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A HSE Water Workshop run by the National Health Sustainability Office was held in Tullamore at the Midlands Regional Hospital on 10th October 2017.

The event focussed on water use in the healthcare sector, showcasing case studies from Irish hospitals on their work to increase water efficiency, including recovering and reusing water from reverse osmosis in renal dialysis, leak detection and repair, as well as sub-metering of water use. A case study on emergency management for healthcare facilities during a water outage was also given. Irish Water presented on their services along with information on the likely future direction for non-domestic water pricing. The event was used to launch the Green Healthcare Water Efficiency guide, which looks at efficient water use in a healthcare setting, and includes benchmarking of Irish healthcare facilities in terms of water use. A tour of the on-site water recovery system from reverse osmosis was also given by Paul Moloney of the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore.

The capacity event attracted a varied audience including HSE estates, hospital maintenance and facilities management, technical services, renal services, emergency planning and catering management.

Speakers and presentations were as follows:

Sligo University Hospital and the Institute of Technology Sligo Sustainability Seminar 2017

7th September 2017, 9.30am – 4.00pm, IT Sligo

Sligo University Hospital registered to join the An Taisce Green Campus Programme in early December, becoming only the second hospital campus to register for the programme in the country after Cork University Hospital. Affiliated with NUI Galway (Medical Academy), Sligo University Hospital similar to other hospitals in the Saolta University Healthcare Group features a medical academy on site and a dedicated Green-Campus Committee of staff and students ready to take on the Green Campus programme and apply it to their site. The programme primarily aims to ensure that members of a campus community can engage in a meaningful way to enhance sustainability on their campus. Green Campus is designed to reward long-term commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability from all its campus community members.

Seminar Registration Flyer – click here 

Webinars of the presentations:



Afternoon 2:


Sustainable Healthcare - A Continual Journey

Environmental Symposium,25th September 2015, Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital hosted an Environmental Symposium on the 24th September 2015. The first half of the day had a strong focus on energy and the work that is going on behind the scenes to make our buildings and infrastructure more efficient. The afternoon session focused on the journey towards the CUH Green Flag award and how we can become more sustainable and healthier both at work and in the home through making smarter, more efficient choices. Speakers included Mr Jim Curran, National Director of HSE Estates, Mr Jim Murphy, National Health Sustainability Office and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Dr. Michael John O’ Mahony of An Taisce, Denise Cahill from Cork Healthy Cities. The Key Note address was given by Prof. John Sweeney. Prof. Sweeney has been a lecturer at NUI Maynooth, since 1978. He has published approximately 60 scientific papers and edited/co-authored 4 texts on various aspects of climatology and climate change. He currently leads a number of nationally funded research projects examining various aspects of climate change in Ireland. Professor Sweeney contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.




FREE Green Healthcare Training and Staff Awareness Events

The HSE National Health Sustainability Office in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency seeks applications to host FREE Green Healthcare Training and waste prevention seminars. For more information please see the event flyer and application form below. The closing date for applications is the 30th June 2015.

Event Flyer

Event Application Form


Enabling Delivery of Sustainable Healthcare - Sharing the Learning 

Regional Sustainability Seminar, August 2014, Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital held it's the first Seminar on Sustainable Healthcare in August 2014. The seminar was hosted by CUH in partnership with the National Health Sustainability Office. The seminar showcased best practice sustainable healthcare with 17 speakers from the HSE, UCC, SEAI, An Taisce, and CIT.



Sustainable Health Systems – Making It Happen Seminar

National Sustainability Seminar, May 2014, Dublin

The first HSE National Sustainability Seminar was held at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin in May 2014. More than 130 health sector stakeholders gathered to discuss how to play a role in creating a sustainable health service. The seminar showcased best practice sustainable healthcare from Ireland and from health systems across the UK and Europe.

View Seminar Report here

View Seminar Videos here and here