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Metrics Today, Metrics Tomorrow

By Janet Brown
Healthcare Design

Based on a sustainable building session, “Trends in Greening-Where Does Your Facility Fall in the Greening Spectrum?” presented at the HEALTHCARE DESIGN.10 Conference, November 13-16, 2010, in Las Vegas.

Medical waste incinerators are a major source of mercury in the environment; newborn babies are born with more than 200 industrial chemicals in their bodies; the President's Cancer Panel reported this year that environmentally caused cancers are “grossly underestimated” and “needlessly devastate American lives”; and the World Health Organization reports that climate change will be the defining issue in the 21st century.

Caring for people requires caring for the planet. Healthcare sustainability leaders are strategically positioning environmental improvement activities into their short-, medium-, and long-term goals. In memory of John Lennon's 70th birthday this year, imagine how it could be.

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