A Brief Guide to the Roadmap Website

The Roadmap is designed to help health care organizations map their journey on the road to sustainability. The content ranges from general information on relevant topics to specific measures for improving your facility's performance, organized under the Roadmap's tabs with (from left to right) general to specific information as described below:

Topics—An overview of topic areas, including Building Design And Construction, Commissioning, Energy (and emissions), Water (and effluent), Waste, Supply Chain, and Chemicals. Information in each topic area includes the following:

  • Why the topic is important for health care
  • Opportunities for improving sustainability performance measures in terms of environmental impact, financial benefit, and staff, patient, and community satisfaction
  • Compliance and risk considerations
  • Overview of target setting and action planning (details under Strategies)
  • Overview of relevant resources (details under Resources)

Drivers—A description of factors that might motivate a health care organization to develop a sustainability program. Information under this tab includes the following:

  • A number of drivers that may motivate your organization to action (e.g., energy costs and energy independence, financial drivers, community pressures, regulatory requirements, climate change, public relations, improved operations, social responsibility). This includes information on some possible barriers to action. Understanding your organization’s unique drivers will help you identify potential solutions and determine a relevant course of action.
  • A description of the regulatory environment, which may be the primary impetus for developing a sustainability program
  • Questions to ask, such as:
    • Is your organization ready to institutionalize a culture of sustainability in which related actions become second nature, similar to the way your organization provides safe, quality care or conducts responsible business?
    • What resources are available to get the job done? Successful programs require dedicated resources to achieve your sustainability goals—environmental excellence, financial viability (or better), and broad community participation and satisfaction.

Strategies—A guide and set of tools for strategic planning. Sections under this tab include the following:

  • Building Teams: A joint effort is critical to creating structure and leading strategies. To ensure employee engagement and project success, the Roadmap recommends a distinct set of committees with corresponding organizational responsibilities. This section also includes strategies for getting leadership support.
  • Planning the Journey: This Roadmap strategy includes establishing baselines, developing goals, and establishing action plans for your sustainability initiatives.
  • Ways to Fund Sustainable Solutions: A list of financing strategies is provided. Note: We are very interested in building this set of tools; please let us know if you have additional information to add.
  • Target-Setting Tools: Set goals for energy, water, and waste by choosing a basic, intermediate, or advanced path that is right for your organization.
  • Green Light Projects: This proverbial Top 10 list outlines suggested projects for each topic area that have been shown to improve performance and are relatively easy to implement.

Implementation—A clearinghouse of performance improvement measures (PIMs) to help you implement your action plans. Information includes:

  • Background, talking points, and anticipated “triple bottom-line” benefits to use as rationale and incentive for implementing a sustainability project
  • How-to guide, including a step-by-step process for implementation
  • Sample contract language for specifying environmentally-preferable products and services
  • Related codes, standards, and regulatory considerations
  • Case studies, if available
  • Commissioning information, if relevant
  • LEED and Green Guide for Health Care synergies
  • Resources and more

Note: At the bottom of each PIM page, there is a space for user comments and contributions.  You may vote on the usefulness of the PIM and add case studies, additional tools, and your comments. The Roadmap is committed to creating a community for sharing information and lessons learned as a way to support you in your efforts to get the job done.
Resources—The Roadmap library, with a set of talking points, a glossary, and additional resources


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