Practice Greenhealth is a nonprofit membership-based organization of 1,300 hospitals, businesses and community health centers in the U.S. and Canada. Its mission is simple but crucially important: examining how its member organizations’ operations impact their local communities and the staff they serve. Laura Wenger, R.N., Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth, says healthcare is nearly 18% of the gross domestic product of the U.S., but hospitals are one of the largest consumers of electricity and one of the biggest contributors of waste and pollution across the country as well. “Our goal is to help hospitals and communities incorporate sustainability,” Wenger says. “Sustainability can be incorporated into patient quality aim, sustainability should be incorporated into the aim focused on [our members’] communities and sustainability can be incorporated into the financial aim of the hospital.”

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