Sustainable Development Special Interest Group

The Sustainable Development SIG has been established to drive forward strategic action to embed the principles of sustainable development into all FPH does and stands for, in order to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable future. The SIG will work to inform and develop FPH's approach to sustainable development and climate change through developing, promoting, and advocating for:

  • Whole systems approach to health and care services
  • Partnerships with alliances that achieve positive, sustainable development
  • Good health through engagement with the natural environment
  • Management proactives that take account of the limit's of the Earth's resources and that reduce our impact

Resources on Sustainable Development and Climate Change

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Recent work

The Faculty recently responded to two Government consultations relating to the planning process for Hydraulic Shale Gas extraction (fracking) in England.  One consultation related to the proposal that exploratory drilling should be covered by Permitted Development Rights (thus not needing planning consent), the other related to the proposal that Hydraulic Shale Gas extraction should be part of the National Significant Infrastructure Programme, which would mean that planning decisions are reserved to National rather than local level. 

The Faculty's responses were drafted by the Sustainable Development Special Interest Group, and both responses are to be found above.  Anyone wishing to join the Sustainable Development Special Interest Group and get involved further in this work should contact the SIG Chair Jeremy Wight as below.

On Wednesday 9 October FPH's Sustainable Development Special Interest Group held a seminar at Strathclyde University on building environmental sustainability into UK public health research. Speakers at the event included Professor Karen Turner, Lynne McNiven, Dr Helen Walters, Phil Mackie and Sir Harry Burns. Read the full report and summary of discussions here.

If anyone is interested in joining the Sustainable Development SIG, please contact the Chair, Jeremy Wight, at

Useful documents to help you learn more about the Sustainable Development SIG