Hospitals to host Earth Day events emphasizing link between health, environment

April 02, 2016

Other hospitals have a number of events scheduled, some of which last the entire week.  From environmental movie screenings, to planting herb gardens for the hospital kitchen to use, making a greenhouse of recycled materials, to issuing reusable coffee cups to all staff, hospitals are using creative ways to celebrate Earth Day.  Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have also developed new materials with an Earth Day focus, including two new Power Point presentations on climate change for hospitals and others to use to incorporate into Earth Day events or to use during any presentation opportunity.  In addition, the two organizations held webinars using the Power Points, and those webinars have also been recorded and are posted on the websites for others to use.    

Earth Day is an important opportunity to highlight the links that are increasingly being found between environment and health.  Pollutants, toxins, and emissions are associated with a number of chronic and acute health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, cancer, and respiratory diseases. With round-the-clock operations, large waste streams, the operation of food services, and the use of chemicals and pharmaceutical agents, hospitals have a large environmental footprint.

"It is exciting that so many hospitals and its supporting business community are embracing sustainable health care," stated Gary Cohen, president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm.  "Hospitals know that prevention is the best way to keep people healthy, and their engagement in sustainability is really an expression of their mission to be responsible for their role in the health of the communities they serve."

SOURCE Health Care Without Harm