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Defense Health Agency Sustainability Program

The DHA Sustainability and Environmental Programs operate with the understanding that “there is a direct link between healing the individual and healing this planet… we will not have healthy individuals, healthy families, and healthy communities if we do not have clean air, clean water, and healthy soil.”*

The DHA Sustainability Policy, DHA-AI 4710.01, establishes sustainability goals and environmental compliance targets for military hospitals and clinics and requires the formation of cross-functional sustainability teams to promote a resource-aware stewardship culture.

*Source: Rossi, Mark, and Tom Lent, “Creating Safe and Healthy Spaces: Selecting Materials That Support Healing,” Designing the 21st Century Hospital (September 2006), p. 55


Our Management Approach

Bottom Up and Bottom Down


Innovative and Collaborative


Continually Improving


Our Partner: Practice Greenhealth

We partner with Practice Greenhealth (PGH) to track sustainability metrics and allow military hospitals and clinics to compare their sustainability performance against their civilian counterparts. PGH is a membership organization representing health care organizations committed to the integration of sustainability principles and practices as a means to better protect the health of patients, staff, the communities served, and the environment.PGH Awards are a recognized Standard of Excellence, and topic areas correspond with Sustainability Focus Areas for Federal Agencies.

PGH capabilities include


Quarterly Newsletters

Sustainability Reports



Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator


Energy Star


Green Academy


State-by-State Regulated Medical Waste Resource Locator


Earth Day Resources


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Last Updated: April 23, 2024
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