Project Green Healthcare/Projet Vert la Santé

"In September 2020, Neil Ritchie, Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care was the keynote presenter for the Canadian Federation of Medical Student's (CFMS) Health and Environment Adaptive Response Taskforce (HEART) virtual conference on Planetary Health Action. This conference set the stage for the launch of their newest initiative, Project Green Healthcare/Projet Vert la Santé. Teams of medical students are empowered with a national community of practice and a financial grant of up to $2 000 to partner with their local hospital systems to design and execute green quality improvement projects across Canada.

As mentors for the initiative we are thrilled at the opportunity to share the projects of the inaugural Project Green Healthcare/Projet Vert la Santé cohort, along with an introduction to the project presented by its Co-Directors, Owen Dan Luo, a second-year medical student at McGill University, and Jacob Carson, a first-year pediatrics resident at Queen's University.






Introduction to Project Green Healthcare/Projet Vert la Santé by Owen Luo and Jacob Carson, project Co-Directors.





Dalhousie University - Halifax, Nova Scotia

DalMed Green Team - Establishing a green team network in Maritime hospitals. 





University of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON

The Ottawa Hospital Green Team - Hospital carbon footprint analysis.





McGill University - Montreal, Quebec

Inspire Sustainability - Launching an environmental sustainability website for healthcare trainees.





Western University - London, ON

Western Green Team - Improving waste management in the PICU 





University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Manitoba Green Team - Reducing waste in the operating room.





Queen's University - Kingston, ON

Queen’s Medicine Environmental Advocacy in Medicine Interest Group - Promoting active transportation in healthcare

2021 Projects






University of Calgary

Enhancing planetary health and green healthcare undergraduate medical education through the Climate Wise slides






Queen's University

Promoting active transportation to and from hospitals in Kingston, ON






University of Toronto

Improving physician knowledge of the Choosing Wisely recommendations through an environmental lens






McMaster University

Greening anesthetic gas use in Hamilton, ON






McGill University

Tracking hospital users' carbon footprint through an app






Dalhousie University

Launching interdisciplinary hospital green teams across the Maritimes