On Earth Day 2022, we renew our commitment to environmental protection and the decarbonization of healthcare facilities.
The architecture of healthcare is only a small part of reducing the carbon footprint. It is the building and infrastructure, but it is much more than that. Sustainable architecture must be part of the systemic change that needs to happen. Are new facilities located to make them easier to get to and less dependent on cars? Can we move procedures into buildings in the community, closer to where staff and patients live?
Decarbonizing healthcare means that facilities must move away from a disposable ethic to using renewables whether they are glass tubes for pharmaceuticals or the laundering of linens. We need reliable and dependent systems that include zero carbon technologies in building design and infrastructure while still creating resilient facilities that meet the needs of those who visit them. Read more