Health Care Climate Council

Health Care Climate Council members are leading-edge health systems driving the transformation to climate-smart health care through a three-pillar strategy:

  • Mitigation: reducing the carbon footprint of health care delivery and using the leverage of supply chains to drive market transformation to a low-carbon economy.
  • Resilience: preparing for the impacts of climate change by building resilient hospitals that serve as anchors for healthy, sustainable communities.
  • Leadership: acting as critical messengers for communicating the health impacts of climate change and advocating for climate-smart policies at all levels of government.

The membership criteria for the Health Care Climate Council includes a commitment to integrating equity and justice values in the organization’s climate work and includes:

  • Mitigation: establishing a baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and setting and publicly releasing a goal to be net zero by 2050 with an interim milestone to reduce emissions 50% by 2030.
  • Resilience: incorporating climate risks into emergency preparedness planning and developing a climate resilience plan for continuous operations, including soliciting input and addressing the needs of community groups that experience disproportionate risk.
  • Leadership: establishing leadership support, advocating publicly, and implementing employee engagement programs for climate action.


All Health Care Climate Council members are also members of Health Care Without Harm’s membership organization, Practice Greenhealth. Founded in 2008, Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to more than 1,700 U.S. hospitals and health systems. This learning community sets and tracks environmental goals and shares best practices to accelerate the collective progress toward climate-smart health care. 

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Climate Council members

Advent Health
Advocate Health
Boston Medical Center
CommonSpirit Health
Hackensack Meridian Health
Kaiser Permanente
Mass General Brigham
Northwell Health
NYU Langone Health
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Rochester Regional Health
Seattle Children's Hospital
Stanford Health Care
University of California Health
University of Vermont Medical Center

Hope for a healthy planet

The Health Care Climate Council’s founding statement on climate change and health proclaims climate change to be one of the greatest threats to human health today. The declaration affirms the commitment of each member of the council “to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect and promote public health,” and calls on hospitals nationwide "to join us in taking significant and measurable actions that the mitigation of climate change demands."

For more information about the Health Care Climate Council, contact Emily Mediate, U.S. director of Climate and Health for Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.