By Jeff Ferenc, Senior Editor
Sustainability efforts in hospitals and health care facilities throughout the United States are gaining momentum, but the level of adoption is inconsistent or sometimes nonexistent because of a lack of commitment by hospital leaders.
The good news is that it can and does change. Educating leaders on sustainability’s benefits and generating some early financial victories can convince hospital decision-makers that greening a hospital is a sound business decision and can be a great one.
Those are among key messages from the “Greening America’s Hospitals” conference and panel discussions hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality in July.
The meeting focused on successes of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) as well as challenges hospitals face when trying to launch sustainability programs. HHI includes 11 leading U.S. health systems that serve as a free guide and source of expertise on launching and growing sustainability programs…