Green Opportunities Autumn 2021

Green Opportunities is a new e-briefing from the Health and Sustainability Hub. The quarterly updates capture learning to aid Wales’ green recovery from COVID-19, identifying sustainable opportunities to support population health.

The autumn edition focuses on biodiversity.

Authors: Tracy Evans, Richard Lewis

Green Opportunities Summer 2021

Green Opportunities is a new e-briefing from the Health and Sustainability Hub. The quarterly updates capture learning to aid Wales’ green recovery from COVID-19, identifying sustainable opportunities to support population health.

The summer 2021 edition focuses on sustainable and active travel.

Authors: Richard Lewis, Tracy Evans

Wales and the global goals infographic

This infographic, ‘Wales and the global goals: Ensuring that no one is left behind’ was commissioned by the Health and Sustainability Hub in Public Health Wales to provide a background summary of the global and Wales’ approaches to sustainable development, including the steps to deliver the global agenda in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The infographic also provides information on elements of Wales’ approach, covering:

• A literature review on embedding Wales’ Sustainable Development Principle (‘five ways of working’)
• Annual ‘Well-being of Wales Report’ on progress towards sustainable development
• Wales’ national indicators to measure progress
• A short case-study on Wales’ ‘Health in All Policies’ approach to public policy

Authors: Cathy Weatherup, Richard Lewis+ 1 more
, Tracy Evans

Step Change for a Sustainable Planet: Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – A toolkit for global organisations

The Step Change for a Sustainable Planet toolkit was developed as part of the response by the Health and Sustainability Hub in Public Health Wales to take clear and positive action to help organisations and their staff respond to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
Providing information and knowledge, the toolkit also supports staff, on an individual level or by working together as teams, to become ‘changemakers’ by helping them to put into practice the principles of sustainable development.

Authors: Sara Peacock, Tracy Evans+ 1 more
, Richard Lewis

Be the Change – Sustainable Home and Agile Working

We are living in a fast-changing and uncertain world, in the time of a global climate emergency and a global pandemic, which highlight the importance of acting and living sustainably to preserve and protect our world for both current and future generations.

Covid-19 has changed the way people live and work, instigating an immediate reorientation to home working, where feasible and providing opportunities to live more sustainably.

For those who are able to work from home, the rapid shift to home and agile working has brought both positives and negatives, some more challenging than others. This e-guide will help individuals take sustainable steps while working at home to reduce their impact on the environment.

Authors: Richard Lewis, Tracy Evans

Be the Change Well-being Goals Challenge

The Well-being Goals Challenge sets out six separate behaviour change challenges that inspire us to act to live more sustainably. They are designed to be undertaken on your own, with your team mates or as a team to team challenge.
Drawing on Wales’ Well-being Goals and the wider United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the challenges focus on Slow Fashion, Plant-based Diet, Towards Zero Waste, Healthy Travel, Ethical Consumer and Supporting Wildlife, with sustainable steps provided to guide you on your challenge journey.

Authors: Richard Lewis, Angie Kirby+ 1 more
, Tracy Evans

Green Opportunities Spring 2021

Green Opportunities is a new e-briefing from the Health & Sustainability Hub. The quarterly updates capture learning to aid Wales’ green recovery from COVID-19, identifying sustainable opportunities to support population health.
The spring 2021 edition focuses on energy and air pollution.

Authors: Richard Lewis, Tracy Evans

Cardiff Public Sector Healthy Travel Charter

As one of 14 leading public sector organisations, Public Health Wales signed the Cardiff Healthy Travel Charter in April 2019, showing their commitment to supporting and encouraging staff and visitors to travel in a sustainable way.
The Cardiff Healthy Travel Charter promotes walking, cycling, public transport and ultra-low emission vehicle use. The actions include establishing a champion of sustainable travel champions, developing targeted communications campaigns, offering and promoting the Cycle to Work Scheme and reducing the number of staff journeys.
Promoting and supporting sustainable active travel modes such as walking and cycling enables people to integrate physical activity into their everyday lives, which is essential for good health and contributes to well-being.

