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Welcome to Green Guide for Health Care,™ the healthcare sector’s first quantifiable sustainable design toolkit integrating enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of healthcare facilities.


“The Green Guide for Health Care is a superb resource. It helps the leaders and managers of health care institutions “walk the talk,” promoting the health of patients, visitors, employees, community members, and the global community, while operating economically and efficiently. I hope that every medical center, hospital, and clinic in the nation gets a copy of the Green Guide, takes its lessons to heart, and joins the growing movement toward healthier, more environmentally friendly environments in the health care sector.”

Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H., FACP, FACOEM
Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Since its initial release in 2004, the Green Guide has fundamentally transformed healthcare facilities to align around 21st century realities of patient care and safety, environmental sustainability and public health. The Green Guide’s website offers a unique array of valuable resources:

  • access to free tools and documents customized for the healthcare sector
  • web-based registration for new construction and existing building projects
  • the GGHC listserve
  • the Green Guide’s innovative credit clearinghouse

The Green Guide has attracted 42,828 website registrants and supports 313 registered projects, with approximately 500 new registrants per month. The Green Guide’s international registrant pool has expanded to 113 countries; in North America, registrants are from every state and province.

Who we are and what we do

The Green Guide for Health Care, established in 2002, is a project of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and Health Care Without Harm. Through our volunteer committees, we develop and distribute healthcare specific and health focused tools, technical guidance and educational resources to support, reinforce and accelerate the creation, operation and maintenance of high performance healing environments..

Who are our registrants?

Registrants include healthcare executives, medical and design professionals, engineers, constructors, manufacturers, facility managers, government agency staff, academics and researchers, and service providers.

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