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Healthcare Sector Leaders Urge Obama, Congress to Invest in Alternative Energy and Green Jobs in Healthcare
Date:2/2/2009

s through the prevention of illness and disease associated with fossil fuel emissions.

Health Care Without Harm has for 13 years led a "greening" movement in the health industry. This little-known voluntary effort has hundreds of the nation's leading hospitals and health facilities engaged in efforts to reduce their environmental footprint. In 2008, Health Care Without Harm created Practice Greenhealth, a rapidly-growing membership organization of health care facilities seeking information on developing sustainable operations.

"Although our members are working at all levels to become more ecologically sound, the current economic situation is stalling their ability to invest in new energy efficient building or installation of alternative energies" said Bob Jarboe, executive director of Practice Greenhealth. "Federal assistance would help us re-start some of these projects that have been planned but cannot proceed due to inability to obtain loans, funding cutbacks and other issues widespread in the current economy."

Both organizations also participate in the Global Health and Safety Initiative (GHSI), whose goal is to facilitate evidence-based improvements that advance patient and worker safety and environmental sustainability. "Health care is a great place to invest funds for energy improvements because health care is a growing industry, currently representing more than 16 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP)," said Bob Eisenman, PhD, executive director of the Global Health and Safety Initiative. "Health care, with a little help, is poised to be a leader in energy improvements and to demonstrate how an industry can improve itself and society."

The health sector leadership is working with the Senate to insert the initiative into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More information about the Alternative Energy and Green Healthcare Jobs Initiative is at '/>"/>

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