US | Health System Takes Action to Prioritize Climate Change
Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, GGHH member and 2020 Challenge Participant and one of the United States’ largest health systems, wrote in Health Affairs Blog about the health care industry’s “moral responsibility to address climate change head-on.”
In this Blog Lloyd Dean discusses the role of the health care industry in leading the way to a healthy climate.
On hospitals reducing their carbon emissions and increasing use of renewable Energy, he states “Although progress has been slow, more and more hospitals are recognizing the importance of going green and hospitals are instituting sustainable practices. In fact, during the recent United Nations COP21 Conference on Climate Change in Paris,Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition that works to make the health care sector more ecologically sustainable, announced that 67 organizations, representing 8,200 hospitals and health centers from 16 countries, had pledged to reduce their carbon emissions by 2020.”
“… [Dignity Health has] pledged to increase our use of renewable energy to 35 percent by 2020, and to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020. We are pleased to announce that we are ahead of our goal to meet these targets by 2020.”
“Dignity Health will continue to advocate for aggressive strategies that will directly reduce the risk to public health. We want to inspire other health care organizations to reevaluate their policies with an eye toward promoting sustainability.”
- Read Lloyd Dean’s full article in Health Affairs Blog here.