(Greenhouse gas reduction toolkit) Climate change is the greatest public health threat and opportunity of the 21st century. To reduce the health impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be reduced, and hospitals have an essential role to play.
Solving health problems always starts with setting a goal. Establishing a clear, ambitious target can motivate staff and help drive strategies for success.
Practice Greenhealth developed resources to help hospitals and health systems track GHG emissions and set reduction goals. Here’s why:
The imperative: Climate change affects health and health care delivery, and hospitals are dealing with the impacts today. Reducing GHG emissions protects the health of patients, employees, and communities.
Mission alignment: Health care’s carbon footprint is significant, and a hospital cannot simultaneously contribute to climate change and meet its mission to “do no harm.”
Operational benefits: Reducing GHG emissions leads to cost savings and makes hospitals more resilient in the face of extreme weather events.