By Johannah Bjorgaard, Teddie Potter

HPHC board member, Johannah (Jo) Bjorgaard, and HPHC advisory council member, Teddie Potter, published nurse-lead research about healthcare decarbonization efforts. Human-generated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the largest contributor to climate change worldwide. In the United States, the healthcare industry is responsible for approximately 8.5% of carbon emissions. While measuring baseline GHG emissions is the first step in emissions reduction, very few measurement models exist for health care organizations. Bjorgaard and Potter’s research focused on creating a program to measure and track greenhouse gas emissions at a midwestern academic medical center.

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