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"COVID-19 is really showing us when humanity is united in a common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible." -Liz D...
04/02/2020
Health experts call pandemic a window into future climate threats

"COVID-19 is really showing us when humanity is united in a common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible." -Liz Diebold, Skoll Foundation

The coronavirus threat - and the responses to it - suggest the kind of challenges dealing with global warming may bring

In uncertain times we hold on to what is certain: Health care workers and the hospitals they serve need to be the first ...
04/01/2020
Curing hospitals’ addiction to the fossil fuels that make people sick - The Boston Globe

In uncertain times we hold on to what is certain: Health care workers and the hospitals they serve need to be the first protected and the last standing in times of crisis. Proactively building resilience into health care saves lives both in and outside the hospital walls before, during, and after disasters.

Green hospitals may be better prepared to deal with Covid-19.

Our dear friend Dr. Renee Salas writes, "I have broken down in tears at various points, especially as I grapple with the...
03/31/2020
What It's Like to Be on the Hospital Front Lines During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Our dear friend Dr. Renee Salas writes, "I have broken down in tears at various points, especially as I grapple with the weight of the shared fear and isolation of my patients. Yet this underscores why it has never been more critical to respond with selfless, loving service." ❤️

For an emergency department physician fighting COVID-19, the coronavirus crisis is a call to sacrificial service and shared hope.

"We have to mitigate our own carbon footprint, but then we also have to provide leadership in health care. Sometimes tha...
03/16/2020
Nurse Climate Champions lead hospital sustainability changes

"We have to mitigate our own carbon footprint, but then we also have to provide leadership in health care. Sometimes that’s educating patients and families, and sometimes that’s just turning out the light in the office."

The Nurses Climate Challenge is helping hospitals to reduce environmental impact and educate peers.

"The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency estimates that 1,100 people die each year in Washington due to outdoor air pollution. ...
03/09/2020
Cutting Washington greenhouse emissions will protect our patients, save lives

"The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency estimates that 1,100 people die each year in Washington due to outdoor air pollution. The good news is reducing emissions and transitioning to cleaner energy yields immediate benefits in the form of healthier air for all."

The first week of February, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 19 Washington counties as record-setting rainfall, severe flooding and mudslides caused evacuations, injuries and extensive damage.

"With $5 billion worth of pharmaceutical waste being churned out annually, harmfully impacting our ecosystems and oursel...
03/03/2020
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Pharma Waste?

"With $5 billion worth of pharmaceutical waste being churned out annually, harmfully impacting our ecosystems and ourselves, we are inching ever closer towards a public health crisis." Our founder joins others in speaking up about this crisis and some of the ways we're tackling it.

Words by Michaila Byrne Amidst the current public discourse surrounding sustainability and ethical practices, is the problem of pharmaceutical waste. From production to packaging, and from consumption to disposal, as the sheer magnitude of the waste problem intensifies, it is imperative that the pha...

03/02/2020
These Tree Campus Healthcare facilities are using trees to improve community health

🌳The health and community benefits of trees are undeniable. Check out these 16 beautiful health care campuses integrating trees, shade, and evergreen principles into their healing missions.🌲

The Tree Campus Healthcare program, first announced in 2019, recognizes health institutions that make a mission-aligned impact on community wellness through tree education, investment, and community engagement.

“Perhaps the intervention with the greatest potential for large scale population change is leveraging health care policy...
02/27/2020
Let food be thy medicine, and let thy provider pay for it

“Perhaps the intervention with the greatest potential for large scale population change is leveraging health care policy and systems change to support food interventions."

Food as medicine is not a new idea, but getting doctors to prescribe it and insurance companies to pay for it is certainly something new.

“This is one of those sweet spots where sustainability and cost savings go hand-in-hand.” Since the program’s inception ...
02/26/2020
Healing patients and planet with 1 cost-saving anesthesia adjustment

“This is one of those sweet spots where sustainability and cost savings go hand-in-hand.” Since the program’s inception in 2017, Advocate Aurora Health has reduced emissions from volatile anesthetic gases by 55%, saving the organization over $1 million in the process.

When Virginia Mason’s anesthesia technician Randy Johnson and staff anesthesiologist Dr. Ryan Pong learned that desflurane had a global warming potential 20 times greater than its alternative gases in 2015, they decided to work together on persuading their colleagues to reduce the use desflurane i...

