Global Green & Healthy Hospitals

Imagine a world where health services and organisations worked together for a more sustainable health care future…

Welcome to the Global Green and Healthy 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.

By joining the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network you are connected to a dynamic and supportive network of health professionals all working for the same agenda.

As of February 2021, there are 102 Global Green and Healthy Hospitals members in the Pacific region, representing over 1,790 hospitals and health services.


How can I get involved?

Do you work in a health service in Australia or New Zealand? 

Are you keen to deliver environmentally and economically sustainable health care but don’t quite know where to start?

You can join the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, it’s FREE and provides members, whether health services, institutions or health organisations, with resources and contacts to improve their health service by increasing environmental sustainability and reducing the cost of service delivery.


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Membership details

Contact GGHH Pacific to join

GGHH in the Pacific Region Overview

Case studies from Australia and New Zealand

Healthcare Climate Challenges

GGHH and Sustainable Healthcare Events


What does membership mean?

Member connection to GGHH is built around the GGHH Agenda that includes getting involved in two of 10 goals:

  • LEADERSHIP: Prioritise environmental health
  • CHEMICALS: Substitute harmful chemicals with safer alternatives
  • WASTE: Reduce, treat and safely dispose of healthcare waste
  • ENERGY: Implement energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy generation
  • WATER: Reduce hospital water consumption and supply potable water
  • TRANSPORTATION: Improve transportation strategies for patients and staff
  • FOOD: Purchase and serve sustainably grown, healthy food
  • PHARMACEUTICALS: Safely manage and dispose of pharmaceuticals
  • BUILDINGS: Support green and healthy hospital design and construction
  • PURCHASING: Buy safer and more sustainable products and materials

Being part of this network helps your organisation to benchmark and showcase your achievements through case studies published on the GGHH website and through the networks newsletters and enter the Green Health Challenge through which a number of Australian and New Zealand hospitals have received awards.

In addition, as many of the GGHH case studies show, organisations improving their sustainability consistently improve operational savings.

How do I join?

To join first work out your membership category:

  • Hospitals – Low, medium and High complexity 
  • Health care facilities (I.e. Community health centers; primary care facilities)
  • Health system members (private, public, private for charity)
  • Health, professional and academic organisations members

If you are unable to join the network but want to stay informed sign up to GGHH News List.
Individuals seeking to encourage employers or member organisations to join the network can contact GGHH Pacific at [email protected]

Begin your enrolment as a member of GGHH by sending a letter of intent indicating your support for the GGHH Agenda and/or a commitment to working towards two Goals (see membership categories here).

About the GGHH network in Australia and New Zealand

The GGHH network is an initiative of the Climate and Health Alliance’s (CAHA) 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.

A GGHH Pacific Region summary document is available here.

Australian and New Zealand Case Studies

Below are two case studies from Pacific Network members, examples of some of the many resources available through the GGHH network. More case studies from the Pacific Network, as well as international members, can be found here.

As of February 2021, there are 102 GGHH members in the Pacific region, representing over 1,790 hospitals and health services.

GGHH Pacific region members include: 


New South Wales

South Australia

Northern Territory



Western Australia


New Zealand


Learn more about how members are working to improve sustainability by viewing a list of member's environmental sustainability plans and strategies here.

Green Health Challenges

GGHH also runs the Green Health Challenges. The Challenges are data-driven initiatives, designed to help healthcare organizations commit to sustainability goals and track their own environmental projects and efforts.

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 the GGHH Project Officer in the Pacific Region via [email protected]

Get news and information - subscribe to the Sustainable Healthcare Newsletter

The Sustainable Healthcare newsletter will keep you up to date on the latest news, events and case studies from the sustainable healthcare sector. It also contains Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network updates, reports, resources and upcoming events. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Please click the links below to view our published newsletters. 

December 2020

October 2020

August 2020

June 2020

April 2020

February 2020

December 2019

October 2019

August 2019

June 2019

April 2019

February 2019

December 2018

September 2018

June 2018

February 2018

December 2017

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February 2017

September 2016

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May 2016

October 2015