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HHS Sustainability

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Focuses on Sustainable and Responsible Development

What does Sustainability mean?

Sustainability means living in such a way now that does not sacrifice the well-being of future generations; that is, to meet the needs in the present within the Earth’s closed system, while restoring, protecting, and maintaining the natural systems, services, and resources that make life possible, including clean air, clean water, and clean soil. Sustainability goes hand-in-hand with the HHS mission to protect the health of all Americans.

HHS outlines its path towards sustainable operations and efficiency in the PDF icon 2017-HHS-Strategic-Sustainability-Performance-Plan.

This plan puts forth specific HHS reduction goals to cut consumption and emissions, while increasing productivity and transparency. As specific program areas work on toward these goals, one can’t forget that becoming more sustainable is up to all of us.

Previous HHS Sustainability Plans

2016 HHS Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

Plans and Scorecards for Previous Years are Available in the HHS Archive.

HHS Sustainability Scorecard

HHS FY2016 Sustainability Scorecard

Additional Resources

HHS Chief Sustainability Officer, John A. Bardis, Policy Statement

Primary Protection: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

Climate Change and Human Health Lesson Plans (NIEHS)

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings (FEMP)

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Content last reviewed on November 6, 2017