Hospitals have opportunities to reduce waste, conserve resources and prevent pollution in order to create healthier spaces that enhance healing.
Hospitals in the United States generate approximately 6,600 tons of waste per day – 80% of it is considered non-hazardous solid waste.
From 2006 to 2008, San Francisco’s Department of the Environment managed a health care pollution prevention project through a grant from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The objective of this project was to create a healthcare working group that would share resources on pollution prevention and ultimately reduce the impact on the environment. The project involved:
The project was spun off in 2008 to become the Northern California chapter of Practice Green Health.
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