“We have a moral duty to speak up about this." Dr. Lucy Marcil, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, joins others in...
02/14/2020
Doctors highlight climate impacts on hospitals, healthcare

“We have a moral duty to speak up about this." Dr. Lucy Marcil, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, joins others in outlining the ways (some not so obvious) the climate crisis is affecting all of us, particularly our most vulnerable communities.

BOSTON (AP) — Doctors and leaders of Boston’s renowned hospitals gathered Thursday to discuss how climate change is impacting their profession. The symposium at Harvard...

Love is in the air (don't forget to pick up those 🌷). And while you're at it, treat yourself, your colleagues, and your ...
02/13/2020
7 reasons you'll love CleanMed in the words of past attendees

Love is in the air (don't forget to pick up those 🌷). And while you're at it, treat yourself, your colleagues, and your planet to "the best melting pot for all those who care about health care's footprint."

Coming to Orlando May 12-14, CleanMed is "an opportunity to meet key decision makers in health care." It's "the best melting pot for all who care about health care's footprint." It's "the best conference I've been to." Their words, not ours (but we don't disagree).

As the climate crisis grows, medical students and physicians in training advocate for more climate curriculum and bolder...
02/12/2020
Future doctors want to put your health at center of climate crisis

As the climate crisis grows, medical students and physicians in training advocate for more climate curriculum and bolder climate action to protect your health and the health of your family. Now's your chance to advocate for them.

In recent years medical students and physicians in training have advocated for more climate curriculum and marched in solidarity with the climate strikes. Now some of them are hoping to bring their climate leadership to the next level with a scholarship to CleanMed, and you can help make it happen.

Video: Within the United States, Texas has seen some of the most extreme weather events in recent years. Join these Texa...
02/06/2020
Texas doctors warn climate change is impacting public health

Video: Within the United States, Texas has seen some of the most extreme weather events in recent years. Join these Texas doctors who draw the connection from those events to how climate change is and will affect public health in deeply personal (and preventable) ways.

Doctors in Texas say climate change is not only affecting the weather, but public health. The Texas Medical Association's 2020 Winter Conference included a climate change presentation from Dr. Robert Haley, an epidemiologist and professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. According to Dr. Haley, ri...

🎧 Check out this new podcast episode featuring Dr. Aparna Bole, Chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health. "Tell ...
02/04/2020
How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change

🎧 Check out this new podcast episode featuring Dr. Aparna Bole, Chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health. "Tell your children the truth, but frame it with hope. We have the ability to act on climate change right now."

Find out how to address your kids' concerns about climate change. Climate change affects all of us. Your children may have concerns. You want to be ab...

01/28/2020

Switching to renewables would help prevent at least 44,000 asthma attacks, 4,000 heart attacks, and 2,800 premature deaths in Ohio alone over the next 20 years. Imagine the lives saved and sickness prevented if the whole country makes the switch.

"Looking at injuries associated with climate change has been a blind spot in research." This new research from Imperial ...
01/15/2020
Climate change could lead to more injuries and deaths

"Looking at injuries associated with climate change has been a blind spot in research." This new research from Imperial College London, Columbia, and Harvard is changing that.

Researchers predict more people could die from drowning, car accidents, assault, and suicide

THIS is what sustainability in health care looks like in action. As told through one man's experience in the OR at Bosto...
12/19/2019
Inside A Boston OR, Surgery Shows Hospital's Steps To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

THIS is what sustainability in health care looks like in action. As told through one man's experience in the OR at Boston Medical Center.

Hospital operating rooms are among the most energy intensive spaces in Boston. But at Boston Medical Center, the OR has been renovated with a focus on reducing the impact surgeries have on the planet.

"Some people may see addressing climate change as a moral imperative. But as health care professionals, it’s much more t...
12/17/2019
The Climate Crisis is a Health Crisis

"Some people may see addressing climate change as a moral imperative. But as health care professionals, it’s much more tangible than that. The moral imperative to engage with the climate crisis grows out of the consequences we see for our patients.”

Hurricanes. Fires. Heat waves. They kill, they pack ERs, and they leave lingering legacies of toxic pollution, pulmonary complications, and post-traumatic stress – but they are just a glimpse of what’s to come unless the world makes an extraordinary course correction.

