Efforts to bring greater sustainability to healthcare operations continue, even as many organizations struggle under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sustainability efforts have focused on everything from increased energy efficiency and smaller carbon footprints to reduced waste from facility activities. For one group, these efforts increasingly will include accommodations for electric vehicles (EV).
The group is working to install more charging stations across the Midwest, according to WSAW. Despite the environmental and cost benefits of electric vehicles, there is still a lack of EV charging stations nationwide. The group is teaming up with 29 other EV cooperatives to create a regional EV charging network called ‘Charge EV.”
The network is searching for vendors selling affordable chargers to have them more widely available. For example, Aspirus Hospital introduced its first electric vehicle in order to reduce their carbon emissions footprint by 80 percent by 2030.
“It’s fiscal responsibility, it’s environmental health, and it’s protecting public health, so all three of those areas are spot on when we look at transitioning from internal combustion engines to alternative fuel,” says a hospital official.
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