Green Healthcare

The Healthcare Research Collaborative was developed to assist hospital and health system executives with research to guide sustainable choices in healthcare design, construction, operations and organization. The Healthcare Research Collaborative is based at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, with a mission to stimulate the development, coordination and dissemination of research focused on the impact of the health care "built environment," operations, and organization on patient, worker and environmental safety and sustainability. This interdisciplinary approach reflects the growing understanding among healthcare leaders that patient, provider, and community health and safety are profoundly interrelated.  The Collaborative works closely with the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a group of hospitals that are leading the way on sustainability, and with Practice Greenhealth, a membership and networking organization for hospitals engaged in sustainable health care.

Research Agenda

  • Safety Integration

    Focusing on patient, worker and environmental safety

  • Decision-Making

    Production of evidence to provide a decision-making base for operations and construction of facilities

  • Evaluation

    Evaluation of the costs and benefits of proposed changes in new policies and practices, including initial capital investment, institutional life-cycle costs, and community impacts.

Research Collaborative Reports

Research Collaborative Presentations