The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care traces its roots back to October 21, 2000 when 27 representatives from some of Canada’s largest health care associations and environmental groups met in Ottawa at an environmental educational day organised by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

Since then, the Coalition and its member groups have had a significant impact upon the greening of the Canadian health care landscape and have been involved in a very wide variety of local and national initiatives: mercury thermometer exchange events, the facilitation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) project with the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention, publications such as “Doing Less Harm: Assessing and Reducing the Environmental and Health Impact of Canada’s Health Care System,” “Coalition Notes” Newsletters, the “Building Green Hospitals Checklist,” and the Coalition LISTSERV.

The Coalition is very proud of its longstanding affiliation with the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society and the eight year association it has forged with the Ontario Hospital Association that has resulted in the development and launch of the Green Health Care Awards, the Green Education Sessions held at the OHA’s annual HealthAchieve conference, and Canada’s first and largest green health care trade show feature, The Green Lane.

Coalition directors are actively looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals (and their organisations) to engage and take ownership of a multitude of greening initiatives and assist in their development and deployment: corporate sponsorship, partnerships with vendors, government organisations, affiliates and educational institutions, government liaison, environmental legislation compliance, membership, education, workshops and marketing, web content, best practices, case studies, seminars, workshops and conferences.

The Coalition remains strongly committed the adoption of environmentally friendly and sustainable health care service delivery to complement the compassionate delivery of health care. Contact our Executive Director, Neil at neil.ritchie@greenhealthcare.ca or our Senior Advisor, Climate Change, Linda at linda@greenhealthcare.ca for more details.

We would like to thank the following organisations for their support in helping launch the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and for fostering green health care initiatives in Canada over the last decade:

Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto
Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2)
Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE)
Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES)
Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
Canadian Society for Environmental Medicine (CSEM)
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
Great Lakes United
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (HSC)
Ontario College of Family Physicians, Environmental Health Committee
Pollution Probe
RiverSides Stewardship Alliance
St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto
Women’s College Hospital – Environmental Health Clinic, Toronto
Toronto Environmental Alliance
University of Alberta Hospital
University Health Network, Toronto
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority – Laboratory Medicine Program