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Health care's climate footprint

  • Climate and Health
If the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, according to Health care’s climate footprint: How the health sector contributes to the global climate crisis and opportunities for action, a report by Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with Arup. The report provides the most comprehensive global analysis of health care’s…

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health care's climate footprint

Climate and health patient education

  • Climate and Health
Every American’s health is at risk from climate change. We are already seeing worsening air quality, increases in vector-borne diseases and heat-related illnesses, as well as mental health impacts from devastation to communities due to extreme weather events like floods and storms. Patients and communities trust their health care providers to warn them of risks to their health and offer them…

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Cool Food Pledge GHG calculator

To convert to GHG emissions, this shared Cool Food Pledge GHG Calculator will translate your food category purchases. 

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Food category tracking tool

Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have partnered with the World Resources Institute to assist hospitals in participating in the Cool Food Pledge to track and reduce their food purchasing footprint.  Our shared Food Category Tracking Tool can be useful for starting this baseline. This tool also tracks foods purchased and served other than meat, including seafood and plant-based…

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Less food to landfill executive summary

  • Waste
  • food waste
  • Food
  • Toolkit
  • Executive Summary
(Less food to landfill toolkit) This toolkit is intended to mobilize the health care community around the opportunity to reduce food waste in general; reduce methane gas associated with food breakdown in landfills and feed hungry people. 

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Transportation executive summary

  • Transportation
  • Climate and Health
  • Toolkit
  • Executive Summary
(Transportation toolkit)  Practice Greenhealth is pleased to offer members a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems reduce their transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. The goals aim to reduce employee single occupancy vehicle rates and miles, transition fleet vehicles to alternative fuels, implement idle reduction policies and practices, and work with supply chain partners to do…

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Executive summary

  • Climate and Health
  • Community Benefit
  • Toolkit
  • Executive Summary
(Delivering community benefit: Climate and health toolkit) This climate and health toolkit is designed to help environmental leads introduce a new framing of climate and health to their community benefit colleagues. It introduces tools and resources to help community benefit staff identify climate-related health risks in their communities, current projects that have climate co-benefits, and how…

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UC San Francisco: Tasty food that just happens to be plant-based

  • Case Study
  • Food
“ I don’t sell plant-based, I sell delicious looking and tasting food that just happens to be plant-based."  - Dan Henroid, University of California San Francisco Medical Center  The University of California San Francisco Medical Center is a signatory of the Cool Food Pledge, a new platform to help hospitals offer diners more of what they want while slashing food-related greenhouse gas…

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: Responding to customer demand

  • Case Study
  • Food
“I just wanted to send some quick feedback about the menu.  The new lentils dish along with the tofu today were both fantastic!  I also especially like when you have legume-based salads as part of the salad bar.  In any case, thank you so much for continually expanding the healthy vegetarian options!”  - Medical resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical…

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How Stony Brook University Hospital reduced pharmaceutical waste

  • Case Study
  • Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Less Waste
  • Waste
  The problem It is estimated that over 30 million people in the United States, or roughly 10% of Americans, have diabetes. About 30% of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes are managed with some form of insulin. Additionally, many critically ill hospitalized patients who have not been diagnosed with diabetes will require insulin while in the hospital. It is therefore no surprise that…

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