Achieving energy and environmental sustainability is a priority for us becoming an efficient patient care provider by minimizing the environmental impact and creating healthy communities. We help achieve sustainability by focusing on three areas:
- Building healthy communities
- Establishing financial stability within the health authority
- Reducing our environmental impact
The four health authorities have adopted a common sustainability policy to help achieve these goals.We achieve economic and environmental sustainability through a reduction of resource consumption, improvements in facility design, and a culture of empowering staff to make daily decisions to improve processes and operational efficiencies.The Energy and Environmental Sustainability (EES) team focuses on the following areas to help improve the health of individuals by improving the health of the communities they live in.
- Culture of stewardship: Our staff work towards integrating environmentally sustainability into all aspects at work.
- Energy conservation & climate neutral: We work to reduce our energy consumption and our reliance on carbon producing fossil fuels.
- Zero Waste: Zero waste is about reducing consumption, as well as repairing, reusing and recycling products.
- Active & clean transportation: Active & clean transportation is when an individual commutes to work in any way other than single occupancy vehicle use. That is, by public transit, biking, walking etc.
- Regenerative design: Regenerative design creates buildings, systems and infrastructure that positively impacts society and nature.
- Water conservation & restoration: We focus on water conservation & restoration to help reduce water consumption.
- Sustainable supply chain: Supply chain sustainability is an organizational issue influencing the organization’s suppliers as well as material supply logistics network, all in context of environmental impact, risk, and waste costs.
- Zero toxicity: Zero toxicity helps reduce chemicals of concern, which are any toxic substances, synthetic or naturally occurring, which have the potential of negatively impacting human and environmental health.
- Healthy land & food: We focus on promoting the relationship between food systems, land use and prevention-based health care.
- Transparent reporting: We aim to raise awareness on EES strategies and objectives through public reports.
For more information on these topics check out the GreenCare Community website
. In 2010 Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Services Authority consolidated their efforts towards environmental sustainability. Working together enabled the creation of an Energy and Environmental Sustainability (EES) team, which is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of all the lower mainland health authorities.
The goal of the EES team is to unite the four health organizations in a commitment to reduce health care’s environmental impact, while increasing the health and well-being of British Columbians. This is done by nurturing the important link between human and environmental health.
We welcome your feedback on our targets and performance at GreenCare@vch.ca
- GreenCare Community for all resources and stories pertaining to efforts towards environmental stewardship.
- Programs and resources for a greater understanding on the various environmental sustainability initiatives and stories.