Toolkits Designed to Help Health Care Facilities Reduce Energy

April 17, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

hospitalThe Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care launched two new interactive toolkits aimed at helping health care facilities reduce energy and water consumption.

The Coalition’s free GHG and Water Reduction Toolkit shows where reduced utility costs can help organizations meet their environmental targets through best practice checklists, GHG and water tracking and awareness campaign materials.

With the launch of the Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit, the Coalition is offering the first interactive, online resource on climate change adaptation specifically designed for health care facilities in Canada, providing a pathway to adapt to the risks of climate change.

Hospitals are some of the most energy intense of all commercial or institutional buildings. It is estimated the Canadian health care sector as a whole spends about $2.5 billion yearly on energy, which is used for facility heating, cooling and ventilation, lighting, operation of diagnostic and treatment equipment and food service.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment.

These new Coalition resources are targeted to those responsible for emergency or resiliency planning, physical plant operations, engineering and energy, food service, finance, purchasing, community health, compliance and security.

Photo: Hospital via Shutterstock

2 comments on “Toolkits Designed to Help Health Care Facilities Reduce Energy

  1. What follows me about this toolkit is that it says it’s for “healthcare facilities” but in reality it’s designed only for hospitals. How about clinics, nursing homes or even doctor offices, all of which could be considered healthcare facilities?

  2. As follow-up to Kenneth Glick’s observation, the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has been working on a similar resiliency toolkit for long-term care/nursing homes and non-hospital sites but as I am sure can be appreciated, funding for not-for-profits is always an issue. The will is strong, the budget lacking. But we will continue to work towards a version suitable for other facilities.

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