Greening Healthcare

The healthcare industry is a source of both healing and harm. Hospitals are home to a number of toxic chemicals that have adverse effects on patient and staff health and safety.

Center for Environmental Health works to support and strengthen hospitals in their efforts to be protectors of public health. As a leading member of Health Care Without Harm, a broad-based international campaign to address the environmental impacts of health care without compromising worker safety or patient care, we support the following goals:

  • Promoting comprehensive pollution prevention practices.
  • Supporting the development and use of environmentally safe materials, technology and products.
  • Educating and informing health care institutions, providers, workers, consumers, and all affected constituencies about the environmental and public health impacts of the health care industry and solutions to its problems.

Contact Sue Chiang, Pollution Prevention Program Director, 510.655.3900
x311, sue[at] or Judy Levin, Pollution Prevention Program
Coordinator, 510.655.3900 x316, judy[at] with any questions.

Upcoming CleanMed Conference

CleanMed, the global conference on environmentally sustainable health care, attracts a diverse mix of over 700 health care leaders, materials/purchasing managers, Environmental Health & Safety staff, nurses and providers, architects, designers, and medical and building product vendors from across the United States – to a program that inspires and activates environmentally preferable advances in health care. This year, the conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from May 11-13, 2010. For more information, please go to: Click here to read more about the webinar.