Dear <<Name of Hospital Administrator>>,
As a patient of your hospital and a community member, I am writing to encourage you to join the Health Care Climate Challenge. I am concerned about the impact climate change is having on the health of my family, neighbors, and community.
The health impacts of climate change are already being felt across the United States. The impacts include increased insect-borne and heat-related illnesses; food and water scarcity; and injuries, deaths, and mental health impacts from more frequent extreme weather events. It is urgent that hospitals take steps to prepare for these impacts and build community resilience.
At the same time, the health care sector in the United States contributes 10 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. As guardians of community health, hospitals have both a responsibility and opportunity to act.
Will <<Name of Hospital>> pledge to reduce its carbon footprint, prepare for climate impacts, and lead the way to the low-carbon future by joining the Health Care Climate Challenge? The Climate Challenge provides hospitals with easy-to-use resources to help support climate-smart solutions.
Thank you for considering participating in the Health Care Climate Challenge, an opportunity for <<Name of Hospital>> to play a critical role in protecting the health of our community.
<<Name and City/Town>>