As 2019 soon ends, we pause to reflect and give thanks. This year saw global climate strikes, clinician climate champion...
12/16/2019
2019: Empowering health professionals, remembering climate disasters, and celebrating victories

As 2019 soon ends, we pause to reflect and give thanks. This year saw global climate strikes, clinician climate champions, hospital food redefined, and countless other health care & sustainability victories thanks to you and partners all over the world.

In two videos, our founder Gary Cohen reflects on the climate movement so far, thanks those who have gotten us here, and urges us to action for our health and the health our communities.

Last weekend eight leading health systems in the state of Washington committed to protecting the public from the health ...
12/11/2019

Last weekend eight leading health systems in the state of Washington committed to protecting the public from the health impacts of climate change, becoming anchors for resilient communities, and contributing to meeting the state’s climate goals. Find out more about the Washington Health Care Climate Alliance: noharm.org/washington-health-care-climate-alliance

12/10/2019
Build a healthier future with us

"The face of the climate crisis is no longer just polar bears and melting ice caps. It’s you. It’s your children. We at Health Care Without Harm are hopeful warriors for the future." Join us in the fight for your health and a more sustainable future.

12/03/2019
December 3: Tragedies, triumphs, and giving thanks

Deadly environmental disasters on Dec. 3, 1930 and 1984 helped galvanize the climate and health movement. Our founder reflects on this history and gives thanks to those who continue to fight for a healthier, more equitable future for all so that Dec. 3, 2019 is remembered for its triumphs and not its tragedies.

In a companion piece, Gary provides a deeper reflection on the Bhopal tragedy for its 35th anniversary: https://medium.com/@HCWH/bhopal35-756fcc99d91b

A new report with over 100 contributors from 35 international institutions concludes: "The worst effects will fall to th...
11/14/2019
Climate change will affect "every single stage" of a child’s life, health researchers warn

A new report with over 100 contributors from 35 international institutions concludes: "The worst effects will fall to the youngest, and most dire for them lie ahead." However, there is still time to act to mitigate some of the most severe consequences for our children and all future generations.

A baby born today will face higher risks of disease and undernutrition because of climate change, according to a new report in The Lancet.

11,258 scientists. 153 countries. 6 immediate action steps. 1 conclusion: "We're talking about the health security of mi...
11/08/2019
Experts: Climate Change 'Threat to Human Well-Being'

11,258 scientists. 153 countries. 6 immediate action steps. 1 conclusion: "We're talking about the health security of millions of lives. That should be sobering to most folks."

A global coalition of more than 11,000 scientists warns that planet Earth is facing a "climate emergency" that will cause "untold human suffering" unless drastic steps are taken.

If you're feeling disheartened by the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, these statements from faith gr...
11/07/2019
Statements from We Are Still In Signatories in Response to Withdrawal

If you're feeling disheartened by the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, these statements from faith groups, businesses, cultural institutions, and health care leaders should turn that around. As Ali Santore from Providence St. Joseph Health states, "We Are Still In for the health and well-being of our communities." ❤️

On November 4th, 2019, the Trump Administration formally notified the United Nations that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. In response, countless US subnational and non-state actors reiterated their support for the agreement and for climate action in the United States. B...

As extreme weather events and wildfires increase in frequency in the U.S., so too does the number of American climate re...
11/05/2019
Medical Evacuees From The California Fires: The ‘New Refugees’ Of Climate Change

As extreme weather events and wildfires increase in frequency in the U.S., so too does the number of American climate refugees. Hospitals and health care professionals continue to be on the front lines in this crisis, and many are calling for immediate action to mitigate and prevent future climate consequences.

A recent New York Times Op-Ed by Dr. Stephen Parodi, Assoc Director of the Permanente Group, describes medical evacuees from the recent California wildfires as the new "refugees of climate change."

Around the country, hospital workers see the health impacts of our changing climate on a daily basis. Here's what some o...
10/31/2019
Hospitals race to save patients — and the planet

Around the country, hospital workers see the health impacts of our changing climate on a daily basis. Here's what some of them are doing about it for your health and the health of our planet.

The global health care industry is responsible for two gigatons of carbon dioxide each year,

"For a lot of leaders who haven’t thought about climate as their issue, health is the entry point. Health is everyone’s ...
10/31/2019
Climate Council urges Congress to act on climate

"For a lot of leaders who haven’t thought about climate as their issue, health is the entry point. Health is everyone’s issue." - Lindsey Baxter Griffith of Senator Markey’s office opened the Council's visit with this powerful reminder of the day's significance.

