Health care in the United States has a huge effect on the national and global environments. Representing 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, the health care industry is a major consumer of energy and material resources and thus a major producer of waste and greenhouse gases.
The U.S. health care industry is responsible for close to 10 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, with most expecting that share to rise without action. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the health care industry toward better outcomes and value; climate resilience and sustainability efforts are a natural extension of this powerful work.
VITAL2022 will feature a climate luncheon sponsored by the Kresge Foundation as a part of an ongoing partnership to build climate resilience in essential hospitals. Join us for a buffet lunch June 22, from noon to 1 pm ET, where leadership from three Kresge Foundation grantees will present their ongoing work, followed by an open forum for members to discuss the current health care and climate landscape. Registration for this event can be completed during conference registration.