H7 – Policy Advocacy to Advance Sustainability Goals

Cumberland 5

As the only sector with a healing mission, hospitals and health systems bring a unique moral credibility to the public conversation about climate change and clean energy. Engaging in policy advocacy to support climate solutions can help them achieve their sustainability goals, as well as protect patient and public health. In addition to reducing emissions from their own operations, hospitals protect their patients and communities from the health impacts of climate change by advocating for local, state, and national policies that support a sustainable and healthy future.

In this session, panelists will discuss the importance of hospital policy engagement and how sustainability leads and hospital clinicians can build a relationship with their government affairs colleagues to advance institutional climate goals and climate leadership. Panelists from Health Care Without Harm and Ceres will describe advocacy resources and support that is available to hospitals and health systems. Two Health Care Climate Council members will also share their experience with policy advocacy and explain how this has helped them advance internal sustainability goals, increase clinician engagement, and promote clean air and community resilience.