Hospitals in 17 countries tackle decarbonization & resilience: 38 case studies to inspire health care organizations worldwide

  • US & Canada

“It’s very exciting to be part of a strategy that is so ambitious and future thinking. It inspires us as health care workers to play our part in helping our district to achieve the goals we’ve set out.” – Amy Bernotas, Anaesthetic & Recovery Nurse, Hunter New England, Australia


Health Care Without Harm and partners convened health care organizations from 17 countries around the world to share their stories of proven practices and step-by-step guidance for dramatically reducing greenhouse gases and protecting life-giving resources while prioritizing patient care, health equity, and resilience.

Their stories are showcased in the Health Care Climate Learning Initiative: 38 case studies, featuring videos, photos, and graphics that illustrate their challenges, victories, and lessons learned as each finds their path to achieve net zero.

Together, their initiatives achieved more than $15 million in savings, proving that climate-smart health care is economically viable.

Many of the case studies’ authors are members of Health Care Without Harm’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) and Practice Greenhealth networks.

The case studies feature initiatives focused on reducing anesthetic gases in the OR, tackling Scope 3 emissions through purchasing decisions, saving electricity and water, switching to less carbon-intensive fuels, producing renewable energy, finding new ways to process hazardous waste, and more.

Explore the case studies & guidance and read the story behind this global initiative.

Support for this project was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions team. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.