Journal article

The Green Print: Advancement of Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare

Jodi D Sherman, Cassandra Thiel, Andrea MacNeill, Matthew J Eckelman, Robert Dubrow, Harriet Hopf, Robert Lagasse, Joseph Bialowitz, Anthony Costello, McGain Forbes, Rachel Stancliffe, Paul Anastas, Laura Anderko, Mark Baratz, Stefi Barna, Urvashi Bhatnagar, Jason Burnham, Yizhen Cai, Andy Cassels-Brown, Alexander FP Cimprich Show all



Healthcare is a major emitter of environmental pollutants that adversely affect health. Within the healthcare community, awareness of these effects is low, and recognition of the duty to address them is only beginning to gain traction. Healthcare sustainability science explores dimensions of resource consumption and environmental emissions associated with healthcare activities. This emerging field provides tools and metrics to quantify the unintended consequences of healthcare delivery and evaluate effective approaches that improve patient safety while protecting public health. This narrative review describes the scope of healthcare sustainability research, identifies knowledge gaps, introdu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This material evolved from the Workshop on Environmental Sustainability in Clinical Care, held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, April 6-8, 2018, co-hosted with New York University. This workshop was supported by grant 1818038 from the National Science Foundation, the Yale University School of Medicine, New York University Green Grants Fund, Yale University School of Public Health, Yale University School of Nursing, and the Yale University Office of Sustainability. This article represents the views of the authors, and not necessarily those of the supporters or author employers. The authors wish to further thank: Garrett Sendlewski for audio-visual support and Jennifer Vissagio for administrative assistance, both from the Yale Department of Anesthesiology; Amber Gerrard and Sarah Jane Compton from the Yale Office of Sustainability for providing printing and communications assistance; and Denise Meyers from the Yale School of Public Health for website development.