Addressing Climate Change: We Can't Afford Not To

Elizabeth C. Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC, FAAN


Nurs Econ. 2019;37(1):6-8. 

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Saving Dollars

Not only do these actions reduce harm and help build healthier communities and workforces, but they save money in healthcare operations and supplies. Conservation of resources means less is purchased, translating to more dollars saved. For instance, energy efficiency efforts can save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for hospitals. When efficient processes are established to reduce waste, time and labor are saved, also contributing to the bottom line. When nurses work to recycle and segregate waste properly, the overall costs of waste management can be lowered by many thousands of dollars each year, while at the same time reducing risks posed by regulated waste materials. When reusable products are purchased and used, first costs may be higher, yet if they are used dozens or even hundreds of times, costs are saved over time. Establishing healthy food choices, gardens, and CSA shares not only contribute to staff satisfaction but may help keep staff members healthier. Supporting active transportation for staff can help relieve parking congestion and contribute to employee health.