Research shows that environmental factors
play a large role in population health: from the food we eat, to the
air we breathe and the water we drink. MD H2E's work is focused on
reducing the environmental footprint of hospitals and other health care
facilities so as to enhance the health of staff, patients, and community
Historically, the health care sector has been a large contributor to environmental pollution. Hospitals use, on average, three times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings, spending $8 billion on energy annually in the U.S.
Additionally, the use of toxic chemicals in cleaning solutions and fixtures, pesticide-laden non-nutritive food, non-renewable energy, wasteful practices, and generation of large volumes of waste are a few examples of standard hospital practices that negatively contribute to poor health such as asthma, cancer, obesity, and heart disease.
There is a need in Maryland's healthcare industry to address environmental issues and outcomes as they affect human health. MD H2E seeks to change the culture in Maryland hospitals and healthcare facilities, so that the pillars of sustainability are at the forefront of every day decision-making.
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