Source: Julie Bird, FierceHealthcare

U.S. hospitals, which emit 8 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gases each year, need to do more to address climate change, according to a Health Affairs blog post. Reducing hospitals’ collective environmental footprint could save an estimated $15 billion over the next 10 years.

Lloyd Dean, President & CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health, recommends that hospitals employ the following practices in order to reduce their environmental footprint:

  1. Making environmentally preferred purchases
  2. Using safer chemicals
  3. Launching green building and resiliency initiatives
  4. Consuming less energy, water and raw materials
  5. Recycling
  6. Transitioning to renewable energy sources


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