Green Healthcare was setup in the year 2000 by Huize Aarde, The Netherlands. From that year on a number of activities has been developed that promote a more socially responsible healthcare:
- aims at introducing or strengthening the concepts of sustainable development* within the human and veterinary healthcare.
- encourages the public and the healthcare sector to take their responsibility in order to lower their footprint on soil, water, air and food quality; and, consequently, their unwanted indirect negative impact on public and animal welfare.
- emphasizes micro-pollution because this is a major challenge for the sustainability of the healthcare sector. Tackling this invisible threat requires trans-sectoral collaboration by different links of the product chain - from product development to recycling.
- Green Hospitals - strengthening socially responsible management by healthcare institutes
- Green Health - consensus building for an integrated approach to pharmaceutical pollution
- MEDUWA - promote regional collaboration to lower pharma-pollution in soil, water, air, food
- SOSPharmaH - introduce Green Chemistry and Green Pharmacy in healthcare
For more information about Green Healthcare, please contact Huize Aarde.
* Green Healthcare integrates the following UN goals and action points for sustainable development in the 21st C. (Agenda 21): Ch. 4. Changing consumption patterns; Ch. 18. Protection of the quality and supply of fresh water resources: application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources; Ch. 19. Environmentally sound management of toxic chemicals; Ch. 23. Participation of Civil Society; Ch. 35. Science for Sustainable Development; Ch. 36. Promoting education, public awareness and training.