Healthy Hospitals, Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Addressing Climate Change in Health Care Settings (pdf)
HCWH's co-founder Gary Cohen is a recipient of the prestigious Skoll Award. This video, chronicling the evolution of HCWH's work, premiered at the 2009 Skoll World Forum. enlarge video
Many measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have surprising health co-benefits. This is above and beyond the benefits to come from reducing climate change itself. enlarge video
Health Care: Leading by Example
It is time for the health sector to respond to the reality of climate change by taking a moral and tangible leadership role in mitigation efforts around the globe, beginning with its own policies and practices.
No one knows the precise size of the health sector's global climate footprint, but we know that it is substantial. In all industrialized and many developing countries, provision of health-care services is a massive energy-intensive activity. The health sector is also a major consumer of water, computers, medications, food and other resources. This consumption enlarges the health sector's climate footprint beyond the mark made by energy.
Many health systems, particularly in Europe and North America, have begun to develop comprehensive strategies to reduce their climate footprint and move toward climate-neutrality. Many others are taking steps to address a particular aspect of the problem. Reducing the health sector's climate impact, however, is as complex as the broad diversity of health systems that exist in the world.
For instance, in many parts of the world it is necessary to improve the delivery of health care and this may require an increase in energy consumption. However, if such increases are accompanied by a focus on energy efficiency and the deployment of clean, renewable energy-generation technologies, then the delivery of higher-quality health care can coincide with a climate protection strategy.
- Climate Change and Human Health: Present and Future Risks (pdf)
- Best Environmental Practices in the Healthcare Sector (pdf) - A Guide to improve the healthcare sector environmental performance
- Energy Star program for Health Care
website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Healthy Hospitals, Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Addressing Climate Change in Health Care Settings (pdf)
Aims at addressing the climate footprint of the health sector
- IPCC Fourth Assessment Report
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Saving Carbon, Improving Health: NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England (pdf)
- Solar clinics in Tanzania (website of Solar Electric Light Fund)
- Stop Trashing the Climate
GAIA Report on Waste and Climate
- World Health Organization website for information about Climate Change and Human Health
Pendo Maro, Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, Health Care Without Harm, and Michael Wilks, board member of HCWH Europe, talk about how investment in reducing greenhouse gases produces immediate and lasting benefits to health. enlarge video