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The Green Hospital

Hospitals throughout the United States are going green to reduce their environmental impact. Among their features: roof gardens, solar panels and exposure to natural light.

By Linda Keslar // Illustration by Quick Honey // Fall 2007
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U.S. hospitals are feeling the pressure to go green, both from eco-conscious donors and government agencies’ increasing oversight of pharmaceutical waste disposal and other practices. Though building new facilities and retrofitting old ones to be eco-friendly pose economic and operational challenges, studies show benefits not only for the environment but also for workers (reduced stress), patients (shortened stays) and the bottom line (lower energy bills). Here are a few features of the green hospital

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