Sustainability data


What is sustainability data?

Sustainability data focuses on resource utilization, including how much energy, water, materials, and waste are you using or generating, how much time you are allocating to your efforts, and how much money you are saving or spending on those efforts.

Why do we need to collect data?

By collecting and analyzing data on a wide range of sustainability-related factors – including energy and resource use, greenhouse gas emissions, and supply chain performance – hospitals will generate the deep insights they need to guide their sustainability-related initiatives and improve their resource efficiency. Using the latest tools and techniques, hospitals are now conducting real-time (or near real-time) sustainability analysis on vast quantities of data for the past, present, and future.

Measurement is one of the keys to management, and data can empower leaders to make decisions based on facts, trends, and statistics. 

With so much information out there, Practice Greenhealth helps you get the right information so you can make the best decisions about sustainability program strategy and success. Collecting and understanding data about how your organization operates leads to knowledge that will help you improve decision-making, refine goals, and focus efforts. 

“I believe that the data will set you free. At the end of the day, it’s about how you turn those pieces of information into insights that will improve business.”
– Steven Rice, CHRO, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sustainability Benchmark Report

Practice Greenhealth’s Sustainability Benchmark Report is the premier analysis of sustainability performance data for the U.S. health care sector. The data in this report is designed to help hospitals and health systems identify sustainability opportunities by benchmarking their performance alongside other Practice Greenhealth partner hospitals. 

Practice Greenhealth collects and reviews comprehensive sustainability data from hospitals through the Environmental Excellence Awards application. 

This data set is a valuable tool for an array of stakeholders. Hospitals and health systems utilize it to drive organizational goal-setting and investment in sustainability programming. The health care supply chain must leverage the data to research and strengthen markets for new sustainable products and services. Local and regional governments and municipalities may be interested in tracking uptake of sustainable initiatives. And academic partners and others should explore the data to glean additional insights and impacts that they may extrapolate further for peer-reviewed journals. 

Sustainability Benchmark Reports

Pandemic perspective: Insights on health care sustainability in 2020

Practice Greenhealth provides additional analysis highlighting how the pandemic influenced sustainability performance and shifted operational practices within the Practice Greenhealth partner network in 2020. The pandemic perspective is a companion piece to the 2021 sustainability benchmark report, which provides greater detail on the U.S. health care sector’s sustainability performance in 2020.


Pandemic perspective

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