The Importance Of Green Hospitals In Achieving Sustainability: A Case Study Of Australia
Negative Impact of Hospitals on the Environment
Why should it be sustainable?
Healthcare sector supposed to be the leader and be an example to other sectors Main employers in community and have high onomic impact.Largest energy consumers and greenhouse gas emitters Produce huge amount of solid and toxic waste products Largest consumers of water and other resources Has a corporate social responsibility.
A sustainable healthcare system works within the available environmental and social resources, protecting and improving health now and for future generations. This means working to reduce carbon emissions, minimising waste & environmental pollution, making the best use of scarce resources, building resilience to a changing climate and nurturing community strengths and assets.”
Hospitals should be cautious about the footprint they create as it creates an impact on the health of the environment, employees and also the patients. Sustainable practices will ensure that the hospital saves time and money and at the same time, they will also gain return on investment.
Hospitals are not sustainable as they are creating an impact by way of dumping medical waste, wasting water and wasting electricity.This is ultimately creating an impact on the society, government patients and also the employees.
Wastage of energy Change in climatic conditions Emission of green house gas Generate huge amount of toxic waste (Shy-Lee, 2017)Possible Solutions Usage of lightings that consume less electricity Use reusable drapes and clothes Disposal of hazardous wastes through appropriate methods
usage of unwanted hazardous chemicals should be avoided (Faezipour, 2014)
Health of employees Health of patients Health of the society Lack of understanding of changing environmental condition Possible olutions Preventive measures Educate the patients about the serious health concerns Educate them of the simple preventive health measures Camps to educate the society (Ranke, 2015)
Increasing cost of equipments Meeting compliance requirements Compulsion to technology & innovation Pressure to reduce price and provide better service Possible Solutions Tie-up with government for funding Lease/rent equipments Sharing technology resources with hospitals (Nascimento 2017)
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Nascimento, G . (2017). Corporate sustainability practices in accredited Brazilian hospitals: a degree-of-maturity assessment of the environmental dimension. Revista de Administração. 52(1), 26-35
The essay would study the scenario in Australia The issues would be narrowed down and only few sustainability issued would be addressed.The impact of non-sustainable practices on the society would be analysed Few examples would be explored The role of government would also be explored.