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Meet Phil: “I’ve always been passionate about the links between climate change and health.”

28 October 2022
Meet Phil, Sheffield Children’s Environmental and Sustainability Officer.
Phil is the guardian of our Green Plan! The plan sets out how we will reach our net zero targets and become more environmentally sustainable as a Trust, creating a healthier future for our children and young people. “Part of my role is to ensure that as a Trust we do that in an equitable way, not creating any health inequalities,” Phil says.
“The climate emergency is a health emergency. It brings an increase in extreme weather patterns, flooding, new diseases, increases in allergies, food shortages and droughts. Children are often the most impacted by the effects of climate change and it’s very inspiring to be able to work in a field that is trying to provide solutions. Having always been passionate about the environment and the links between climate change and health, that’s how I’ve ended up doing what I do here at Sheffield Children’s.”
Phil has been involved in new recycling and active travel initiatives, planting over 200 trees at our Becton Centre, cycling 500 miles with others from London to COP26 in Glasgow to raise awareness around the connection between air pollution and children’s health, making sure all Trust vehicles are electric, and much more.
Prior to joining Sheffield Children’s in 2020, Phil worked for the National Park Service in America and received a degree in Environmental Science, making him ideal for this big task.
“It’s great being able to speak to colleagues about all things green and it’s such an encouragement to see how passionate everyone is about providing a healthier future for children and young people by finding solutions and making changes. I love the Sheffield Children’s culture as well as how much support I receive in my role.
“And who doesn’t enjoy bumping into therapy dogs every so often round the hospital? They always put a smile on my face and make my day even better!”
When Phil isn’t busy at Sheffield Children’s you’ll find him playing hockey, running and cycling. “Living near the Peak District provides fantastic cycling routes, albeit a bit hilly. I also enjoy gardening and, every year, challenge myself to grow a few unusual plants – with mixed results!”
Thanks for sharing your story Phil and we think it’s a privilege to have you as part of the Sheffield Children’s team, we’re excited to see Sheffield Children’s becoming greener every day!

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