Environmental Sustainability
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How we do our part for the environment

What is sustainability?

 “[Sustainability] meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". (UN Brundtland Commission 1987)

Better environment – better health

One of the key determinants of a healthy population is the health of its environment. Minimizing IH’s ecological footprint is of key importance to our staff, community, and many stakeholders. Our commitment to environmental sustainability supports IH’s primary goal to increase the health and well-being of residents of the interior of British Columbia.  

We are recognized provincially and nationally for environmental accomplishments  and we have experienced firsthand that green initiatives are good for the environment, our communities, and our bottom-line.

How are we reducing waste?

Given that the health sector is a heavy user of resources, Interior Health has instituted recycling programs at many of its facilities with the aim of diverting waste from landfills. Work continues every day to find opportunities to reduce, reuse, and rethink consumable resources whenever possible.

What about green travel?

Interior Health is also a heavy user of fossil fuels due to the travel required to serve approximately 742,000 residents living within our 215,000 km² region. With the breadth of services provided, some staff are required to travel to clients’ homes to provide care. Plant maintenance and logistics staff travel between facilities and communities to ensure operations run smoothly and that all sites have the supplies necessary to provide care. IH works hard to ensure that travel is kept to a minimum and when travel is necessary, that it is done in the most efficient way possible. That means efficient schedules, as well as smart vehicles and fuel choices.

What about green buildings?

Interior Health is working hard to reduce energy consumption in its buildings. We are also committed to taking every opportunity to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint through creating green and  healthy buildings. This applies to major renovations as well as achieving a mandatory LEED® Gold design standard for all new construction.

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