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Decarbonization Starts at the Top

This article details health care leaders’ critical role in reducing the carbon impact of quality patient care and specific actions to address health care greenhouse gas emissions.

Sampath B, Feske-Kirby K, Gerwig K. Decarbonization starts at the top. Healthcare Executive. 2023;39(5):44-47.

Health care leaders are uniquely positioned to reduce their health systems’ carbon footprints and foster more climate-conscious operations across the health care sector. This article describes actionable steps health system leaders can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through effective governance systems; diverse stakeholder engagement, including environmental impact as a key dimension of quality and safety; and establishing more sustainable supply chain practices.


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