Community Development Innovation Review

March 2014

Energy to Heal: Health Care, Climate Change, and Community Resilience


Today, the health care sector has a critical role to play in both reducing climate change effects and improving the resilience of the communities it serves. In the United States and beyond, the health care industry is increasingly among the major energy consumers in any given region, and the industry is among the largest local employers in many areas of the country. Collectively, hospitals have begun to commingle their identities as consumers, industries, and citizens. They are exerting both upstream leverage on their supply chains and downstream influence on their employees and patients. Leading health care organizations are navigating shifting economics, patient expectations, and regulatory challenges to transform their practices to become leaders on a low-carbon development path and anchors for climate resilience.

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Other articles in this issue

Mixing Asset Building with Energy Efficiency: A Recipe for Financial and Environmental Sustainability

The Future of the Clean (Green) Economy

Cleaner Energy and Health: Household, Local and Global Benefits

Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits of Affordable Multifamily Buildings

Manufactured Homes Help Both Save the Planet and Save Money for Low-Income Owners

Utilities and Community Developers Partner to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Affordable Rental Housing Nationwide

Integrating Energy Efficiency into Mortgage Financing: Promising Efforts in the New York City Multifamily Building Sector

Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks: An Extended Abstract

Charter Schools Ripe for Green Investments

Financing Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Multifamily Rental Housing: A Progress Update from the Low Income Investment Fund

Neighborhood Health: A New Framework for Investing in Sustainable Communities

Bringing Down Green Financing Costs: How a State-sponsored Bank Might be the Key

Understanding the True Benefits of both Energy Efficiency and Job Creation

Can Cities Lead the Way in Innovative Energy Retrofits for Single-Family Homes?

Lenders’ Property Standards and Energy Efficiency: The Vital Link for Affordable Housing