Frequently Asked Questions
Part A: About Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) and its Agenda
- What is Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH)?
- What is the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda?
- What is the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Fund?
Part B: About the membership
- Who can join GGHH?
- How can my Hospital, Health Care Facilities, Health System or Organization join GGHH?
- Where can I see if my Hospital, Health Care Facilities, Health System or Organization is already a GGHH member?
- Why is it important for the letter to have a contact person?
- Does the letter have to be signed by a Director?
- Is there a deadline to activate membership?
- Is individual registration allowed?
- Can private companies that are not healthcare providers join GGHH?
- Why should my organization consider joining GGHH?
- Can I invite others to become members?
- Can I use the GGHH name and logo?
Part C: About GGHH Connect, the exclusive platform for GGHH members
- What is GGHH Connect?
- What will I find in GGHH Connect?
- How do I obtain the log in information to activate the account of my institution on GGHH Connect?
- What happens if I forgot the password or I can’t start the session?
- What should be done if the contact person of an institution changes?
Part D: About the Case Studies
- Why is it important to make a case study about the work from my institution related to the Agenda Goals?
- How can I submit a case study?
- Is there another way to share information on the work of my institution?
Part E: About Measuring the Progress
- Is it necessary to implement all the actions from the Agenda Goals?
- Can I cancel my institution’s membership if we don’t reach the goals?
- How do GGHH members report and measure their progress?
- What happens if I don’t have Internet Access?
Part F: About the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge
- What is the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge (2020 Challenge)?
- Who can participate?
- How do I sign up for the 2020 Challenge?
- How will participants submit data and track their progress?
- Will participants be rewarded for their accomplishments?
- What happens with information I submit during the 2020 Challenge?
- How do I access the forms and data that I have submitted?
Part A: About Global Green and Healthy Hospitals and its Agenda
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals is a worldwide community of hospitals, healthcare systems and organizations dedicated to reducing the ecological footprint of healthcare operations, in order to promote environmental and public health. The Network is based on members’ commitment to implement the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese) by developing more sustainable practices and by measuring progress over time. The GGHH community shares solutions and best practices. GGHH is a project of Health Care Without Harm (www.noharm.org).
- Serves as an umbrella that brings ongoing healthcare sustainability efforts from different parts of the world together with a common vision and under a common framework;
- Highlights best practices and inspires their replication and adoption;
- Amplifies the good work going on around the world, including in places where it might be less visible;
- Offers tools and resources to facilitate the implementation of sustainability practices by hospitals, health centers and health systems;
- Provides a mechanism for members to measure their outcomes and report on their achievements; and
- Establishes a forum for hospitals and health systems to communicate as peers in this endeavor.
The Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda is a document that provides a comprehensive framework for hospitals and health systems around the world to green their operations and improve environmental and public health, while often reducing operating costs. Participation with GGHH’s network is predicated upon endorsing the Agenda and agreeing to act upon it. The Agenda consists of ten interconnected sustainability goals. It is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
While membership is free of charge, HCWH has established the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Fund to finance the development of this Network. Hospitals, health systems and organizations that can afford to make a contribution –large or small– are encouraged (but not required) to contribute to the Fund. Contributions are purely voluntary, but most appreciated. Resources from this fund will be used to further develop the network and, to the degree possible, provide technical support for low-resource hospitals and health systems around the world.
To contribute, please contact Joshua Karliner at email@example.com
Part B: About the membership
Four categories of members can participate in Global Green and Healthy Hospitals:
- Hospitals commit to: endorsing the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda; implementing at least two of its goals; and developing an action plan to continuously improve their environmental performance.
- Health Care Facilities commit to: endorsing the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda; implementing at least two of its goals; and developing an action plan to continuously improve their environmental performance.
- Health Systems commit to: endorsing the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda; encouraging individual hospitals in the system to join the network; working with individual hospitals and the system as-a-whole to implement at least two of its goals; developing an action plan to continuously improve of their environmental performance; and promoting environmental health at the policy level.
