The Health and Sustainability Hub supports Public Health Wales to meet its duties under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. It also works with the wider public health community and stakeholder organisations to maximise the opportunities provided by the Act to improve health and well-being and reduce inequalities. You can engage with the work of the Hub by e-mailing: publichealth.sustainability@wales.nhs.uk

Our work Lead: Richard Lewis

What we do:

The ‘Health and Sustainability Hub’ has several supporting roles in maximising the opportunities for public health from this pioneering legislation.

The Hub’s programmes of work include supporting Public Health Wales, as a public body in the Act, with its contribution towards each of the well-being goals, and in applying the sustainable development principle, to become an exemplar, championing and sustainable organisation.

In addition to this, the Hub supports the wider public health system in its role on the Public Services Boards to enhance the potential to improve health and well-being.

The Hub works with and supports other public bodies and cross-sector stakeholder organisations to strengthen the impact of the Act on public health, including environmental sustainability.

What we have done:

Recent work has included supporting the development of a Health Impact Assessment on the potential health implications of home working and supporting the development of the International Horizon Scanning and Learning reports to inform Wales’ Covid-19 Public Health Response and Recovery in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Work has also included presenting a webinar to our partners in the Netherlands to share Wales’ experience and learning around the Sustainable Development Goals and developing an online workshop to support teams and individuals within public bodies to identify and reduce their impact on the environment.

Current work is in areas such as climate change in Wales, developing e-briefings to support a Covid-19 green recovery by identifying opportunities to support priority areas, working with key stakeholders in Wales and Europe in the Joint Action on Health Equity Europe (JAHEE) Programme and continuing to support the development of the International Horizon Scanning reports.

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.

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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…

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Calling all tea and coffee drinkers – infographic

We can all act by using a mug or reusable coffee cup.

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Be the Change – Walking our Talk

‘Walking our talk’ highlights some of the practical ways in which we can contribute to Wales’ Well-being Goals by travelling actively and sustainably.

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Be the Change – Creating Inclusive Workplaces

‘Creating Inclusive Workplaces’ highlights some of the practical ways in which we can contribute to Wales’ Well-being Goals by helping to create ‘a more equal Wales’ which enables people to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstance.

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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…

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Be the Change – Sustainability on the Agenda

‘Sustainability on the Agenda’ highlights some of the practical ways in which we can contribute to Wales’ Well-being Goals when we arrange meetings and events/ conferences.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Be the Change – Reducing our Waste Measurements

‘Reducing our Waste Measurements’ highlights some of the practical ways in which we can contribute to the health and well-being of our planet by helping to create a lower carbon (greener) society which uses resources more efficiently.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Green Opportunities Winter 2020

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Creating healthier places and spaces for our present and future generations

This resource demonstrates how the health and well-being opportunities afforded by the natural and built environment, such as walking and cycling infrastructure, food growing and access to nature, can contribute to a thriving, sustainable Wales for current and future generations.

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Health and Sustainability Hub Team:

Cathy Weatherup

Strategic Lead

Cathy Weatherup is the Strategic Lead for Health and Sustainability in Public Health Wales. Her role is to support the implementation of Well-Being of Future Generations Act for the NHS, the wider public health community and where relevant, for the wider public service. Previously, Cathy was the head of Health Inequalities in Public Health Division in Welsh Government and the lead for key international links with the WHO Regions for Health Network. Cathy has also led on the development of the Public Health Bill (now Act) and the Public Health Outcomes Framework for Wales, as well as the Over 50s Health Check.

Richard Lewis

Programme Manager

Richard is the Programme Manager in the Hub. He is particularly interested in promoting public health and sustainability through active travel, and the idea of ‘Be the Change’ where we can all take small sustainable steps in the workplace to support Wales’ well-being goals. Before joining Public Health Wales in 2016, Richard worked in the Welsh Government in a variety of public health and sports policy roles. Outside of work, Richard managed his street taking part in Cardiff Council and Play Wales’ pilot of ‘Street Play’.

Tracy Evans

Senior Sustainable Development Officer

Tracy is the Senior Sustainable Development Officer in the Hub. She is working to raise awareness and understanding of sustainability and biodiversity to support Wales’ well-being goals and achieve a more sustainable future. Before joining Public Health Wales in 2020, Tracy worked for Caerphilly County Borough Council in a variety of policy and sustainability roles. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys walking and mountain biking.

Angie Kirby

Project Support Officer

Angie is the Project Support Officer for the Health and Sustainability Hub and brings her passion for protecting people and planet to her role. Since joining Public Health Wales, Angie has developed and delivered sustainability sessions for several staff induction events and encouraged sustainable behaviours through advocacy and engagement. She has also developed resources to facilitate positive change, such as the Well-being Goals Challenge. Outside of work, Angie is a creative practitioner, singer-songwriter and poet and is involved in various projects to support biodiversity and access to green space.