The Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (the Coalition) recognize the mutual benefits to entering into a collaborative agreement to further the adoption of sustainable health care practices within the Canadian health services sector.
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care traces its roots back to October 21, 2000 when 27 representatives from some of Canada’s largest health care associations and environmental groups had an environmental educational day in Ottawa that was organized by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Since then, the Coalition and its member groups are proud of their significant impact and extensive involvement in the greening of the Canadian health care landscape through various local and national initiatives and publications: mercury thermometer exchange events, the facilitation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) project with the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention, publications such as “Doing Less Harm: Assessing and Reducing the Environmental and Health Impact of Canada’s Health Care System,” “Coalition Notes” Newsletters, the “Building Green Hospitals Checklist,” and the Coalition LISTSERV.
Strongly committed to the adoption of environmentally-friendly and sustainable health care service delivery to complement compassionate delivery of health care; this collaborative partnership will fulfill the mandate of Coalition directors who want enthusiastic and committed organisations such as the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment to join the Coalition in taking ownership of multiple greening initiatives by assisting in the development, deployment, integration and promotion of sustainable/green best practices through corporate sponsorship, partnerships with vendors, government organisations, affiliates and educational institutions, government liaisons, environmental legislation compliance, membership, education, workshops and marketing, web content, case studies, seminars, workshops and conferences.
This collaborative partnership together with our Stewardship Council members, staff, Interns, volunteers and supporters across Canada, will provide an extensive virtual platform for the sharing of ideas and resources; for lending support to those seeking to build a stronger, healthier and more sustainable health service delivery system and for improving access to best practice information, innovative goods and services that offer a clear environmental advantage to users within the sector, and to provide a venue for stakeholders to work together to reduce the negative environmental impact of health care.