Sustainability solutions for health care

Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to hospitals and health systems across the United States.

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Buildings

Promote green and healthy health care facility design, construction, renovation and operations in order to minimize environmental impacts and foster restorative and sustainable healing environments.

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Chemicals

Work with health care to eliminate harmful chemicals or substitute them with safer alternatives while minimizing chemical exposure of patients, health care workers, communities, and the environment.

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Climate and Health

Health systems and health professionals are implementing business-smart initiatives that also protect their communities from increased diseases and more frequent extreme weather events caused by climate change.

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Energy

Accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency while promoting clean, renewable energy in health care, mobilizing the sector as a leader for a healthy energy future for all.

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Engaged Leadership

Almost 90 percent of the top-performing institutions in our sustainability benchmark report have an executive-level champion at the top of the reporting structure.

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Food

Promote, purchase, and serve sustainably grown, healthy food to improve environmental health, build better food systems, and address the upstream social and economic determinants of non-communicable diseases.

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Greening the OR

Though a tiny percentage of a hospital’s total physical footprint, operating rooms can drive big facilities’ cost savings and efficiency improvements through smart, incremental, sustainable practices.

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Sustainable Procurement

Sustainability professionals and purchasing managers should work together to embed sustainability into purchasing processes and engage suppliers to provide innovative, sustainable products with a reduced impact on human health and the environment.

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Transportation

Promote transportation strategies for patients, their families, and staff that support healthier local and regional transport systems while reducing health care's environmental impact.

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Waste

Promote zero waste policies, reduce the volume and toxicity of waste produced by the health care sector, and implement safe, sustainable disposal options as alternatives to incineration.

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Water

Reducing water consumption is a great place for hospitals and health systems to start improving their environmental impact and sustainability practices.

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News & Updates

Practice Greenhealth releases latest sustainability benchmark data

25 January 2023

We are pleased to share Practice Greenhealth’s latest sustainability benchmark report, based on data from the 2021 calendar year. The 345 hospitals that submitted data demonstrated that a focus on environmental stewardship can help health care organizations better protect the health of their communities and make progress on sustainability goals, while saving money and building resilience. The 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards applicants reported aggregate annual savings of more than $157 million on environmental programs – an increase of more than 50% since last year. Hospitals also reported avoiding 331,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through climate mitigation projects, more than four times higher than the previous year.   Reporting hospitals: Saved enough water to fill 27 Olympic-sized swimming pools Diverted waste equivalent to the weight of 908 Boe...

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Free Destination CleanMed webinar series

19 January 2023

The Destination CleanMed series features discussions building momentum that will culminate in Pittsburgh, May 23-25 for CleanMed 2023. Register now and invite your colleagues, collaborators, and partn...

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Climate-smart pharmacy: A prescription for a healthier planet

12 January 2023

Join us for the next Grand Round Series event featuring two pharmacists and a physician on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT to learn about the climate impact of pharmaceuticals, including metered dos...

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