Practical tips for greening your practice

28 May 2021


By Jamie Morris, Communications Advisor 

The College Board is committed to working in a way that is more environmentally sustainable and part of that is providing members with better support and resources to reduce their carbon emissions.  

When the GP Pulse editor caught up with College Fellow and climate change advocate Dr Robin Barraclough last year, he said "The best thing that individuals can do, that GPs can do, is recognise that they are part of the problem and make changes in their own lives, in their communities and in their workplaces that start to address the problem.”

“We are all on this journey for better or worse. Let's be the change we need to see in the world,” says Dr Barraclough.

To give members and practices some practical tips and ideas on how to reduce carbon emissions, the College has produced a new online resource to supplement the College’s position statement on climate change and the Greening General Practice toolkit. 

View climate change and greening your practice online resource


The new online resource is easy to use and split into three key areas - banking and investments, energy, and practical steps to greater environmental sustainability.

Banking and investments
Tips for investing your money with companies who have good corporate responsibilities and environment impact criteria.

Energy
For many GP practices, energy use, specifically electricity usage, is likely to be the area that can make the biggest contribution to environmental sustainability. This section will provide you with some online tools to measure your carbon footprint and renewable energy companies. 

Practical steps to greater environmental sustainability
There are a variety of everyday changes you can make at your practice to reduce your impact on the environment. This section includes tips on:

  • Infrastructure: from changing lightbulbs to adding installation, there are a variety of everyday changes you can make to reduce your practice’s impact on the environment.
  • Office supplies - from pens to ink and paper, there could be opportunities to use more sustainable options.
  • Transport - reducing how much we must move around, especially by car, can dramatically reduce your carbon emissions.  The resource includes some options you can give your staff to reduce travel.

Share your sustainable tips
The College is keen to hear of interesting ways practices are reducing their carbon emissions. If you’ve got a great idea you’d like to share, please email communications@rnzcgp.org.nz

Note: this resource is provided as a guide rather than College endorsement of any particular good or service.