The Health Care Climate Council, a leadership network of 19 U.S. health systems, is headed to Capitol Hill.

"The face of the climate crisis is no longer only polar bears floating on melting ice sheets. It is the nine out of ten ...
10/29/2019
For healthy people, we need a healthy planet - The BMJ

"The face of the climate crisis is no longer only polar bears floating on melting ice sheets. It is the nine out of ten people who breathe polluted air every day. It is the millions of climate refugees who have fled their homes due to flooding, desertification or other natural disasters. It the growing and shifting burden of disease. The climate crisis is, at its core, also a health crisis."

Mandeep Dhaliwal and Josh Karliner With every passing day, people around the world are increasingly feeling the devastating effects of our changing climate. Last week, Typhoon Hagibis swept through Japan, [...]More...

With warmer temperatures in New England, the resurgence of a deadly mosquito-borne virus is a stark reminder of how weat...
10/28/2019
Preparing for Disease in the Era of Climate Change

With warmer temperatures in New England, the resurgence of a deadly mosquito-borne virus is a stark reminder of how weather dramatically changes disease patterns and affects human lives. It’s time we protect ourselves, our families, and our communities and address this growing issue. Read more to find out how.

In August 2019, just eight days after being admitted to the hospital for altered mental status, the first Rhode Islander in nearly 12 years died ...

We must step up to solve the climate health emergency NOW. Members from a leadership network of 19 U.S. health systems a...
10/23/2019
Climate Council urges Congress to act on climate

We must step up to solve the climate health emergency NOW. Members from a leadership network of 19 U.S. health systems are doing just that this week on Capitol Hill.

The Health Care Climate Council, a leadership network of 19 U.S. health systems, is headed to Capitol Hill.

Changing the language of food. A chef-driven zero waste dinner. Reducing meat purchasing by 10,000 lbs. These are just a...
10/22/2019
Sacking the competition: Hackensack-Meridian breaks sustainable food records

Changing the language of food. A chef-driven zero waste dinner. Reducing meat purchasing by 10,000 lbs. These are just a few ways Hackensack Meridian Health continues to drive sustainable food in health care to a brighter (and tastier) future.

Hackensack-Meridian Health is satisfying customers and leadership while dramatically increasing healthy food options and decreasing their climate footprint.

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12355 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 680
Reston, VA
20191

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Welcome to the US and Canada’s Health Care Without Harm page! Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups. "First Do No Harm" ... Together with our partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. To that end, we are working to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease. Health Care Without Harm has regional offices in Reston, Virginia; Brussels; Buenos Aires and Manila. In other world regions, we work with Strategic Partners based in New Delhi, Durban, Dar es Saalam and elsewhere.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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Health Care Without Harm is an amazing organization.
I’ve joined with more than 400 health and medical professionals in signing a medical excuse note for the students striking for climate action on September 20. We are in a #ClimateHealthEmergency and need to act!
Dear Practitioners, We are excited to bring you The Electromagnetic Fields Conference 2019, September 6-8, the first conference of its kind this coming September in Santa Cruz, CA. If you are involved in patient care, you cannot afford to miss this conference. As a practitioner, you will walk away with exactly what you need to diagnose and treat the symptoms of radiation exposure from today's wireless technology.
HCWH friends: we (Energy Justice Network) just got a law passed in Baltimore that should force the nation’s largest medical waste incinerator to close! Check out the Baltimore Clean Air Act:
Happy to be part of www.OrganicforAll.org. A groundbreaking study shows toxic pesticides dropped up to 95% after one week on an organic diet! Organic can't be just for the wealthy, we need to make #OrganicForAll.
If you really are serious about HCWH, you will start preaching about Indoor Air Quality. This article in FORBES has disappeared, but you can see it once existed... the title speaks for itself.
How can we Partner with HCWH and get some enforcement of Fragrance Free Policies within the healthcare system as we have increases of Environmental Illness? Toni Temple wrote a hospital primer titled "Healthier Hospitals" and had a plan on disseminating across healthcare, unfortunately she passed in 2016. Healthy air is a right and fragrance products are a toxic choice. Please show direction and whom to get this started.