The Link Between Community Health and the Environment
In educating people to adopt healthy behaviors, we promote eating right and exercising. In the same way we promote these actions, we should encourage environmental stewardship since the health of our environment affects community health. Many health issues are directly related to the quality of our water and air. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 1.3 million deaths a year result from urban air pollution (link). Furthermore, the healthcare industry is a significant consumer of energy and water and generates considerable amounts of waste. The industry has a responsibility to adopt sustainable practices in order to efficiently use its resources and minimize environmental impacts.