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Sustainability Resources

Fact Sheets: Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern

Understanding the threats that climate change poses to human health can help us work together to lower risks and be prepared. Climate change threatens human health, including mental health, and access to clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food, and shelter. Read more

Why Using Safer Chemicals is Important                                      

Every day, patients and workers are exposed to a wide array of chemicals in hospitals and health care facilities.  More chemicals are used in health care than in any other sector. Many of these chemicals have been shown to have a lasting negative effect on individual health, public health and the environment. Learn more

Parent and Family Guide to Flame Retardants in Baby Products

As of January 1, 2014, 15 baby products* were exempted from having to meet flammability standards since regulators found the products do not pose any fire safety risk.  Read more

Flame Retardants

Many flame retardants are linked with serious health problems including cancer, reduced IQ, developmental delays, obesity, and reproductive difficulties. Read more

Saving Water In Hospitals  

Water used in hospitals and other health care facilities comprises 7 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States.1 The largest uses of water in hospitals are cooling equipment, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, and medical process rinses. Read more

PVC and Pthalates: Global Overview  

PVC (vinyl plastic) is used throughout health care in a wide variety of applications, from IV bags and disposable gloves, to curtains and flooring. Today it is the most commonly used plastic in medical devices. However, the use of PVC creates a number of environmental and health risks. Read more

Energy Conservation Resources

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration illustrates that buildings are responsible for almost half of the energy consumed and 38% of all GHG emissions in the United States. According to the EPA, inpatient healthcare ranks as the second largest commercial energy user after the food service industry.1   Click here to learn more.

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