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