Green Your Medical Practice
According to medical researchers, the U.S. healthcare system contributes 10% of the nation’s carbon emissions and 9% of harmful non-greenhouse air pollutants.
As a result, private practitioners and hospital administrators alike are taking steps to green their office operations. The greatest impact medical spaces can have on reducing carbon emissions relate to:
- Energy Conservation
- Medical Waste Reduction
- Transitioning to Locally-Sourced, Plant-Based Diets
The following resources provide public health professionals with practical tools to develop strategies to increase sustainability and decrease their harmful impacts on people and the planet.
My Green Doctor provides practice management tools, tips for managing green teams, and green certifications for offices that excel in their sustainability efforts
Harvard University’s Green Office Program provides a comprehensive set of one-page green office operations guides, by subject
U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Office Guidelines and Workbook provides a thorough, step-by-step guide to greening your office
Health Care Climate Council’s Climate Action Playbook provides administrators with a comprehensive guide for greening hospitals, and specific examples of how large medical facilities have achieved their own sustainability goals
Health Care Without Harm’s Health Care Climate Challenge provides administrators of hospitals, health centers, and other health systems with a leadership pledge that recognizing industry leaders greening their institutions
Practice Greenhealth provides tools, data, resources, and expert technical support on sustainability in hospitals and other health facilities