Hi, PGY6 pulmonary fellow here working in a large East Coast hospital. I'm very passionate about sustainability and waste reduction, and am particularly alarmed by the big role the US healthcare industry plays in driving climate change (it produces 8-10% of US greenhouse gas emissions/year), driven in part by a huge huge amount of waste- not to mention electricity and water use. I'm looking to start up a sustainability committee at my hospital with the goal of working on 'green' initiatives and building momentum for a culture of sustainability across the institution. No small task, I know.
See my original question, but I'm basically looking for:
1) ideas for ways YOU have seen that have been successful in reducing waste at your institution. General examples: switching from disposable gowns to washable ones, default double sided printing, plastic -> compostable silverware in cafeteria, etc. Other ideas?
2) Opportunities for 'greening' that might be low-hanging fruit in whatever department or setting you work in.
Any other experiences or ideas in this realm would be much appreciated!
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