WHO Sri Lanka Country Office commits to going Green

Caption : The country office team spent two intensive days learning how to make their workplace greener and healthier.

After taking on the “Walk the Talk” Global Challenge in 2018 the WHO Country Office for Sri Lanka has set itself a new target for 2019 , partnering with the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka, to make the office green and sustainable.

A baseline assessment of how the office functions in terms of its environmental impact was carried out over a two-month period. The findings, outlining how they might better use their resources, were presented to all the staff over the course of a three-day learning and development course.

Experts from the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka combed through the office power bills, waste and recycling and tested the air quality to give the team a snapshot of what was good – and bad – about the current office environment.

Establishing the baseline in the Colombo Office

The consultants then worked with the staff, for two full days leading them through the process of how they could improve their workplace environment, cutting usage and cost as well as how to reduce the environmental impact of WHO’s work in Sri Lanka.

Many of the things learned are already being put into practice and over the course of the next few months the results of the training should begin to show in indicators like smaller utility bills and better air quality in the office.

By “practising what we preach” it is hoped that the office will become an example for the UN family and other partners in Sri Lanka, contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.

The plan is that each and every member of staff becomes an advocate for a greener, cleaner more sustainable future.

Planning the way forward to a greener, more sustainable workplace