According to World Health Organization’s Public Health and Environment Department, hospital is one of the most energy-intensive industries. To mitigate and adapt climate change, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan, formed the Task Force on HPH and Environment (TF), under the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH) in 2010. Concerted effort has been made by the HPH, the Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and Taiwan to pursue environmental sustainability in the health care system.
To enhance the effectiveness in reducing carbon and facilitate idea sharing among HPH members, HPA organized the 1st and 2nd “International Environment-Friendly Hospital Team Work Best Practice Award” in 2013 and 2014, respectively. A total of 11 winning hospitals were chosen. Winners were invited to attend an award ceremony during the Symposium on HPH and Environment, taking place during the International HPH Conference of the following year. Aside from receiving the award, the winning hospitals also shared their experiences. To encourage more healthcare institutions to join the effort of promoting environment-friendly healthcare practices, this year (2015) HPA has continue to organize the award competition, with the hope of recognizing outstanding institutions as benchmark examples.
◆Eligibility Criteria：(Hospital should fulfill at least one of the following):
a. Members of the International HPH Network
b. General members of the Task Force on HPH and Environment
c. A member of the Global Green and Healthy Hospital Network (GGHHN)
November 20th, 2015 (validated by postmark date)
◆Best examples from previous years：
2014 International Environment-Friendly Hospital Team Work Best Practice Award