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On behalf of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, we warmly welcome you to the Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare course!

We are excited to meet you, learn about what moves you to take action for environmentally sustainable health provision, and support your learning and activism.

Since 2008, CSH has explored methodologies and metrics to transform models of care. We work with key partners inside and outside healthcare systems to engage professionals, patients and the wider community in understanding the connections between health and environment, and to reduce healthcare’s resource footprint. We support moving the net zero target for CO2 emissions to 2030.

During the last 12 months, we have extended our full support to individuals, organizations, and movements across the world in calling for a Climate Emergency. This call highlights that since 1980 global greenhouse gas emissions have doubled, and that human activity has removed about half the wild birds, mammals, fish, invertebrates and insects on our planet. The health implications of this are clear and terrifying. As Healthcare Professionals we should not stand on the sidelines. We have a duty of care to our patients, communities, and the planet, and a responsibility to act. There is a huge amount to do and we are all needed. There are many important ways to make a difference.

This course is a learning journey that will enable you appreciate the urgency of these issues, and the resultant necessity to attend to the inextricable links between human and environmental health in every act of care that you perform or enable. It forms the basis for more specialized topics that we explore in other Sustainability School courses.

By the end of this course, we hope that you will be able to:

(1) Describe the links between disruptions of the earth’s natural systems and the protection of health

(2) Describe the principles of sustainable development for the health sector

(3) Identify effective case studies of sustainable practices in clinical care and facilities management

We look forward to working with all of you! Let’s get started.

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Global Health, Conflict and Violence

University of Bergen