GHG & Water Guide

About this Guide

Health care facilities are major producers of GHG emissions and often the most intensive users of water in their communities, yet many health care professionals are not aware of the environmental effects and many organisations do not rigorously monitor or limit their GHG emissions or water use. The unique challenge of delivering high quality health services while minimising environmental harm demands a specially tailored approach to improving awareness and encouraging adoption of better environmental practices.

To facilitate that change, this guide will provide health care organisations with a specialised package of educational materials, awareness tools and other resources.

How to Use this Guide

You can switch between resources related to GHG reduction and water conservation using the tabs at the top of the page. Use the tabs on the left side of the page to navigate between the different resources. Here is a quick summary of what resources are contained in each section, and how to use them:

Background - The Backgrounders are general fact sheets explaining the key facts of GHG emissions and water conservation, and why these issues matter for Canadian health care organisations. Educational webinars will also be posted in the Background section as the project continues.

Profile - The Profile section allows you to create, display, and download your organisations GHG emissions and water use profiles. Enter your emissions or usage directly to receive visualizations of your data and comparisons to national averages, or use the built-in GHG emissions calculator to get a picture of your organisation's GHG footprint based on relevant proxies and source emission factors.

Checklists - The Checklists section contains a wide range of lists of specific reduction measures that you can undertake to reduce GHG emissions and water use. You can use the checklists to brainstorm for new conservation initiatives, check off planned and completed measures to see how your organisation is progressing, and investigate sources of best practices in more depth.

Communications - The Communications Collateral Generator allows you to quickly and easily create high-quality awareness and promotional materials such as posters and one-pagers. Select from existing templates and easily add your own text, logos, and information to generate posters, one-pagers, sticky notes, invitations and more.

Resources - This section contains a searchable database of all the documents and organisations used to create the content in the Guide. Use the search and filter options to find fact sheets, case studies, white papers, research documents, helpful organisations and more.


This initiative was made possible by the support of our partners from across the Canadian health sector.