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Hospitals green champions are about to get a boost (Canada)
Article Type: News and views From: Leadership in Health Services, Volume 23, Issue 4
Keywords Environmental performance of hospitals, Healthcare communities, Green hospital champion fund
With the support of the Ontario government through the OntarioBuys initiative, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) established the Green Hospital Champion Fund (GHCF) to help Ontario’s hospitals improve their environmental performance and reduce operating costs through implementation of “green” projects.
As part of this initiative, the OHA recently completed nine pilot studies focused on identifying opportunities for hospitals, and their green champions, to improve their fiscal and environmental performance through energy and waste audits. Considerable cost-saving opportunities were identified in improvements to waste management practices, energy efficiency, building heating upgrades and water conservation measures.
Currently, the OHA is preparing to launch the next phase of the GHCF that will expand on the findings of the pilot program by offering funding for energy and waste audits through the GHCF Audit Program.
In addition to assisting hospitals to identify their opportunities for environmentally and fiscally responsible operational improvements, the GHCF Audit Program aims to establish a baseline of Ontario hospitals’ waste and energy performance and share best practices among the health care community. The GHCF Audit Program will be followed by a second program that will build focus on implementation of green projects that will support the reduction of energy use and waste in health care facilities.
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