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Environmental sustainability is everyone's story

At Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), our purpose is to come together as one collective team to deliver an except​​ional care experience for all. Working towards environmental sustainability helps us achieve that. With a focus on planetary health and climate change, our goal is to ensure everyone can access health services and enjoy good health for generations to come.

How we are working towards environmental sustainability

The Energy and Environmental Sustainability team (EES) works closely with a range of departments across VCH to improve health while reducing health care's environmental impact. Together, our purpose is to inspire and empower all we work with, to collaboratively enable systemic transformation, so that we can restore and regenerate the interdependent health of people, place and planet—now and for future generations.

Where we are focusing our efforts

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Climate change

Move towards a climate-resilient health system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in facility design and operations.

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Energy and carbon

Reduce our carbon footprint by increasing energy efficiency and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

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Leadership and innovation

Collaboratively build a culture of transformative leadership and innovation in environmental sustainability in health care.

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Develop plant-forward, local, culturally relevant and equitable food service to advance food as medicine.

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Choose materials and products that contribute to human and environmental health while avoiding waste and unnecessary chemicals.

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Increase access to and use of transportation modes that reduce negative environmental impacts and benefit human health and wellness.

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Minimize water consumption to reduce demand on natural resources and impact on our living environments.

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Our GreenCare network

Founded by EES, GreenCare is a network that unites efforts within the B.C. health care community to transform our health care system toward environmentally sustainable and resilient care for healthy people, places and the planet.

Visit the GreenCare website


If you have a question about environmental sustainability at VCH, please email GreenCare.

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