While Earth Day comes once a year, being environmentally conscious and using sustainable practices often require year-round efforts. As medical professionals, we all work to create healthier lives for our patients, and that often extends to ensuring that our practices do not harm the environment, all without sacrificing quality or cost-effectiveness.
In March 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a rule for standardized environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting for investors, which further pushes many organizations toward looking closely at their climate impacts and making them more transparent. [Read more about the role healthcare company boards can play in ESG reporting.]
In terms of key areas for healthcare organizations to focus when going green, the Green Business Bureau suggests five opportunities for improvement:
- Improving energy efficiency and adding alternative energy sources
- Redesigning transportation systems to be more eco-friendly
- Updating waste management to reduce the volume of supply and waste disposal
- Conserving water, often through low-flow faucets and toilets or upgrading to higher-efficiency HVAC and refrigeration systems
- Creating a company culture that highlights green goals and building training and engagement for employees.
Medical groups seeking resources for environmentally sustainable practices should consider MyGreenDoctor.org, a website with practical resources and information for healthcare providers who are interested in implementing environmentally sustainable practices in their practices. As an MGMA member benefit, MyGreenDoctor.org is an excellent resource for medical group leaders who want to save money while also reducing their facilities’ environmental impact.
One of the most significant benefits of utilizing MyGreenDoctor.org is the cost savings possible through environmentally sustainable practices. For instance, healthcare providers can reduce energy consumption and save money on their energy bills by implementing energy-efficient systems. Additionally, by reducing waste and implementing recycling programs, healthcare providers can reduce waste disposal costs. These cost savings can add up quickly and have a significant impact on the bottom line of healthcare practices.
Another benefit of utilizing MyGreenDoctor.org is the positive impact that environmentally sustainable practices can have on patient health. Healthcare providers can improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of respiratory problems for all by reducing the use of toxic chemicals and implementing safer cleaning practices. Furthermore, by promoting sustainable transportation options, such as biking or walking, healthcare providers can encourage patients and staff to be more physically active, which can have a positive impact on overall health and well-being.
MyGreenDoctor.org is an excellent resource for healthcare providers who want to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability to their patients and communities. By implementing environmentally sustainable practices, healthcare providers can demonstrate their commitment to the health of the planet by taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment. This can also be a powerful marketing tool and can help healthcare providers to attract and retain patients who value environmentally sustainable practices.
By reducing energy consumption, waste, and promoting sustainable transportation options, healthcare providers can reduce their environmental impact while improving patient health and well-being. With MyGreenDoctor.org as an MGMA benefit, medical practices can access practical resources and information that can help them achieve their environmental sustainability goals.
MGMA members can register today as a Partner Society Member using the discount code MGDMGMA to make this resource forever free and to save your practice $450 or more in the first year. www.MyGreenDoctor.org or www.MyGreenDoctor.es (en espanol).