CHA News Article

Sustainability Trends Catching on at Hospitals

“Hospitals nationwide are transforming their purchasing practices to avoid toxic chemicals, buy healthier food and beverages and become energy efficient and less wasteful,” said Gary Cohen, founder of HHI.

Other findings from the report include:

  • The majority of hospitals reported spending more than 15 percent of their food budget on local and sustainable food, with an average of $23.7 million spent in 2013 – a 350 percent increase over the previous year.
  • The purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages decreased, with more than 65 percent of hospitals reporting an increase in the purchase of healthier alternatives.
  • The number of hospitals demanding that upholstered furnishings not contain toxic flame retardants or other unsafe chemicals is on the rise. In 2013, they spent more than $688,000 on compound-free furnishings.
  • Hospitals continued to move away from disposing of medical devices after one use, saving $45 million.
  • Hospitals recycled more than 121,000 tons of materials, and an additional 29,200 tons of construction and demolition waste was kept out of landfills through reuse and recycling.

For more information about HHI or to download a copy of the full report, visit