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GLRPPR Sector Resource: 50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America 2015

50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America 2015

No longer simply a place to heal sick people, many hospitals across the nation have taken on the responsibility of being a beacon of health in their respective communities by reducing their environmental footprint.This list features hospitals whose sustainability policies and practices (and in some cases, very construction) have demonstrated a commitment to environmental responsibility.

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review team conducted research and analyzed sustainability information from sources such as Practice Greenhealth, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

Specifically, the editorial team looked at Practice Greenhealth's 2015 Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards and Practice Greenhealth's 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards, which recognizes hospitals that achieved top scores in at least one of the following 10 categories: Leadership, waste reduction, chemical reduction, greening the operating room, sustainable food services, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency, water conservation, tracking and measuring greenhouse gas emissions and green building achievements.

Hospitals that have committed to all six challenges of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative -- including engaged leadership, healthier food, leaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals and smarter purchasing -- were also considered. HHI is a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the healthcare sector.

The EPA's National Top 100 list of the largest green power users and the EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award were considered as well.


Becker's Hospital Review

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