- Health Organization Members commit to: endorsing the Global Green and Healthy Hospital Agenda; advocating for the Agenda’s goals; publicizing the agenda through their networks and encouraging hospitals and health systems to join; developing an action plan; and promoting environmental health at the policy level.
To join or for more information, visit: www.greenhospitals.net/join-the-network/
A hospital, health system or organization can join GGHH by sending a letter of intent to participate in the Network. A sample letter can be found here.
All letters should be addressed to:
Joshua Karliner, International Coordinator
Health Care Without Harm
Rafael Hernández, 2649, Capital Federal, Argentina
Or you can email your letter of intent, preferably in pdf form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortly after submitting your letter of intent to join GGHH, you will receive a letter of confirmation and a welcome packet. The letter will provide you with the id and password of your institution to activate your account on GGHH Connect, the exclusive platform for GGHH members.
To formally activate the membership and receive the GGHH’s membership certificate, it is necessary to complete the profile form that can be found in GGHH Connect.
The hospitals that don’t have a stable Internet GGHH Connection can get in touch with GGHH’s office in order to activate their membership. If this is the case, please contact us to: email@example.com.
For more information, visit Join the Network.
The complete list of members is available here. If you work in a hospital, health system or organization that is already a member and would like to get in touch with the contact person of your institution, please contact us.
The contact person is the institution’s representative that is able complete the membership process and participate in GGHH and GGHH Connect, the communications platform for members, in the name of the institution. It is assigned by the authority of the institution that signs the letter of intent to join.
It is very important to maintain the data of the contact person updated for the members to receive the communications and news about GGHH and to keep accounts on GGHH Connect up to date.
No. The letter can be signed by your organization’s Director or by someone else with the authority to make a commitment to implement the GGHH Agenda goals.
While there is no official deadline, we hope you activate your GGHH Connect account, complete your profile and receive your certificate as soon as possible. Please contact us is you need assistance.
By joining GGHH, your institution joins a worldwide community of sustainable healthcare leaders. Together, the impact of GGHH’s member commitments to green their operations can add up to make a real difference in terms of global health.
GGHH will help its members to GGHH Connect and share with one another and will provide useful tools and resources on greening healthcare operations. Plus, the costs savings that changes can provide over time may enable a health care provider to invest in new health promoting measures or services.
Yes. We encourage you to share referral information regarding prospective members to the GGHH office. You can email this information to us at GlobalNetwork@hcwh.org. We appreciate the role you play as principle contact with the hospitals you reach out to.
Naturally you can use the name and logo but there are some necessary limitations on membership. Membership in GGHH does not bestow any sort of certification of a member’s hospital, system or organization as “green” and should not be used to imply certification. Members may identify themselves as members of GGHH but may not speak on behalf of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, describe themselves as representatives of GGHH, or use the logo on their official materials for purposes other than identifying themselves as members of the Network or without prior consent of the GGHH office.
Part C: About GGHH Connect, the exclusive platform for GGHH members
GGHH Connect is a powerful multilingual Internet platform built in collaboration with Cisco and Skoll Foundation. GGHH Connect provides a hub to catalyze and accelerate large-scale change in the health sector. Members from around the world, for the first time, are able to meet, teach, and learn from each other’s experiences, thereby accelerating achievement of our shared sustainability and environmental health goals in a borderless environment. For more information
In addition to global collaboration opportunities, GGHH Connect houses a myriad new resources and tools, to assist members in their work, including:
- Goal Communities—Members from around the world can meet, teach, and learn from each other’s experiences in a borderless, online environment.
- Team of Experts— Experts from around the world are online and available to answer questions, provide advice, and point members to resources to inform their work in each of the 10 GGHH Goals.
- Case Studies— A growing library of case studies provides a resource for members to learn from each other and the work happening on the ground in hospitals around the globe.
- Self-Assessment Dashboard— Coming soon, these checklists help members develop a baseline, document success, and track progress on each GGHH goal they are working on.
