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Less Water

Hospitals are the most water intensive facilities in the country with seven percent of all commercial and institutional use. Water conservation is quickly emerging as a high priority area of focus in health care. For this reason, Practice Greenhealth is rolling out a "less water" goal to help hospitals take on water conservation with short-, medium- and long-term goals. These resources will help you learn how hospitals in the U.S. and across the world are saving water, saving money, reducing their environmental impacts and improving their resilience to climate change.

Less Water Goals

Level 1
Goal Measure
Determine water usage baseline Gallons of water normalized by square feet of gross floor area
Level 2
Goal Measure

Reduce water use intensity by 10 percent from baseline year
(back to 2011) 

or

Reduce water use intensity to less than 43 gals/sq ft of gross floor area

Percent change in gallons of water used per square foot of gross floor area between baseline and current year

or

Gallons of water used per square foot of gross floor area in current year

Level 3
Goal Measure

Reduce water use intensity by 20 percent from baseline year
(back to 2011)

or

Reduce water use intensity to less than 33 gals/sq ft of gross floor area

Percent change in gallons of water used per square foot of gross floor area between baseline and current year

or

Gallons of water used per square foot of gross floor area in current year

Download Less Water Goals as a PDF

 

Less Water Toolkit

Introducing the Practice Greenhealth Less Water Toolkit. This Less Water Resource Toolkit provides you with a new Practice Greenhealth member-only benefit to help with your sustainability goals and daily challenges.

 

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