Towards a Greener Hospital

Oct 12, 2006, 4:12 AM, Posted by

RWJF, The Center for Health Design and Health Care Without Harm last month convened close to 50 experts for a two-day conference on Designing the 21st Century Hospital: Environmental Leadership for Healthier Patients and Facilities.  This meeting focused on the pending hospital construction boom and how health care facilities can lead the way in adopting environmentally friendly and sustainable practices.  Participants discussed strategies ranging from green energy purchasing and using non-toxic cleaning products to leveraging their buying power to drive the market to supply more—and more cost-effective—environmentally-sustainable products such as carpet tiles with PVC-free backings, PVC-free IV bags, and mattresses and curtains treated with alternatives to brominated flame retardants. The Wall Street Journal covered the conference and reported on its findings here.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.