Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Greening Healthcare: The Current State of Sustainability in Manhattan's Hospitals
by Ashourian, Kristen Taylor, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2015, 88; 13833823
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of everyday life on population health, to explore sustainable alternatives, and to examine the degree of integration of sustainable business practices into public and private hospitals in the New York City Area, specifically in Manhattan. Sustainability is most important in more populated areas, as more people produce and are affected by the pollution and waste that they create. In order to evaluate the necessary data, assorted literatures were collected and analyzed. Data shows that byproducts of overconsumption have an undeniable effect on health, which can be mitigated by implementation of sustainable initiatives. Since businesses in the private sector have no guarantee for revenue, they must appeal to customers through low prices, high quality products, or other advantages. Private sector competition can drive companies to implement sustainable business practices, as sustainability within companies has become desirable to consumers and in collaborations. Ultimately, the private hospitals have been much more successful in implementing sustainable initiatives. The public hospitals have either published less data, or have not yet taken as many initiatives to become more efficient and environmentally friendly, particularly with regards to waste production and hazardous waste streams. By implementing sustainable initiatives, businesses can reduce cost and environmental damage, which leads to a reduction in the frequency of illnesses and subsequent necessity of healthcare.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Majidi, Mehdi
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sustainability, Health care management
Keywords: Sustainable
Publication Number: 13833823
ISBN: 978-0-438-79575-4
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