In the United States, Catholic hospitals, medical centers and health care centers came together in 1915 to form the Catholic Health Association (CHA). Its goal was to support one another in the ministry to the sick, the poor and the vulnerable. Today CHA remains dedicated to serving the nation’s Catholic health care organisations and supporting the strategic directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy.
CHA is also a leader in the United States regarding environmental issues, especially the “greening” of hospitals. You are invited to see their publications, inviting and challenging Catholic health institutions to become better stewards of the environment.
In a recent publication entitled Environmental Sustainability: Getting Started Guide, CHA provides some great Green Tips. Here are some tips related to leadership:
What does leadership look like?
- Announces policies
- Develops an environmental mission
- Encourages dialogue
- Promotes/publicises your successes
- Develops an executive sustainability dashboard
- Identifies a lead person and committee structure for sustainability activity
- Apply for awards
- Develops a sustainability strategic plan and make sustainability part of the organisation’s strategic plan
- Reports annually to board of directors, staff and the community
- Develops a communication strategy
- Includes sustainability performance measures in leadership
- Includes in job descriptions, including the leaders!
For more great green tips: www.chausa.org
Submitted by Kathy Brown, Regional Coordinator, Caritas North America