Sustainable Initiatives

Partners hospitals recycle the "blue wrap" material used in operating rooms, as seen above.

Partners HealthCare has made sustainability a top organizational priority. The Health Care sector utilizes energy at a far greater rate than many others. We recognize that this consumption is not sustainable, and are working to reduce our impact on the environment.

Through the creation of a master energy plan for all of     the hospitals and facilities within the system, we have committed to reducing our overall energy consumption    by 25% by 2013.

We are also a founding member of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a coalition of major health systems across the U.S. that have come together to improve sustainability and safety in health care. Locally, Dr. Gary Gottlieb, Partners' President and CEO, is the co-chair of the health care sector of Boston's Green Ribbon Commission, a group that brings together industry leaders to implement Boston's Climate Action Plan.

The sustainable initiatives taking place at Partners seek to improve health care delivery across three main areas:

  • Patient and Employees (Patient and employee health and safety)
  • Healthy Environment (Reducing our impact on the earth)
  • Resources (Controlling health care costs by using resources more wisely)

Learn about specific projects taking place at Partners, and how we implement them across the system.

Learn more about Partners involvement in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative.


John Messervy, Director of Capital and Facility Planning for Partners HealthCare, shares his thoughts about Partners' efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.


In the News

Partners HealthCare's John Messervy, a member of Health Care Without Harm's Health Care Climate Council, recently joined with executives from across the country by calling for an increased commitment from the health sector to take the significant and measurable actions around climate change.

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Partners HealthCare was profiled as part of a November 2014 Modern Healthcare article on sustainability in health care.

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All Partners HealthCare hospitals have won Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards for 2014. Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving safety and care.

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Partners Sustainable Initiatives Launches Bi-monthly Newsletter

Sustiainable initiatives headerLearn about sustainability across the system and how you can get involved with sustainable activities.

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Energy Star Recognition

Partners HealthCare has been recognized as a participant in Energy Star's 2012 Low Carbon IT Campaign. Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that supports businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. In addition, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a method for evaluating the effect of a product on the environment. It assesses lifecycle environmental standards and ranks products as gold, silver or bronze based on a set of environmental performance criteria. The Partners IS team has installed energy management software on 30,000 computers through fiscal year 2012 and 99 % of Partners desktop equipment is certified EPEAT Gold.


Energy Star recognition


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