Climate/Transportation

Overview:

Climate/Transportation initiative addresses our ongoing efforts to combat climate change.  This initiative requires a multi-faceted approach and focus on such areas as fleet management, reducing fleet emissions, alternative fuel and local sourcing.  All of our healthcare sustainability initiatives play a role in reducing our carbon footprint and therefore assists us in effectively addressing climate change.  Transportation contributes a large share of greenhouse gas emissions and is a key producer of air pollution. Decreasing emissions from transportation will improve air quality and community health.  Our environment can truly impact the health of our patients, staff and community. We continue to pledge to promote healthier communities both locally and globally, and to be an environmental leader in all aspects of our building and operations in a manner that protects the environment and human health.  

Goals 2021:

  • Investigate metrics for facility greenhouse gas emission tracking
  • Create dedicated webpage to Climate/Transportation initiatives
  • Develop new renewable energy scope of work based on audit, include solar and electric vehicle charging stations

Highlights:

This past year, we significantly increased outpatient visits via telehealth reducing emissions.  Although we have not calculated the environmental benefit, we are currently looking at ways to quantify these metrics.  We were able to arrange for approximately 12% of our workforce to telework which was an effective emissions reduction strategy as well as COVID19 mandated infection control practice during the pandemic.

Recognition:

Practice Greenhealth (PGH)Top 25 Recognition Award - the Top 25 are healthcare leaders with comprehensive sustainability programs and an organizational culture focused on environmental stewardship. The Top 25 is PGH's highest honor for hospitals.  

Policies:

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Team:

Mike Cullen, Melissa Murphy, Jim Prudenti