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Catholic Health Organizations Launch Ministry-Wide Effort to Raise Awareness About Global Climate Change
Date:10/7/2008

in the work and personal

lives of associates.

-- Collaborating with other organizations to build consensus and replicate

successful practices that decrease energy consumption.

Catholic health care organizations have an opportunity to take a leadership role in showing how hospitals and other health care organizations can reduce the use of energy and emissions that contribute to climate change. Some recent examples of initiatives by Catholic health systems and/or facilities include:

-- Purchasing only Energy Star-qualified computers.

-- Using wood from forests with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Certification in new construction.

-- Finding low/no cost measures in gas and electrical power to address

organizational behaviors that contribute to climate change.

-- Joining climate action registries.

This grant provides the Catholic health ministry another opportunity to advance the health of the communities it services by addressing crucial environmental concerns.

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's pursuit of the strategic directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. As the nation's largest group of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is committed to improving the health status of communities and creating quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. For more information, visit the CHA website at http://www.chausa.org.


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