Climate change and its associated environmental and human health problems are our current global reality — a reality that we must all take action to address.
Health care is responsible for 4.6% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions and as such, contributes to and is impacted by our climate reality. By understanding and finding solutions to challenges that include energy and carbon emissions, material waste, water management, chemical use and transportation, there is much that we can all do to achieve better health and well-being for our environment, patients, staff and communities.
A network founded by the Energy and Environmental Sustainability team, GreenCare unites efforts across the B.C. health-care community to transform our health-care system toward environmentally sustainable and resilient care for healthy people, place and planet.
Efforts include work undertaken by the Energy and Environmental Sustainability team, by health-care and medical staff, and all together, in collaboration and partnership. Connecting and supporting diverse individuals and groups within Fraser Health, Providence Health Care, Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health, GreenCare amplifies and celebrates projects, programs and staff that advance environmental sustainability solutions in health-care delivery and population health.
The GreenCare website is a resource for the network and a home to communicate and celebrate all efforts.
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A collaboration team created in 2010 to ensure a regional approach to climate resilient and environmentally sustainable care is taken across these four health organizations:
To inspire and empower everyone we work with
To collaboratively enable systemic transformation
In order to restore and regenerate the interdependent health of people and planet — now and for future generations.
Mauricio AcostaExecutive Director,
Robert BradleyDirector, Energy and