January 25th, 2023

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Order of Hamilton Awarded to the Coalitions Executive Director

Congratulations to the Coalition's Executive Director, Dr. Myles Sergeant for being awarded the 2023 Order of Hamilton!

The Order of Hamilton recognizes the exceptional voluntary contributions of individual Hamiltonians building a better and improved Hamilton.

View the recipients

Send in your toolkits!

The Coalition is currently working to create a listing of all toolkits related to green health care. This listing will be a go-to landing page for any health care organisation interested in learning how to create a more sustainable, climate resilient, and net-zero heath system.

We encourage you to please send us your toolkits so we can add them to this exciting new database!

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New Years Green Resolutions Panel

In the spirit of New Year's Resolutions, you are invited to join PEACH Health Ontario, CAPE and the OMA on February 8th at 8:00 PM EST for their first webinar of 2024.

Hear from Dr. Nate Charach, Dr. Teela Johnson, and Dr. Vineet Nair, three of their inspiring OMA section leads who have demonstrated commitment to “greening” their own lives. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion on living sustainably. 

Register here

OPINION: Hospital divestment from fossil fuels - does it make a difference?

Many investors argue that instead of divesting from fossil fuel companies, they will use their power as shareholders to positively influence fossil fuel companies. However, this has limited impact as we see fossil fuel companies continue to explore for more resources, expand production and lobby against climate action.


If your hospital is still investing in fossil fuels, is it also trying to influence those fossil fuel companies to wind down and phase out fossil fuel production? How’s that working? Is it time to draw the line?

Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative

Fact Sheet #2: Introduction to Battery-Powered Micro-Mobility

This document provides an introduction to Battery-Powered Micro-Mobility (BPMM), highlighting that Transport Canada repealed its definition, leaving provinces and territories to define and regulate BPMM devices.

The general consensus is BPMM refers to small, low-speed, battery-powered vehicles, including e-bikes, cargo e-bikes, and electric scooters.

The document also discusses the growth of BPMM rental services globally, outlining both the benefits and drawbacks, emphasizing safety concerns and the potential to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. It concludes by encouraging users to research, adhere to regulations, and use BPMM responsibly.

Read the fact sheet

Fact Sheet #3: Benefits of the E-Bike

This text highlights the growing popularity of electric bikes (e-bikes) and outlines their environmental, health, financial, and practical benefits. E-bikes contribute to reducing reliance on fossil fuels, offer health benefits through low-impact exercise, and are cost-effective in terms of transportation.

They provide practical advantages such as easier commuting, efficient navigation through traffic, and parking convenience. The text encourages exploration of the world of E-bikes, emphasizing their positive impact on the environment, health, and overall lifestyle.

Read the fact sheet
View the infographic

Webinar recording: Opportunities for Battery-Powered Micro-Mobility in Health Care

On January 18th, 2024 the Coalition presented the first webinar in our ZEVAI project series. We welcomed champions from the Yukon Home Care Program and  Hillside Home for Special Care (Nova Scotia), to introduce their successful e-bike initiatives and share how BPMM devices have aided health care delivery.

We also welcomed Jane Hu from Cycling Without Age Canada to share their story and detail how other organisations can get involved in the program.

Watch the webinar recording

To view additional resources and learn more about our zero-emission vehicle awareness initiative, visit our project webpage: https://greenhealthcare.ca/micro-mobility/


CCHL National Awards Program

Recognize and promote your outstanding leaders and programs!

The Canadian College of Health Leaders is inviting nominations for the 2024 National Awards Program. This is a great opportunity to recognize and promote the outstanding leaders and programs in your organisation.

Award recipients will be recognized during the College’s Honouring Health Leadership Event on June 2, 2024 in Halifax, NS.

Nomination deadline is February 1st, 2024.

Make a nomination

European Climate and Health Responder Course

Educating professionals and health care workers about the impacts of climate change on health is essential for enhancing preparedness, resilience, and fostering a proactive approach to safeguard the well-being of communities throughout the region.

The goal of this virtual course is to act as a flagship initiative to engage and educate the public health, wider health workforce, and other professionals interested in climate change and health to facilitate participation and engagement in policy and advocacy related to climate adaptation and mitigation.

Date: February 6th - April 9th, 2024


CECCS 2024 Sustainability Summer Internship Program

Interested in being part of the University of Toronto Sustainability Summer Internship Program?  

The Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability (CECCS) will provide up to $15,000 to non-profit community and government organisations to hire a full-time University of Toronto student or recent graduate (within one year of graduation).

The summer internship term periods start as early as May and extend to the beginning of the fall semester in early September.  

The deadline for host organisations to apply is March 1, 2024.

Apply today!

Summer institute on sustainable health systems applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2024 Summer Institute on Sustainable Health Systems!

