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

White House event celebrates U.S. health care's commitment to address climate impacts

30 June 2022

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2022) – At a White House event today, the Biden administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) celebrated the progress and dedication of 61 of the largest U.S. hospital and health sector organizations, each having recently signed HHS’ Health Care Sector Pledge, expressing their commitment to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and increasing climate resilience. Health Care Without Harm, an international nongovernmental organization, joins signatories from the health care sector. Health Care Without Harm’s affiliated network Practice Greenhealth works with over 1,400 hospitals, health systems, and health organizations, many of which have signed the HHS pledge. Statement from Gary Cohen, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth founder: “With the support of HHS and the Biden administration, the U.S. health sector is experie...

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Affiliate Premium Partner Forum

3 June 2022

Learn and network with new affiliate premium partners Join Practice Greenhealth at 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT June 22 for our second partner forum of 2022 with affiliate premium partners Medline and Sch...

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Announcing the winner of the Health Care Culinary Contest

31 May 2022

We are excited to announce the grand prize winner of the 2021 Health Care Culinary Contest: UW Health’s Afghan-style vegetable korma.

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