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Focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and delivering the significant health benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation to the communities we serve.

Co-Chairs: Gary Gottlieb, MD, President + CEO, Partners HealthCare and Kate Walsh, President + CEO, Boston Medical Center

Our new video:


L-R: Facility leaders from Tufts Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute,
Boston Children's Hospital, Partners Healthcare, Boston Medical Center,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Massachusetts General Hospital
discuss best practices in energy efficiency.

Download it (190 mb, MP4 format).
Download it (199 mb, WMV format).

Major initiatives include:
  • Leading Boston in understanding and responding to the many health benefits of climate action. For example, in the spring of 2014, Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women's hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) all met Mayor Marty Walsh's Carbon Cup Challenge criteria by already achieving, or committing to achieve, green house gas reductions greater than 25% by 2020. BMC is on track for a 42% reduction by 2018, BWH will hit 35% by 2020, and MGH has already reached 35% in 2014.
  • Energy/GHG Metrics: Virtually all the major Boston area hospitals, encompassing over 65 buildings with 23 million square feet of owned space, have entered 2009 through 2013 energy and facility data into EPAs Energy Star Portfolio Manager, completing a first-in-the-nation health care metro area energy and GHG data set. Fall 2014 will see the release of results of the GRC hospitals' combined 2011-13 energy efficiency projects, and the sector's energy and green house gas trending.
  • Strategic Energy Master Plans (SEMP): Based on work by Partners Health Care, participants created a uniform RFP for Simplified Strategic Energy Master Plans/Strategic MOUs. The document has been shared across all GRC sectors.
  • Leased Space: Based on Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centers demand ventilation reduction program, participants created standard language for institutional Landlord-Tenant-Utility agreements to advance energy efficiency projects in leased space. The document has been shared across all GRC sectors.
  • Energy efficiency and Clean Energy policy input to state, utility and municipal policy makers and governmental departments.
  • Monthly working meetings of facility directors from all the hospitals typically advance:
    • Sharing of best practice case studies and strategies for energy efficiency
    • Energy efficiency and clean energy policy
    • Leverage alternative financing, incentives and ROI tools
    • Coordinated research on clinical equipment energy consumption, in preparation for asking the manufacturers, such as GE, Siemens, etc. to create more efficient equipment
    • Ensure energy/climate action is part of community health improvement programs
    • Promote & Implement renewable energy systems

Supporting organizations include:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston Medical Center
Carney Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
Children’s Hospital Boston
Covenant Health Systems
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Faulkner Hospital
Heywood Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
MetroWest Medical Center
Newton Wellesley Hospital
North Shore Medical Center
Partners Health Care System
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Steward Health Care System
Tufts Medical Center

Health Care's GRC effort is coordinated by Health Care Without Harm-Boston, which works with health care providers to create 21st century health care delivery facilities, systems and process: resilient and regenerative buildings with sustainable practices that embed environmental health concerns.