This learning opportunity provides trainees in health-related programs with the opportunity to increase awareness of sustainable health systems and current action in Canada.

Through guided learning activities, meetings with local sustainability leaders and nation-wide panel discussions, the Summer Institute aims to develop trainee knowledge, leadership skills and capabilities, and build professional, interdisciplinary networks of trainees and professionals with shared interests.

Apply today!


Jump wins NHS England contract to develop carbon engagement tool


Sustainable tech company Jump has been awarded a £690,000 contract from NHS England to develop a healthcare-specific carbon engagement tool designed to encourage NHS staff to reduce their carbon footprints.

The funding has been awarded as part of the second phase of a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition, an Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) initiative championed by Academic Health Science Networks. The competition was run in partnership with the Greener NHS programme.

Learn more

'Green Cardiovascular Care' Needed to Protect the Environment


With the world facing unprecedented threats to the environment, it’s time to start thinking creatively—and taking real action—toward “green cardiovascular care” that produces less waste and responsibly uses resources, asserts a new editorial in the European Heart Journal.

There’s growing awareness that the environment, whether through temperature extremes, pollution, or other risks, affects human health. “But very few people think about the impact of health care on the environment,” said Sadeer Al-Kindi, MD, the paper’s senior author.

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Benchmarking of climate action governance framework in Québec, North America and Europe


A new study by the Dunsky firm assesses the performance of climate governance frameworks across 88 national and regional governments and evaluates 16 leaders among them in greater depth.

The analysis, which included a review of 39 individual indicators, makes it possible to:

  • Rank the governments among themselves and,
  • Help identify the strengths and opportunities for improvement that would enable each to do even better.  

The study was developed for the Quebec Ministry of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.

Read the report

The Global 100 list: How the world's sustainable corporations are driving transition

Corporate Knights

As 2023 came to a close, the World Meteorological Organization declared it to be the hottest year on record.

As the climate crisis exacts a punishing toll around the globe, we’re also getting better at solving problems. Corporate leaders are flowing a growing share of their revenues into investments that will accelerate the green transition, according to Corporate Knights research.

Now in its 20th year, Corporate Knights’ Global 100 ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies reveals the top firms that are increasing their investments in green solutions such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and the circular economy.

Learn more


Reduce your Hospitals Environmental Footprint and take the Coolfood Pledge


Nourish has partnered with the World Resources Institute to bring the Coolfood Pledge to Canadian hospitals. The Coolfood Pledge helps your organisation commit to and achieve a science-based target to reduce the climate impact of the food you serve. Across the globe, organisations serving 3.5 billion meals a year have signed up. Members are guided through a three-step approach: Pledge, Plan, and Promote.

Join the Canadian hospitals taking bold action to reduce their climate impact by taking the Coolfood pledge.

Take the pledge!

Release of RETScreen® Version 9.1

Version 9.1 of the RETScreen® Clean Energy Management Software platform is now available for download from the RETScreen website. This update has arrived with a number of salient new features to enhance the RETScreen experience!

One of the latest features is an automated Net Zero Planning Tool which further enables portfolio-wide decarbonization planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting – all available within one single multilingual platform. Learn more about the new tool HERE.


Energy & Emissions Reductions: Planning for Success

Join Greening Health Care for panel discussions with health care leaders on technical, management and organisational strategies, and with leading service providers on practical, outcomes-based partnerships which can deliver exceptional results.

Date: February 7th, 2024

Time: 12:30 pm EST

Register here

EV & Charging Expo 2024

Electric Autonomy'EV & Charging Expo, taking place May 1 and 2, 2024 in Toronto, is designed to enable organiations to make informed decisions and take concrete actions to transition to zero-emissions transportation.

It is also a meeting place to forge new connections and partnerships to accelerate change across industry sectors.

Register here

CHES 2024 Webinar Series

Dates and Topics:

  • February 14, 2024 - Ductwork Leakage - Effects and Efficiency Opportunities
  • March 20, 2024 - Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Harness Free Energy to Optimize Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Efficiency
  • April 17, 2024 - Beyond Directions: Designing Effective Wayfinding Systems for User Experience
  • May 15, 2024 - Climate Change and Mould in Your Healthcare Facility
  • June 26, 2024 - Retrofit for Sustainability
  • October 2, 2024 - Major changes in the 2022 edition of the Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance in Health Care Facilities Standard
  • October 30, 2024 - Applying the Z317.13:22 Standard to Renovation Projects
  • November 27, 2024 - Applying Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Hospital Maintenance Workers
Register here

Have you registered as an organ donor?

Contact your local organ donation agency and speak to your family about your wishes. You have the power to save and transform lives. Learn more and register to donate HERE.

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is Canada’s premier green health care resource network, leading the evolution of green in Canada’s health sector as a national voice and catalyst for environmental change. www.greenhealthcare.ca 

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