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Sustainability Journey Map

The Sustainability Journey Map & Resource Repository intends to support health care suppliers in initiating or accelerating their decarbonization and sustainability efforts.This interactive journey map outlines five key stages of the sustainability journey and provides links to best practices, resources, and toolkits.

Each stage of the journey map includes specific actions to be taken, along with potential challenges that may arise. The resources provided in the journey map will address those challenges. The journey map is circular, meaning organizations can revisit different stages to address regulatory, scientific, business, or other factors that develop while on their sustainability journey.

Background

Through their Supply Chain and Infrastructure Working Group, the NAM Climate Collaborative developed a series of actionable steps designed to empower health care suppliers in their journey toward sustainability. These steps encompass key milestones, each addressing distinct aspects of the sustainability journey. This resource is intended for any health care supplier, regardless of size, industry, or stage in the decarbonization process. However, it will be particularly useful for companies that have yet to begin their decarbonization efforts or have recently started.

Goals

The Sustainability Journey Map seeks to empower health care suppliers, regardless of their size or stage in the decarbonization process, by providing them with a comprehensive guide that spans across five key stages of the sustainability journey. By moving through this journey, suppliers should expect to:

  • Enhance their understanding and compliance with environmental regulations
  • Integrate sustainability into their organization through effective governance structures, strategic planning, and promoting leadership commitment and accountability
  • Reduce carbon emissions within their organizations’ direct operations and energy use
  • Extend beyond organizational boundaries, addressing emissions within the entire value chain
  • Emphasize continuous improvement, fostering a culture of innovation and transparency while driving resilience in the face of evolving challenges

In summary, the Sustainability Journey Map is a dynamic resource designed to guide health care suppliers on a path towards a more sustainable future.

Journey Map Instructions

An interactive web-based version of the journey map can be accessed below. The interactive journey map is also accessible on mobile devices. Once the journey map has been launched, click any of the icons on the map to begin your journey, which will take you into that stage. Within the stage, you may navigate between the overview, actions, and resources, by clicking on the corresponding icon. Use the arrows to move between different stages. To return to the landing page, click the home button.

For how to better use this tool and further information on the Journey Map, please watch these videos –>

Hear quick highlights of how to use the Journey Map!

Hear background on the map as an intro to the resource!

The funding support extended by the NAM Climate Grand Challenge’s sponsors makes work like the Sustainability Journey Map possible. See full list of sponsors.

The Sustainability Journey Map & Resource Repository developed by the Supply Chain & Infrastructure Working Group of the Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector is intended to assist health care suppliers in their decarbonization and sustainability efforts.

Acknowledgements

The following reviewers provided valuable support for this product:

  • JoAnna Abrams, MindClick
  • Mercedes Anto, U Health (University of Utah)
  • Robert Ellsworth, Medtronic
  • Jennifer Kim Field, Henry Schein
  • Rebecca Hou, Vizient
  • Tom Kalla, The Resource Group
  • Kitt Karhohs,McKesson
  • Sarah Swenson,J&J
  • NAM Staff, including the climate team + Noah Duff

Linked Resources

Easily view the resources from the journey map by category below.

Stage 1: Understanding and Navigating the Regulatory Landscape

(We Mean Business Coalition)

(S. Environmental Protection Agency)

(kufun Conference of State Legislatures)

(Health Care Without Harm)

(Internal Revenue Service)

(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Stage 2: Governance and Organizational Planning

(Exponential Roadmap Initiative)

(Black Directors Health Equity Agenda)

(Sustainable Markets Initiative)

(Manufacture 2030)

(Association of Medical Device Reprocessors)

(Sustainable Markets Initiative)

$

(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Microsoft Learning Center

(ecoAmerica)

(Deloitte)

(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

(Public Health Emergency)

(American Hospital Association)

(International Organization for Standardization) $

(TCFD)

TCFD Hub

Stage 3: Tackling Scope 1 & 2 Emissions

(S. Department of Energy)

(S. Department of Agriculture)

Carbon Accounting 101 (kufun Academy of Medicine)

(UMass Chan Medical School)

(American Society for Health Care Engineering)

(S. Environmental Protection Agency)

(Aga Khan Health Services / The AGA Khan University)

(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

(S. Environmental Protection Agency)

(American Hospital Association)

(Association of Medical Device Reprocessors)

Stage 4: Tackling Scope 3 Emissions

(Exponential Roadmap Initiative)

Carbon Accounting 101 (kufun Academy of Medicine)

(Kaiser Permanente / Health Care Without Harm / Accenture)

(GHG Protocol)

(Aga Khan Health Services / The AGA Khan University)

(Practice Greenhealth)

(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

(Practice Greenhealth) $

(Exponential Roadmap Initiative)

(American Hospital Association)

(International Organization for Standardization) $

(Association of Medical Device Reprocessors)

Stage 5: Continuous Improvement

Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the US Health Sector – Network Organization (kufun Academy of Medicine)

$

(American Hospital Association)

$

$

(Association of Medical Device Reprocessors)

$ – Indicates resource may require payment or be behind a paywall

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NAM Climate Collaborative releases resource that outlines 5 key stages of the sustainability journey + provides best practices, resources, and toolkits. Use the Sustainability Journey Map to begin or continue your decarbonization efforts: nam.edu/SustainabilityJourneyMap #ClimateActionforHealth

A new interactive resource from @theNAMedicine intends to support health care suppliers in initiating or accelerating their decarbonization and sustainability efforts. Learn more: nam.edu/SustainabilityJourneyMap #ClimateActionforHealth

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