Debate continues over ROI of sustainable practices in healthcare

Can sustainable healthcare facility construction and operation practices save more than $5 billion over the next 5 years? And if so, why aren't more facilities adopting sustainable efforts?

By Healthcare Facilities Today


Can sustainable healthcare facility construction and operation practices save more than $5 billion over the next 5 years? And if so, why aren’t more facilities adopting sustainable efforts? 

This is the question examined in the January Healthcare Design article “The cost of going (or not going) green.” Managing Editor Jennifer Kovacs Silvis looks at two differing views on the topic.

The Commonwealth Fund report “Can sustainable hospitals help bend the health care cost curve?” asserts that billions of dollars can be saved with sustainable practices. While a 2011 survey by the Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute and the Healthcare Institute of IFMA says that green initiatives are not being pursued because buying decisions are based on initial costs — and sustainable options are more expensive. 




January 17, 2013


Topic Area: Energy Efficiency , Sustainable Operations


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