Green Hospital Scorecard

 ***For webinars, sector reports, and case studies from the 2016 GHS Program, click here.

Project Background

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. As a historic collaborator on the development of the GHS and on the OHA’s Green Health Care Awards since 2001, the Coalition was a logical choice to carry forward the delivery of the GHS.

The Coalition will again deliver the 2017 GHS program. Check out our Green Hospital Scorecard FAQ for more information.

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 environmental and economic benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved energy and water efficiency. The GHS allows 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 program 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 Scorecard shows a hospital's environmental performance in five areas: Energy, Water, Waste, Pollution Prevention, and Corporate Leadership. The GHS:

  • 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 by honouring select participating organisations with annual Green Health Care Awards.

See a copy of a sample Scorecard here.


Participation is FREE for Ontario hospitals! The survey collecting 2016 data will open in Fall 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

For returning GHS participants: In order to continue the legacy of the GHS and enable benchmarking and trending, the OHA needs to transfer historic GHS data to the CCGHC. Many returning participants released this information via a question in the 2016 survey. If you did not participate in the 2016 program, but were a participant in a previous year and would like past information appear on this year's scorecard, please contact

Information on how the CCGHC will handle data confidentiality can be found in the Green Hospital Scorecard FAQ


Guidance Documents

Click here to read the 2016 GHS Guidance on Interpretation of the Green Hospital Scorecard



Project Partners and Supporters

Ontario Hospital Association
Health Canada
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
Geraldton District Hospital
MASS Environmental Services Inc.

Coalition Project Members

Samantha Putoš, Sustainable Health Care Programs Manager - Project Lead
Linda Varangu, Executive Director - Project Advisor
Kent Waddington, Communications Director - Project Advisor

Project Contact

For more information, please contact


Samantha Putos
Sustainable Health Care Programs Manager