At VCH, our purpose is to come together as a collective team to deliver exceptional care and experience for all. Working towards environmental sustainability helps us to provide this quality care and experience for everyone. We are focused on planetary health, climate change and ensuring all parts of society and all populations can access health services and enjoy good health
The Energy and Environmental Sustainability team (EES) works closely with a range of departments across VCH to reduce health care's environmental impact, and to help improve the health of individuals and the communities.
Together, our purpose is to inspire and empower all we work with, to collaboratively enable systemic transformation, so that we can restore and regenerate the interdependent health of people, place and planet – now and for future generations.
In addition to our Environmental Sustainability Policy, collectively, we focus and report on the following areas in an effort to work towards environmental sustainability at VCH:
Active & Clean Transportation: Ensure a healthcare system in which employees, patients, and visitors commute and travel in a manner that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) -related pollutants, minimizes the need for onsite parking, and increases overall health and wellness.
Climate Risk and Resilience: Work in partnership with health system stakeholders and beyond to reduce the impacts of climate shocks and stresses, earthquakes, and pandemics on our hospitals, community health centres and long-term care homes, and to break the chain of cascading impacts on the services we provide in our health facilities and our broader communities of care.
Smart Energy & Water: Minimize energy & water consumption and GHG emissions to reduce costs and environmental impacts, helping ensure the health and wellness of our living environments
Workplace Leadership: Together, we will reach, engage, and inspire health-care staff to be leaders who share a commitment and passion for healthy, sustainable and thriving communities, workplaces, and environments.
Zero Waste & Toxicity: Minimize waste generated and toxic chemicals used by the health-care system and supporting operations
Founded by EES, GreenCare is a network that catalyzes and unites efforts within the BC health-care community to transform our health-care system toward environmentally sustainable and resilient care for healthy people, place and planet.
For more information and access to resources, stories and more, please visit the GreenCare community website.
If you have a question about environmental sustainability at VCH, please email GreenCare.