SNH staff walked the talk when they took up the SUSTRANS Challenge to get to work in a more sustainable way.
SNH staff throughout Scotland have been playing a role in demonstrating their commitment to their health and wellbeing and reducing their carbon footprint by taking part in the SUSTRANS Challenge. Whilst the health agenda is not SNH’s core purpose, our staff are involved in encouraging participation in the outdoors and the development of the Natural Health Service so challenges like this really strike a cord with some of the work that’s at the heart of what we do. It’s also a proven fact that adopting a more active work environment can have positive effects on health and performance at work, that’s why SNH is committed to achieving the Healthy Working Lives Award.
Staff created a real buzz through organised group walk and cycle to work days, encouraging colleagues to hop on bikes or throw on their trainers, others changed their normal habit of getting in their car to car sharing or jumping on a bus. We already encourage staff to use video conferencing instead of travelling where possible, however we recognise that it’s not always possible so we encouraged staff travelling to other offices to make use of bike hire schemes at train stations or to take the bus instead of a taxi.
Together we came top of our category, clocking up 20766 miles, saving £2037 and 17744.21 Kg of CO2 compared to journeying by car, this all equates to 1691 donuts expended! Well done everyone!
Have a look at the SUSTRANS website for lots of ideas on sustainable travel, and be inspired to take action.