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As places of healing, hospitals have a responsibility to staff, patients, and volunteers to make sure they are not inadvertently causing harm. Unfortunately, several of the products and practices common in the industry may be contributing to disease, pollution, and global climate change.
Hospitals face several challenges unique to the healthcare industry: high energy consumption, hazardous chemical exposure, traffic and parking congestion, diverse waste streams, and a reliance on disposable products. Greening healthcare can address all of these issues in a way that creates health benefits to staff and patients while creating cost-savings to the facility.
This initiative requests health care providers to:
Greening healthcare requires a systemic approach to chemical policy, green building policy, and creating a demand for more sustainable products in the marketplace. Because health care is such a powerful economic driver, changes within the industry can drive change nation-wide.
Learn how to start a Green Team at your facility
Learn more about Environmentally-Preferable Purchasing
Read this case study of Seattle Children's Hospital:
Spotlight On Seattle Children’s Hospital
Tell Congress: Hands off the health protection that EPA is trying to provide! Protect us from methane and ozone emissions now!
Tell local, state and federal agencies to reject a proposal for the largest coal export terminal in the U.S.
Slides by Dr. Ken Lans highlighting what clinicians need to know about the health impacts of climate change. Read more »
Major impacts concluded from analysis of project draft environmental impact statements, Position Statement on Crude Oil Transport and Storage prepared by Washington and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, and supporting documents. Read more »
Public comment from Laura Skelton, Executive Director of Washington PSR, on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Read more »