Our changing climate is not a distant threat, it is a reality that is impacting our health, well-being, and communities worldwide. Our communities need leaders to act boldly using innovation to reduce their carbon footprint, inspire their employees and communities to take action, and increase resilience to the threats posed by climate change.
Health care is responsible for 10% of U.S. emissions, and hospitals contribute to more than one-third of those emissions. If we can align health care development, growth, and investment with global climate goals, the 10% of the world economy that health care represents can help drive decarbonization and create a more equitable and healthy future.
Recent news stories about the coastal cities of Boston and Miami discuss the potential dangers these vulnerable locations will face in the climate crisis. To help hospitals lead this effort, Health Care Without Harm was proud to partner with the Florida and Massachusetts Hospital Associations on a series of webinars to educate their networks. Thanks to both hospital associations, we are able to share the recordings with you.
The Florida Hospital Association hosted a three-part webinar series, providing resources and solutions to track emissions and save money, strategies for engaging employees around climate and health, and recommendations to improve a facility’s resilience.
The Massachusetts Hospital Association hosted a webinar featuring a panel with three health systems that have already weathered the storm. Each panelist shared their experiences and best practices for creating climate-resilient hospitals.