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Greening Health Care
The health care sector is now 18% of the economy and one of the largest users of chemicals. That’s why greening the sector is so important, and a priority activity of the Ecology Center.
Our work to transform the design of the chemicals and materials used in health care so that they are safer for people and the environment includes advocacy, research and material development.
Here's a link to our latest project: The Safer Chemicals Challenge for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. More than 150 hospitals have signed on to the challenge to reduce toxic chemicals in products used in their hospitals.
A new report suggests that greening hospitals can actually lower costs. Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Cost Curve lays out the case.
Ecology Center staff organized and participated in three sessions at the recent CleanMed conference in Boston. The sessions, on "The Future of Materials," and "Implementing the Safer Chemicals HHI Challenge," will be available on the CleanMed website. Staff also helped organize a pre-meeting on safer flame retardants in health care. For more information, contact us!
See our press release and letter on removing flame retardants from products used in health care.
Press Release [PDF]
Letter to Vendors [PDF]
For more about our work:
With Health Care Without Harm
With Practice Greenhealth
With the Healither Hospitals Initiative
To see model health care chemical policies, see:
VHA/Novation Chemicals Policy
Premier Chemicals Policy [PDF]
Dignity Health Chemicals Policy [PDF]
Kaiser Chemicals Policy [PDF]