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Environmental Sustainability

PHSA is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint.

Want to become a Green Leader? Watch our video or read the ad to learn more. 

Healthy environment
From increasing our lifespans to making us more comfortable, the science, technologies and advanced practices that are the foundation of modern health care give us so much. But they also create some serious side effects including:
  • Hazardous and material waste
  • Tonnes of GHG emissions
  • Copious amounts of energy, water, metals, fuels, lumber and other resources.
These side effects contribute to the deterioration of the most basic thing that we all need to be healthy: the ecosystem. That’s why PHSA is focused on:
Fuelled by our sustainability policy (PDF), the Lower Mainland health authorities (LMHA) work together to make health care more environmentally sustainable.  

For more information, visit BC GreenCare.
Green buildings

All new Lower Mainland health authority buildings are designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard as per the BC government’s Energy Efficient Buildings Strategy.

LEED is a North American green building standard. Created by the U.S Green Building Council, it provides a framework for meeting green goals and assessing building performance. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for:

  • sustainable site development
  • water savings
  • energy efficiency
  • materials selection
  • indoor environmental quality

LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources. 

To date, PHSA LEED gold buildings include:

PHSA buildings with silver LEED certification include:

  • PHSA's Mental Health Building at the BC Children’s Hospital and Women's Health Centre site in Vancouver on Oak Street

For more information, visit BC GreenCare
Our team

The LMHA Energy and Environmental Sustainability Team is responsible for helping the health authorities reach their sustainability goals and relies on the hard work of staff volunteers with a passion for green. 

Green+ Leaders

Staff from across all LMHAs volunteer their time to take part in the Green+ Leaders program and work together and share ideas in the GreenCare Community, an innovative space created for health care employees of Fraser Health, Providence Health, PHSA and Vancouver Coastal. 

We are currently recruiting Green+ Leaders for Fall 2015! See the Green+ Leaders ad for more information!

LMHA Energy and Environmental Sustainability Team

  • Mauricio Acosta, Director
  • Ruth Abramson, Corporate Manager, Environmental Sustainability
  • Glen Garrick, Manager, Environmental Sustainability 
  • Robert Bradley, Energy Manager
  • John Manougian, Energy Manager
  • Alex Hutton, Energy Manager
  • Richard Wellwood, Energy Coordinator
  • Jeson Mak, Energy Coordinator
  • Sabah Ali, Energy Coordinator
  • Angie Woo, Green+ Leaders Coordinator (interim)
  • Olive Dempsey, Green+ Leaders Coordinator
  • Alan Lin, Energy specialist
  • Kori Jones: Energy Specialist
  • Sonja Janousek, Reduction & Recycling Coordinator 

For more information, visit BC GreenCare
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