In the previous blog post, we discussed the harmful effects that U.S. health care systems have not only on the environment, but the physical and mental well being of everyday citizens as well. Therefore, the conjunction between the health care sector and renewable energy is clearly critical.
Geostellar is beyond excited to announce Solar Clinic, the first nationwide solar program specifically for health care systems, their employees and patients! Solar Clinic turns health care systems into providers of health care for the planet by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions generated in the communities they serve.
We’ve partnered with Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth to support and promote solar energy as a core service of health systems across the country.
The first health systems to offer solar energy are:
What is Solar Clinic?
Solar Clinic is an accessible, convenient, and simple option that allows healthcare systems nationwide to power their operations through clean and affordable energy. Here at Geostellar, we offer an accessible and simple online platform that takes the guesswork out of going solar. Participating healthcare systems receive discounts on installation, equipment and financing for their solar systems and for the systems of employees and patients.
Solar Clinic is not only designed to protect the environment, but boost economic opportunities and growth in the communities served by the partnering health systems. Each system is installed by qualified, local contractors under our promise of workmanship, equipment, and performance. Together through Solar Clinic, we can help our environment and communities become healthier and happier!
As the harmful effects of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions are increasingly seen in the health of American citizens and communities, researchers are looking to the nation's healthcare sector as a large contributing culprit. According to new research from Yale University, if U.S. healthcare were to be considered a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to 8% of the total emissions in the nation.
This startling statistic reflects the most expensive health care system in the world; vast amounts of energy is used in the form of electricity, heating, and powering advanced equipment 24/7. The research team at Yale also reported significant percentages of non-greenhouse gas effects, including acidification (12%), smog formation (10%), and respiratory disease from particulate matter (9%), that are attributable to the healthcare sector as well.
Furthermore, the health damage from the U.S. healthcare sector pollutants for a single year was estimated at 470,000 “disability adjusted life years” (DALYs) — a measure of years lost due to ill health, disability, or early death. Although some pollution from the healthcare sector is inevitable, there is a tremendous amount of waste that is in desperate need of addressing.