Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Are you part of the Global Green and Health Hospitals (GGHH) Network

The GGHH network is a vibrant international community of hospitals, health systems and health organizations, dedicated to reducing their ecological footprint and promoting public and environmental health. The network connects and supports people leading the environmental agenda in healthcare institutions so they can share best practices and find solutions to common challenges.

GGHH is FREE to join. It is an initiative of the Climate and Health Alliance’s international partner, Health Care Without Harm. CAHA coordinates the network in Australia and New Zealand.

GGHH has its foundation in a comprehensive framework of 10 interconnected goals for the health sector to address and promote greater sustainability and environmental health. These goals are outlined in the GGHH Agenda.

Founding Network Members include the Sustainability Unit of England's National Health Service, the Indonesian Hospital Association, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Thailand's Department of Health, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative in the United States and individual hospitals in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nepal and India, and Australia.

Below are two case studies from Pacific Network members, examples of some of the many resources available through the GGHH network. 

GGHH also runs the 2020 Healthcare Climate Challenge campaign, which aims to mobilise health care institutions around the globe to protect public health from climate change.

If you would like to find out more about GGHH and/or share the sustainability achievements of your health institution, we'd love to hear from you. Contact Carol Behne, the GGHH project officer in the Pacific Region -, 0437 140 207.

2017 Healthcare Environmental Sustainability Forum

Eager to reduce the environmental impacts of your health institution?

This Forum is an opportunity for people from diverse health backgrounds to learn, network and collaborate, and ultimately to further our environmental sustainability in healthcare work.

Day one will address the rising cost of energy, offering alternative energy technologies, energy efficiency, and innovative solutions for healthcare. 

Day two will focus on local action and environmental change in the healthcare environment, waste minimisation and behaviour change.

Both days will provide a mix of presentations, research, innovation and case studies, culminating in a panel discussion focused on pertinent topic issues.

Attendees are invited to attend for one or both days.

Where: Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE), 176 Furlong Road, Saint Albans, VIC 3021
When: 1st and 2nd June, 2017

Cost: $40/day

Presented by the Institute for Healthcare Engineering Australia, Western Health and the Climate and Health Alliance, and supported by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, we hope this Forum has something for everyone. 

Click here to register, or contact us for more information.

Program details will be uploaded soon.

Recent Global Green and Healthy Hospitals News

  • Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Awards winners and finalists – Mater Misericordiae United and Uniting Care Queensland have been recognised for their achievements and leadership in environmental sustainability at the 2016 Premier’s awards in Queensland. Congratulations!

    Mater were announced as 'the best of the best' of all award entries, winning the Premiers Award for their Sustainability at Mater program.  Mater also won the Business Eco-Efficiency award and were finalists in the Minister's Award for leadership in Sustainability category. Uniting Care Queensland were finalists in the Business Eco-Efficiency Award category for their Sustainability Stewardship program. 

  • Australian and New Zealand Climate Champions receive global awards - We are extremely proud of three GGHH Pacific region members who, between them, have received five awards in three categories at the global 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge Awards. They have recieved the awards listed below for their commitment to achieving low-carbon healthcare, and protecting public health from climate change. Read a media release about their win here.
    • Counties Manukau District Health Board, New Zealand:
      • SILVER- GHG Reduction (Non-energy)
    • Kooweerup Regional Health Service, Australia:
      • SILVER- Climate Resiliency
      • GOLD- Climate Leadership
    • Mater Misericordiae Limited, Australia:
      • GOLD- Climate Resiliency
      • SILVER- GHG Reduction (Energy)

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