Israel Unveils New 'Green Index' for Country's Hospitals

Health Ministry to set aside NIS 1 million budget for making Israel's hospitals more sustainable, in accordance with OECD standards.

Israel's Health Ministry has instituted new regulations designed to green the country's hospitals, in accordance with OECD standards for sustainability at health care institutions.

Israel joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group made up of 34 of the world's free-market democracies, in May 2010.

As part of the project, NIS 1 million will be set aside from the Health Ministry's budget for a "green index," with the goal of making the country's hospitals greener.

Among the goals of the project are prevention of noise pollution, energy savings, encouraging alternative forms of transportation within hospitals, installation of water-saving faucets and landscaping, ecological community gardening and setting a maximum level of water consumption at every institution.

The new regulations, published a month ago, were drawn up by a team led by Dov Pest of the Health Ministry, and will go into effect in 2013.

In recent years, Israel's hospitals have begun taking steps toward becoming more environmentally friendly.

In February, Kfar Sava's Meir Hospital became the country's first to gain certification for environmental management from the Standards Institution of Israel.

Ahead of its certification, the hospital launched a series of steps including reduced water and energy consumption, the installation of a solar water heating system and a 50% reduction in the amount of cooking oil it consumed.

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