- According to a June 2016 study,
if the U.S. health care industry were a nation, it would rank 13th in
greenhouse gas emissions.
- While a previous study found the health care
industry caused 8% of the country’s carbon emissions, the new study
found these emissions caused 12% of acid rain, 10% of smog formation and
9% of respiratory disease from particulate matter in 2013.
- Moreover, hospitals are among the top 10 in their communities for water use and the single largest users of chemical agents. The volume of hospital waste is staggering — more than 2.3 million tons per year.
- By taking steps to limit these environmental impacts, the health care industry can promote the long-term health of our communities, particularly the most vulnerable populations. Read more
In collaboration with Dignity Health