- Guidance Documents— Step-by-step actions and resources to support members in implementing work on Energy, Buildings, Water and Waste. Coming soon.
The activation information for your institution is sent with the Welcome Letter when your application is approved. If your institution is already a GGHH member and you haven’t activated your GGHH Connect account, please contact us.
It is very important to maintain the data of the contact person current for the members to receive the communications and news about GGHH and to keep the GGHH Connect accounts up to date. If your institution has assigned a new contact person, please send us the name, last name, email and phone to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Part D: About the Case Studies
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals encourages its members to share their case studies to highlight their successes and show their work experiences. Al case studies will be reviewed and considered for their publication on the GGHH website. You can download the case study’s template here. If need help, please contact us.
Sending a case study is very easy. First you can download here the template and, once it is completed with the information on the institution’s work, submit it to GGHH by email to- email@example.com.
Being a GGHH member means being part of a global community that facilitates the possibility of sharing experiences, questions, innovative strategies, challenges and information. We invite you to participate in the forums in GGHHGGHH Connect, the digital multilingual platform for GGHH members, where you can broadcast the work that is being done by your institution.
At the same time, there is a GGHH bi-monthly newsletter with information on the work being done by GGHH members. If you want to receive the newsletter, subscribe here. If you want to include an article, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Part E: About Measuring the Progress
No. When your institution asked to be part of GGHH, at least two goals from the 10 Agenda Goals were chosen, in which the institution commits to working. To help you implement those actions, GGHH has listed a series of action items that others have implemented to accomplish the Agenda Goals. If you find them useful, you can choose one or many of these actions or you can suggest others more appropriate to your situation.
You can cancel your institution’s membership at any time. If your institution has problem reaching certain goals or implementing concrete actions please contact us so we can give you support.
In the Case Study form, you will find some points to take into account as a baseline and register advances in your work. The form is available here.
At the same time, we are developing self-assessment tools that will allow you to set a baseline and track the progress of your institution over time. These tools will be available in GGHH Connect in 2015.
Members that don’t have Internet GGHH Connection or one they feel is not secure can contact the GGHH office to activate their membership. If that is your institution’s case, contact us.
The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge (2020 Challenge) is an initiative organized by the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) network to mobilize the health care sector around the world to:
- Reduce its carbon footprint
- Build resiliency to climate change
- Help lead the effort for a healthy climate
Participants in the Challenge will set targets to achieve these reductions and goals by 2020 and track their progress over time.
Hospitals, health care facilities, health, professional and academic organizations, and health systems (GGHH members and non-members) that sign the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge Pledge and agree to share data on their carbon reduction, resiliency and leadership initiatives can participate in the Challenge.
GGHH members and non-members that fit GGHH’s membership categories can sign the Pledge. Participants will be granted automatic membership in GGHH if they don’t have it. To sign up, your institution’s Director or an authorized leader from your health care institution needs to sign the official 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge Pledge. If you are already a GGHH member, the designated contact person can also endorse the Pledge.
Once the pledge is received, the organization will be notified within 5-7 business days of their approval and entry into the Challenge.
All participants will fill out data forms to set their targets for 2020 and track annual progress. These data forms will be accessible via an online internet platform called GGHH Connect. Upon entry into the Challenge all participants will receive an account on GGHH Connect and guides on how to use the platform and fill out their data forms.
Yes, 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge Awards will be distributed annually to participants who make significant achievements.
Participants will be eligible for awards in 6 individual categories. Those participants who achieve top awards in several categories will be entered into the running for the top award of Climate Champion.
Information on the awards will be available with the launch of the 2020 Challenge data forms in May 2015.
All information and data that an organization submits as part of the Challenge will be kept strictly confidential. The data may be used anonymously to aggregate averages across all Challenge participants. An organization and their unique data and progress will never be made public without prior consent of the organization.
Each participating organization will have access to a personalized dashboard on GGHH Connect where they will be able to access all of the forms they have submitted. In addition, graphs and charts will be available for each organization to visualize their data and the progress they are making each year.