Three personal membership groups (PMGs) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) have teamed up to provide their members and others in the health care community access to information and tools that can help reduce the environmental footprint of health care facilities.  The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and the American Society for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) have collaborated to produce a website, the Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals. The website provides background material, sample actions plans, target-setting and tracking tools and suggestions for specific steps health care organizations can take to improve their sustainability efforts and reduce the environmental impacts of their facilities and operations.
The Roadmap serves as a guide with a range of resources to support hospitals from Top 10 lists of relatively easy-to-accomplish steps to more in-depth performance improvement measures.
The new Roadmap website complements the AHA's Executive Primer on Hospital Environmental Sustainability, which was launched in July 2010. While the Primer provides health care executives with information about sustainability issues relevant to hospitals, the Roadmap is focused towards hospital managers and staff and the designers of health care facilities, providing them with information they can use in the field.
“Hospitals have long understood the special role they play as environmental stewards in their community,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association.  “Today’s launch of the Roadmap website will be a useful tool and one more resource available to those striving to reduce their environmental footprint.  We will also look to our members to contribute resources and lessons learned to further and promote the progress we have already made. “
The first phase of development for the Roadmap website is complete, but additional resources are planned for Phase 2. Roadmap users are encouraged to contribute suggestions, sample documents and case studies to add to the practical information available on the site.