Health Care Climate Challenge | FAQ
- What is the Health Care Climate Challenge (Climate Challenge)?
- What is Global Green and Healthy Hospitals?
- Who can participate?
- How do I sign up for the Climate Challenge?
- How will participants submit data and track their progress?
- What is GGHH Connect?
- What is Hippocrates Data Center?
- Will participants be rewarded for their accomplishments?
- What happens with information I submit during the Climate Challenge?
- How do I access the forms and data that I have submitted?
The Health Care Climate Challenge (Climate 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 and/or foster low carbon health care.
- 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 and track their progress over time.
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) is a worldwide community of hospitals, healthcare systems and organizations dedicated to reducing the ecological footprint of health care, in order to promote environmental and public health. GGHH is a project of Health Care Without Harm (www.noharm.org).
Each organization that joins the Climate Challenge will receive automatic membership in GGHH. For more information on GGHH and the Climate Challenge visit www.greenhospitals.net
Hospitals, health care facilities, health, professional and academic organizations, and health systems (GGHH members and non-members) that sign the Climate 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 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 10 business days of their approval and entry into the challenge. The organization will also receive a welcome pack with information and steps on how to get started.
All participants will fill out data forms to set their targets and track annual progress. These data forms are available via the Hippocrates Data Center, accessible via GGHH Connect. Upon entry into the Challenge all participants will receive an account on GGHH Connect and Hippocrates, as well as guides on how to use the platform and fill out their data forms.
GGHH Connect is an online, social platform that brings the GGHH member community to your fingertips to connect with leading hospitals, health systems, and health organizations from around the globe. It also serves as the hub to access all GGHH tools and resources including guidance documents on energy, water, and buildings, webinar recordings, case studies, and more.
Climate Challenge participants will have access to Hippocrates Data Center on GGHH Connect where they can fill out data forms, track their progress, and find information related to the Challenge.
The Hippocrates Data Center is a new, cutting edge resource that puts the power of data management, goal bench marking, and progress tracking into the hands of each GGHH member. Members can access data forms on the different GGHH sustainability goals, submit data from their institution, analyze the impacts and success of projects, and identify opportunities for the future.
Yes, Health Care Climate Challenge Awards are distributedannually to participants who make significant achievements. Participants are eligible for awards in 6 individual categories. Those participants who achieve top awards in several categories run for the top award of Climate Champion. For more information on the awards, click here.
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.
All information is submitted via Hippocrates Data Center, a new, cutting edge resource that puts the power of data management, goal bench marking, and progress tracking into the hands of each GGHH member. Housed on GGHH Connect, Hippocrates allows members to track, store, and visualize their data on a secure web-based platform.