Helping Nature to Flourish

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts now likely on people around the world. Our health and well-being depends upon a healthy environment, which includes using our natural resources in a sustainable way and supporting biodiversity.
This e-guide will help individuals take action for biodiversity at every opportunity to reverse its decline in Wales and globally, for its intrinsic value, and to secure our own well-being.

Making Space for Nature – Public Health Wales’ Biodiversity Plan

Making Space for Nature is Public Health Wales’ Biodiversity Plan to maintain and enhance biodiversity and promote the resilience of ecosystems.
Healthy ecosystems are vital for health and well-being, providing our food, clothing and medicines, regulating our air and water and controlling disease. However, biodiversity is in decline.
The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 sets out the requirement for the ‘sustainable management of natural resources’ together with new ways of working to achieve this. Under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016, public bodies are required to maintain and enhance biodiversity and promote the resilience of ecosystems in order to reverse this trend, as part of the S6 Duty.

SIFT – Sustainability Improvement for Teams

SIFT stands for Sustainability Improvements For Teams and the SIFT workshop is being developed to support the delivery of the Well-being of Future Generations Act which:
• makes public bodies accountable for appropriately embedding the five ways of working in all work;
• requires public bodies to demonstrate how they have done this. SIFT workshops create an evidence base and this pool of evidence can be incorporated into the objectives of the organisation to support improved learning, planning, collaboration and delivery of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

Author: Richard Lewis

Implementing the Sustainable Development Principle: Lessons from a Literature Review on Implementing the Five Ways of Working

This resource provides key learning and actions that public bodies, policy makers and practitioners can take to implement the sustainable development principle, as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Authors: Victoria Hands, Radu Cinpoes+ 8 more
, Fatima Annan-Diab, Annette Boaz, Carol Hayden, Richard Anderson, Alisha Davies, Sumina Azam, Cathy Weatherup, William King

Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystem Duty Report 2019

Public Health Wales’ ‘Biodiversity Duty report’ has been produced in response to the enhanced biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems duty under Section 6 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 which requires that public authorities must seek to maintain and enhance biodiversity so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of their functions and in doing so promote the resilience of ecosystems.

The Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystems Duty Report 2019 outlines how Public Health Wales has addressed its biodiversity duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and achieved the actions identified in its Biodiversity Plan, Making Space for Nature.

Author: Richard Lewis

Be the Change – A Healthy Heritage

‘A Healthy Heritage’ highlights some of the practical ways in which we can contribute to Wales’ Well-being Goals by supporting our culture and Welsh language in the workplace.

By preserving and learning from our history and culture we can re-energise, safeguard and share our heritage for future generations.

Our heritage is a key tool to support positive change, people who know more about each other and their local area tend to get more involved in their local communities, building a sustainable future where people feel they belong.

Authors: Richard Lewis, Tracy Evans

Be the Change: Sustainable Steps towards Wales’ well-being goals

Be the Change is a movement/campaign to encourage and support staff to take sustainable steps in the workplace to individually contribute towards Wales’ well-being goals.
Following the level of interest in the ‘Be the Change’ e-guides produced for Public Health Wales to-date, the Hub has developed a toolkit to help public bodies and wider stakeholders to adopt ‘Be the Change’ in their places of work. This toolkit aims to provide information and knowledge, but also support staff to become ‘agents of change’ by helping them to make small sustainable changes on an individual level, or by working together as teams.

Sustainable development in Wales and other regions in Europe – achieving health and equity for present and future generations

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015), complemented by the WHO European policy framework and strategy for the 21st century, Health 2020, represents a milestone for human and planetary development. This publication proposes ways of maximizing opportunities to implement these agendas at the national and regional levels across the WHO European Region.

Authors: Cathy Weatherup, Sumina Azam+ 1 more
, Mariana Dyakova

Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Health in All Policies: Case studies from around the world

This Case Study Book, Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Health in All Policies: Case studies from around the world was developed as an outcome of the Adelaide 2017 Health in All Policies International Conference co-sponsored by the Government of South Australia and the World Health Organization.

Authors: Cathy Weatherup, Sumina Azam+ 5 more
, Michael Palmer, Cathy Madge, Richard Lewis, Mark Bellis, Andrew Charles