Hospitals are at the center of the health care system. Not only do they provide essential health services, but they play a critical role in supporting the wellbeing of the community. So, as the link between human health and planetary health is inextricably clear, hospitals have a responsibility to take direct action to reduce its environmental impact. 

The Canadian health care system contributes to 4.6% of Canada’s GHG emissions, with hospitals and other medical facilities being some of the largest contributors (1). Since Canada’s health care per capita spending per person is in the top quartile internationally, at CA$6,448, the efficient operation and maintenance of hospitals is a key priority for Canada (2). There are several ways health care workers  can make an impact, including improvements to facility infrastructure, switching to plant rich menus, procuring sustainable items, re-thinking transportation, reducing polypharmacy, and the implementation of efficient, environmentally-friendly best practices which are critical to reducing the environmental and financial costs of the health sector.


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Coalition Hospital Members and Partners

Hospitals and Long-term care facilities

  • St.Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
  • Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
  • University Health Network
  • Bluewater Health
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital (Hearst)
  • Quinte Health Care
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Women's College Hospital
  • St. Mary's General Hospital
  • Baycrest Hospital
  • Meighen Health Centre

Provincial Health/Multi-Site Organisations and Health Regions

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Fraser Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Covenant Health
  • Providence Health Care
  • Unity Health Toronto
  • Bayshore Healthcare

If your health care facility wants to be a part of the green health care community, become a member of the Coalition today and gain access to resources, networks and consultation to help your journey to sustainability.