Greening the Health System

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      The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland environmental stewardship committee: Green Team, is working hard to improve our impacts on the environment.  Nationwide, the healthcare industry accounts for 10% of carbon emissions, which are known to be the primary cause of climate change. Climate change is a health emergency!  As healthcare providers, as humans, we are responsible for helping people and this planet heal and stay healthy.  There are so many ways to do your part. The Green Team, a collection of staff from all areas of the hospital, is determined to create a culture of sustainability through education, events, and actions.  We have initiated a call to action to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost) throughout the hospital.  Whether you work directly with patients, alongside patient care staff, or behind the scenes, this effort will take the creativity, passion, and thoughtfulness of our entire hospital community. On behalf of Environmental Stewardship, we invite you contribute behind the scenes or as part of the committee to develop policies and practices that will lead to better health of our patients, staff and community.  Everyone can be an environmental steward – someone who takes responsibility for the impact they are having on the environment – by reducing waste, reusing responsibly, recycling whenever possible, and composting appropriately.  We hope you will accept this call to action. Interested in contributing to this page?  We want to hear from you!  Send suggestions for content, comments, submissions and appreciations to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

      Earth Day 2020 earth day tree of intentions
      April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The observance marks one day in which millions around the world make the environment a priority. As a children’s hospital we work every day to heal and keep children healthy, guiding us to a healthier future. Across our organization, every staff member is dedicated to serving in the best interests of children and families. As healthcare providers it is our responsibility to model environmental stewardship by changing our habits at work and at home. This year, in particular, as we shelter at home, is a time to appreciate and recognize our interconnectedness, and to acknowledge our impact on each other, wildlife, and our vast ecosystems. Over the last three years, the Green Team has asked BCH Oakland staff and visitors for Earth Day Intentions. Here is a sampling of what we’ve heard: single leaf with intention

      • I will ride my bike or carpool to work twice a week
      • I will use reusable flatware at work
      • I will use a reusable water bottle & coffee mug
      • I will reduce & reuse plastics
      • I will recycle & compost

      We hope these intentions have turned to into consistent actions, and invite you to think about your intentions this year. Please visit the UCSF Office of Sustainability for online Earth Day events, as well as informative and relevant environmental information for work and home.

    Take Action at Home:

      • Get out in nature. Whether you go for a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood, while social distancing, or sit on a patio, fresh air can boost your mood and your immune system!
      • Plant something. Whether you have a yard, a pot, or creative container, put your hands in some earth and plant something native to California.
      • Cook a vegetarian or vegan meal and share your recipe with friends.
      • Travel virtually to some of the Earth’s most beautiful places by taking virtual tours of five of America’s National Parks.
      • Have a movie night honoring the Earth. Here are a few suggestions: Everest, Gorillas in the Mist, Winged Migration, Moana, Interstellar, An Inconvenient True, Game Changers, and many more!

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