Environment

Our Commitment To Environmental Health
Our Commitment to Environmental Health | Cleveland Clinic

Our Commitment To Environmental Health

The health of our patients and communities is dependent on the health of the planet and the diverse plants and animals that live on earth. According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 80% of health outcomes in the United States are determined by factors other than healthcare, with the physical environment (Indoor and outdoor) accounting for 10%.1 Globally, the World Health Organization has shown that 25% of health outcomes relate to the environment, so this issue is even more pressing around the world.2 Our delivery of world class healthcare services uses significant material and energy resources, so we take a proactive approach to managing our environmental footprint to minimize this impact and inspiring healthcare to do the same. Climate change, the use of plastics, exposure to industrial chemicals, food system structural issues and contamination of water and soil have significant impacts on health around the world. We are committed to mobilizing our more than 60,000 caregivers to lead by example and act as stewards of our precious natural resources for the wellbeing and resiliency of our surrounding communities.

"We promote sustainability as part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of all generations. We are only temporary stewards of our organization and of our planet, and it is the obligation of each of us, to preserve and improve them for our posterity.”

-Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, Cleveland Clinic CEO and President


1University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute, “Country Health Rankings Model,” 2019, accessed 25 July 2019, countyhealthrankings.org/explore-health-rankings/measures-data-sources/county-health-rankings-model.
2World Health Organization, “Priority Environment and Health Risks,” accessed 31 July 2019, who.int/heli/risks/en/.

Environmental Health Reporting

Environmental Health Reporting

Energy Conservation

By reducing our energy use and expanding our renewable energy portfolio, we contribute to a cleaner air future.

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Climate Resilience

In the face of a changing climate, we promote healthy, resilient communities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting carbon sequestration initiatives and advocating for a low-carbon economy.

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Waste Reduction

To safeguard the quality of our air, soil and water, we manage all our waste streams responsibly and minimize the waste we send to landfills.

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Healthy Buildings

We design our buildings using research-based design principles to minimize the impact of construction and make patients and caregivers healthier.

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Sustainable Procurement

We are evaluating our supply chain and working with suppliers to source products that are healthier for our patients, caregivers and the environment while supporting our delivery of affordable, high quality care.

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Innovative Leadership

We collaborate with governments, the healthcare sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities to drive innovation in sustainability and healthcare.

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Water Stewardship

Water is a vital resource for all life, and we take initiative to protect it through our conservation and stormwater management efforts.

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Office for a Healthy Environment

Office for a Healthy Environment

Cleveland Clinic is committed to healthy environments for healthy communities. Learn more about our enterprise wide sustainability office.

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