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Biden order catalyzes U.S. health care's transformation to climate-smart operations
We applaud the Dec. 8, 2021, executive order from President Biden requiring that federal facilities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set goals aligned with the administration’s overall climate goals, including achieving net-zero emissions across federal buildings, campuses, and installations. The order covers the Veterans Health Administration and Defense Health Agency hospitals and medical facilities and is an important step toward fulfilling the United States' recent COP26 Health Programme commitment to decarbonize the country's health system and ensure our health facilities and the communities they serve are climate-resilient.
Health Care Without Harm recently released recommendations for federal health facilities to move toward low-carbon, sustainable operations and procurement. The guidance will help facilities improve climate resilience and provide uninterrupted health care to the nation’s military and veterans, while simultaneously setting a standard for other U.S. health systems to follow.
In 2020, nearly all federal facilities with membership to Practice Greenhealth provided sustainability data for the organization’s annual awards and benchmarking programs.
About Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth
Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.
Working closely with Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to nearly 1,400 U.S. hospitals and health systems.