What about knowledge and library services about sustainability?

See the section on Sustainability: towards low-carbon knowledge services on page 63 of Knowledge for Healthcare 2021-2026.

‘Knowledge specialists have a dual role in contributing to the sustainability agenda, within the knowledge service itself and by providing the evidence to underpin policy, commissioning, operational practice and training.’

Practical examples include:

  • building sustainability into strategy, policy, and marketing initiatives
  • developing services that are digital by default, providing online access to knowledge resources
  • procuring “eco-friendly” materials
  • managing waste: encouraging Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
  • working with local estates teams to use water and energy from renewable sources efficiently.
  • influencing the design of “green” library buildings
  • working in partnership with other organisations to reduce duplication of effort

Sustainability in KLS Community of Practice

HEE KLS has set up a community of practice to showcase case studies, highlight best practice, share ideas and discuss issues about sustainability.

If you would like to join this Communty of Practice, share a case study or what you're doing to support sustainability in your Trust or within your service, email the NHSE Knowldge and Library Services team on [email protected].

The community uses the FutureNHS collaboration platform. You will need to register and join the workspace once you have been added as a member. 

Sustainability Healthcare Bulletins

Hampshire Healthcare Library produces a current awareness bulletins on sustainability every other month. 

Contact Lucy Gilham [email protected] to be added to the distribution list for the bulletin.



Page last reviewed: 28 June 2022