growing recognition of the risk that climate change poses to health, globally and in the UK. As a big consumer of resources and contributor to climate change and environmental breakdown, there is also recognition that the health and care system has an important role to play in the efforts to achieving the UK’s net zero target.

Browse our latest content to find out more.

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Webinar: After COP26 – what will it take to get the NHS to net zero?

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A panel discussion exploring how the NHS can achieve net zero – from an international, national and...

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Newsletter blog

Promises and progress: what has COP26 got to do with health?

28 October 2021
Newsletter blog

Climate change and health are inextricably linked. Jennifer Dixon reflects on the related challenges...

Podcast

How can the green agenda help the health agenda? – with Dr Fiona Godlee and Professor Andy Haines

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Climate change is a global health emergency. What can we learn from how ‘green’ has gone up the...

Blog

An anchor approach to sustainability

10 November 2021
Blog

Drawing on findings from the Health Anchors Learning Network, Jenna Collins explores how the NHS can...

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Watch: Why world leaders must take climate action to protect our health

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We're joining health professionals and organisations around the world calling for stronger ambition...

Newsletter feature

Sustainable improvement: growing a greener NHS

28 October 2021
Newsletter feature

How does the improvement work we fund contribute to achieving NHS net zero? 

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Going green: what do the public think about the NHS and climate change?

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What do the public think about climate change, health and the NHS net zero ambition, and why does...

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Public perceptions of climate change and health (September 2021)

October 2021
Report

This report presents the findings of a survey with the UK public commissioned by the Health...

What we're doing as a Foundation

As a funder, investor and workplace with a carbon footprint, we have a responsibility to act on climate change, and we have been working to embed environmental sustainability across our activities.

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The challenge of going green: creating a more sustainable Health Foundation

19 October 2021
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As a funder, investor and a workplace, environmental sustainability should be a 'green thread'...

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Our commitment to environmental sustainability

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We believe we have a responsibility to act on climate change, and are working to embed environmental...

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A responsible investor

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Find out more about our guiding principles for being a responsible investor.

Further reading

Blog

The restructure of public health must not weaken our climate change response

30 March 2021
Blog

How can the government ensure that the new public health system is fit to respond to the growing...

Report

Shaping Health Futures

June 2019
Report

This report outlines major trends and changes in the population, society, technology, politics, the...

Research report

Building healthier communities: the role of the NHS as an anchor institution

August 2019
Research report

Our new report explores the ways in which NHS organisations act as anchor institutions, and their...

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The Q community: Sustainable health care

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This Special Interest Group brings together people who are passionate about sustainability and...

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How transport offers a route to better health

About 21 mins to read

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Transport affects the health of people across society, in multiple ways. Investing in transport is...

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Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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