In this new series, Modern Healthcare reports on real-world environmental, social and governance initiatives taking shape across healthcare organizations.
CommonSpirit Health’s goal: achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. It has a big task ahead. The health system estimates it emitted 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2019, comparable to driving 815,000 vehicles or powering 478,000 homes annually.
"We can only do so many things at one time. So where do we start within our current reality of staff shortages and money issues and everything else? The end goal is [to] just keep moving forward," said Schelly Schlenker, chief advocacy officer.
The organization is employing a range of relatively low-cost tactics to lessen its environmental impact.