Sustainable Hospitals: One Terrific Sign that the Green Economy is Flourishing

By path2positive

"Greening" hospitals is a job of its own. In fact, many of Climate for Health's partner organizations, such as Health Care Without Harm and the US Climate and Health Alliance are focused exclusively on addressing sustainability issues within health institutions, including working toward climate solutions. A recent study published in PLOS (Public Library of Science), a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication, reveals that environmental restoration equals economic restoration. As GreenBiz reports below, researchers conducted a national survey of businesses that participated in environmental work in order to estimate the number of total sales and jobs associated with economic improvement results. The study, Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecological Restoration Economy, affirms that the "green economy" is indeed flourishing. In fact, not only is it a $25 Billion industry, but it generates 220,000 jobs. “This study diffuses the jobs versus the environment debate we've had for years,” said George Kelly, chief markets officer at Resource Environmental Solutions, a large company that mitigates for ecological impacts. Health institutions are uniquely positioned to work on climate solutions, and sustainability issues in general, for that matter. Climate for Health is equipped to offer guidance to existing and emerging health leaders who may have an interest in engaging their institutions on climate issues.

Cleaning Up: This $25 Billion Industry Generates 220,000 Jobs


By Kelli Barrett I August 5, 2015

Powerhouse industries such as agriculture and energy along with their supporters in the U.S. legislature lined up to contest the recently finalized Clean Water Rule. As usual, their argument is economic: Expanding the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction, they argue, kills jobs.

The counter-argument is also economic: Regulation may kill some jobs, but it creates others — and in the long term, it provides the clean air, clean water and stable climate needed to support a healthy economy.

Now there are numbers to bolster that argument: According to a new study, “Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecological Restoration Economy,” environmental regulation is driving a $25-billion-per year “restoration industry” that directly employs more people than coal mining, logging or steel production — but fewer than oil and gas or auto manufacturing.

“People want to know big picture numbers on industries,” said report author Todd BenDor, an associate professor of city and regional planning with an environmental specialty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We basically find ecological restoration is a $9.5 billion industry employing about 126,000 people directly.”

On top of that, he found, the restoration economy indirectly generates $15 billion and 95,000 jobs, bringing restoration's total economic output value to nearly $25 billion.

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