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Over the last decade, Gundersen’s Envision program has made it a leader in healthcare innovation and sustainability. Envision included clean energy projects, energy efficiency solutions such as HVAC retrofitting, and waste reduction initiatives have lowered the system’s carbon and particulate matter emissions by 95% and diverted 64% of waste. Gundersen’s cost savings from Envision surpassed $24 million in 2021 and the program and their creative waste diversion practices have made them widely popular with patients and the La Crosse community. For instance, Gundersen donates over 500 meals a month as part of their food waste reduction program. The social and financial benefits of this program illustrate the astounding benefits climate-smart healthcare can provide.
A Success Story: Gundersen Health Systems
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1. Medical Students for a Sustainable Future. Climate-Smart Monthly, February 2021: A Declaration of Independence-Lessons from Gunderson