The Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) is the only comprehensive health care benchmarking tool in Canada measuring energy conservation, water conservation, waste management and recycling, corporate commitment and pollution prevention. Participating hospitals report on their environmental and sustainability initiatives through a questionnaire and receive a Green Hospital Scorecard summarizing their environmental performance relative to their peers.
In 2013, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) developed and administered the Green Hospital Scorecard through the Green Hospital Champion Fund and supportive funding from the Ministry of Consumer and Government Services. That program ended in early 2016, and after an internal review the OHA decided to seek an appropriate organization to assume ongoing operation of the GHS. The Coalition has been a historic collaborator with the OHA on the development of the GHS since its inception, on the OHA’s Green Health Care Awards (past 15 years), and has a long history of effectively promoting environmental sustainability in healthcare, making it a logical choice to carry forward the delivery of the GHS.
Project Goals, Objectives, and Performance Results
The main purpose of the GHS is to provide a vehicle for standardized, sector-specific environmental benchmarking and to connect hospitals with environmental information that will assist them in achieving improvements resulting in environmental and economic benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved energy and water efficiency. The Project will allow for enhancement of existing benchmark data, refinement of collection methodologies and the creation of meaningful reporting data to inform the sector, hospitals’ executives and future conservation programming. The intent of the Scorecard is to raise the hospital organization’s awareness, motivate change, and incite improvements in the environmental sphere by recognizing each participating hospital’s achievements.
The Green Hospital Scorecard shows hospitals environmental performance in five areas: Energy, Water, Waste, Pollution Prevention, and Corporate Leadership. The Green Hospital Scorecard:
- Provides a high-level snapshot of the organization’s environmental performance against a backdrop of de-identified peer data.
- Helps identify potential areas for improvements to environmental performance and operational efficiency
- Informs target-setting
- Offers the opportunity to be individually recognized through annual Gold, Silver and Bronze level achievements.
- Encourages excellence in environmental performance by honouring select participating organisations with annual Green Health Awards.
See a copy of a sample Scorecard here.
Participation is FREE for Ontario hospitals! The survey collecting 2015 data is now open. If you would like to participate and have not received an invitation to complete the survey, please contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit data is February 3, 2017.
At this time, only Ontario hospitals are invited to participate. If you are interested in how we can offer this opportunity outside of Ontario, please contact Linda Varangu, at Linda@greenhealthcare.ca
For returning GHS participants: In order to continue the legacy of the GHS and enable benchmarking and trending, the OHA would like to be able to transfer historic GHS data to the CCGHC. OHA will only transfer data with hospitals’ permission (as requested in this year’s survey). Information on how the CCGHC will handle data confidentiality can be found in the Green Hospital Scorecard FAQ.
Check out our Green Hospital Scorecard FAQ for more information.
Project funding support provided by the Government of Ontario.
Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society Ontario Chapter
Independent Electricity System Operator
Ontario Healthcare Housekeeping Association
Natural Resources Canada – ENERGY STAR®
Natural Resources Canada –ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
Synergie Santé Environnement
University Health Network
Glengarry Memorial Hospital
The Hospital for Sick Children
Trillium Health Partners
Hamilton Health Sciences
The Ottawa Hospital
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Coalition Project Members
Samantha Putos, Sustainable Health Care Programs Analyst – Project Lead
Linda Varangu, Executive Director – Project Advisor
Kent Waddington, Communications Director – Project Advisor
For more information, please contact
Sustainable Health Care Programs Analyst