Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we’re facing today. Extreme heat and cold, wildfires, droughts, storms and flooding have already had a negative impact on our communities and on health-care delivery across B.C.
While the effects of climate change on human health and health care delivery are clear, we also know that the health care system has a significant environmental footprint and actively contributes to climate change.
VCH Pillar: Planetary Health
Restoring, stewarding and conserving healthy ecosystems for generations to come.
We are working to adapt our systems and services to ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality care through climate events, while reducing the health care system’s environmental impact.
Embedding planetary health principles in all that we do
VCH is committed to embedding planetary health principles of environmental sustainability and climate resilience in all that we do, from changing business practices, to managing our facilities and the medical supplies we use, to moving to low-carbon care delivery.
Bringing together stakeholders and teams from sustainable clinical services, Public Health, and energy and environmental sustainability, we are facing these challenges head on and are committed to delivering resilient and environmentally sustainable care for the health of people, places and planet.
Our pillars guiding care
We believe in delivering exceptional care and our patients, clients and residents are at the centre of all that we do. Our vision and purpose inspire us and our values and pillars guide us.
Indigenous Cultural Safety
Committing to reconciliation and learning, and providing the best care informed by the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Promoting a sense of belonging where we can bring our whole selves to VCH.