Health Care Climate Council
The Health Care Climate Council is a leadership body of U.S.-based health systems committed to protecting their patients and employees from the health impacts of climate change and becoming anchors for resilient communities. As a group of diverse health systems from across the country committed to addressing climate change, the Climate Council uses its unified voice to set and track climate goals, share best practices with one another and the broader sector, and collectively advocate for policies that accelerate progress toward achieving climate-smart health care.
Health Care Climate Council members are leading-edge health systems driving the transformation to climate-smart health care through a three-pillar strategy:
- Mitigation: reducing the carbon footprint of health care delivery and using the leverage of supply chains to drive market transformation to a low-carbon economy.
- Resilience: preparing for the impacts of climate change by building resilient hospitals that serve as anchors for healthy, sustainable communities.
- Leadership: acting as critical messengers for communicating the health impacts of climate change and advocating for climate-smart policies at all levels of government.
The membership criteria for the Health Care Climate Council includes a commitment to integrating equity and justice values in the organization’s climate work and includes:
- Mitigation: establishing a baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and setting and publicly releasing a goal to be net zero by 2050 with an interim milestone to reduce emissions 50% by 2030.
- Resilience: incorporating climate risks into emergency preparedness planning and developing a climate resilience plan for continuous operations, including soliciting input and addressing the needs of community groups that experience disproportionate risk.
- Leadership: establishing leadership support, advocating publicly, and implementing employee engagement programs for climate action.
All Health Care Climate Council members are also members of Health Care Without Harm’s membership organization, Practice Greenhealth. Founded in 2008, Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to more than 1,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems. This learning community sets and tracks environmental goals and shares best practices to accelerate the collective progress toward climate-smart health care.
Climate Council members
- Advocate Health
- Boston Medical Center
- Cleveland Clinic
- CommonSpirit Health
- Gundersen Health System
- Hackensack Meridian Health
- Inova Health System
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Kaiser Permanente
- Mass General Brigham
- Northwell Health
- NYU Langone Health
- Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
- Rochester Regional Health
- Seattle Children's Hospital
- Stanford Health Care
- University of California Health
- University of Vermont Medical Center
Climate Action Playbook
The Climate Action Playbook captures examples of the many ways Health Care Climate Council members are moving toward climate-smart health care. The playbook is intended to inspire hospitals to engage further in climate action, and provide a vivid path forward to achieving measurable progress and outcomes.
For more information about the Health Care Climate Council, contact Emily Mediate, U.S. director of Climate and Health for Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.
Climate Council Advocacy
- Health Care Climate Council Requests CMS Waiver to use Inflation Reduction Act Funds for Renewable Microgrids (January 2023)
- Health Care Climate Council Supports Climate Provisions in Build Back Better Package (January 2022)
- Support for US Commitment to COP26 Health Programme (September 2021)
- Health Care Climate Council Infrastructure Recommendations Letter (May 2021)
- U.S. Call to Action on Climate and Health (2019)
- Health Care Climate Council Policy Recommendations (October 2019)
- Climate Change Puts Health Care in Harm’s Way (July 2017)
- Boston’s Health Sector is on the Front Line of Climate Change (June 2017)
- Leading U.S. Health Care Systems Remain Committed to Paris Agreement Goals (May 2017)
- Executive Order Targeting the Clean Power Plan a Major Setback (March 2017)
- Health Care Climate Council Disappointed in Recent Clean Power Plan Ruling (February 2017)
- Health Care Climate Council Calls for Climate Action to Protect Public Health (2015)
- U.S. Health Systems Join Paris Climate Change Talks (2015)
- Hope for a Healthy Planet: The Health Sector’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change (2014)