Greening Health CareHow Hospitals Can Heal the Planet

Greening Health CareHow Hospitals Can Heal the Planet

Kathy Gerwig

Print publication date: Aug 2014

ISBN: 9780199385836

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

The relationship between hospitals and the environment is defined by a glaring contradiction: as health care facilities deliver care at any cost, their environmental footprint — pollution, waste production, unsustainable food services — contributes to harming community health. This online resource examines the intersections of health care and environmental health, both in terms of traditional failures and the revolution underway to fix them. Authored by one of the pioneers of the green movement in health care, it presents practical solutions for health care organizations and clinicians to improve their environments and the health of their communities. Topics include making food services sustainable, managing hospital waste, and relevant impacts/mitigating measures related to climate change.