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
Climate Change: The Issue
Global climate change is no longer an ominous future threat but a dawning reality — one that is already creating disturbing shifts in the natural and human environment and is eroding the delicate balance of our planet's ecosystem and the species that depend on it.
Hospitals are resource-intensive enterprises that, as they operate today, contribute substantially to climate change while inadvertently contributing to respiratory and other illnesses. Because of its size and influence, the health sector can play a unique leadership role in mitigating the consequences of climate change — that is reducing its magnitude and consequences — by getting our own house in order. By doing so health care can create a series of health, economic and social co-benefits that improve the health of the population.
By reducing its climate footprint and moving toward carbon neutrality, the health-care sector can demonstrate the path forward in this age of global warming, thereby playing a leadership role in advocating for a healthy and sustainable future.
- 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