the-future-now:

Here’s how hospitals can heal through sustainability

  • According to a June 2016 study,
    if the U.S. health care industry were a nation, it would rank 13th in
    greenhouse gas emissions.
  • While a previous study found the health care
    industry caused 8% of the country’s carbon emissions, the new study
    found these emissions caused 12% of acid rain, 10% of smog formation and
    9% of respiratory disease from particulate matter in 2013.
  • Moreover, hospitals are among the top 10 in their communities for water use
    and the single largest users of chemical agents. The volume of hospital
    waste is staggering — more than 2.3 million tons per year.
  • By taking steps to limit these environmental impacts, the health care
    industry can promote the long-term health of our communities,
    particularly the most vulnerable populations. Read more

In collaboration with Dignity Health