Talking green: making hospitals more sustainable around the earth

150 participants
October 2021
Dialog Health and the International Hospital Federation organize an online workshop on October 7th, 2021 on the challenges of Green Hospitals. With more than 150 attendees connecting from 26 different countries, this international event allowed participants to discover best practices and share their experience making hospitals more sustainable around the earth.
Six experts shared their hands-on experience making their hospitals greener:

- Dr Komatsumoto, the honorary director of the Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, shared how he built a next-generation green hospital in Japan, which has succeeded in creating a healing and resilient environment.

You can access a video case study that will take you to Japan here

- David Lawson, chief procurement officer at Guy's & St Thomas (NHS England) explained how hos teams built the business case to establish an off-site consolidation centre, and will explore how the new service model was implemented during the pandemic, and share learnings on how large electric trucks and a new river cargo service has become the new fleet of choice as they work towards a greener NHS.

- Dr. Ming-nan Lin, Vice Superintendent of the Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi General Hospital (Taiwan), a member of Global Green and Healthy Hospital (GGHH), shared their strong volunteerism practice of promoting a healthier plant-based diet, that involves not just the health care workers but even members of the community.

- Aline Coudray & Rudy Chouvel presented two French Hospitals experience with sustainable food practices : efficiently buying from local farmers, reducing and reusing food waste, distributing leftover meals, etc. Their engagement started by a work on food circuits, from finding local suppliers to increasing the quality of meals and finally reducing food waste tying together the interests of the patients, the staff and the local communities.

- Tide Voigt, Environmental Protection Officer at the Charité - University Medicine Berlin (Germany) presented the experience of the Infrastructure and Sustainability Management Department in mobilizing the workforce around Green challenges. Since 1989, the Department has been relentlessly working with nurses, doctors and all the professionals to reduce waste and be more ecological.

- Seema Wadwha, Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship for Kaiser Permanente (USA) shared how the group became the first carbon neutral health system in the country.

Direct Q&A and networking sessions allowed the international audience to proactively contribute to the discussion and share their experiences. All left energized and empowered with the confidence that hospitals, as anchor organization in the environment, have the potential to change the narrative on sustainability and promote best practices to make hospitals greener.

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