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Hospitals should focus on sustainability for public, financial health, speakers say
Modern Healthcare

Fostering environmental sustainability isn’t about “tree-huggers from the ’60s”; it’s about promoting community health while bolstering a hospital’s financial health, according to speakers from the Healthier Hospital Initiative who spoke at a White House Council on Environmental Quality event celebrating the healthcare industry’s environmental successes. Launched in 2010, the initiative is working in some 500 hospitals to reduce the healthcare industry’s $8 billion annual energy bill while promoting recycling and serving more-healthful, locally grown food.