(Center Identification Number: 79060-02-C)
This project will investigate the potential opportunities of reducing transportationrelated carbon footprint from healthcare facilities. We will refer to the findings from our previous surveys of three hospitals in Chicago and expand to a nation-wide study. We will identify best practices of alternative transportation programs adopted in the healthcare sector and conduct in-depth case studies. In particular, we will explore the impetus for developing, sustaining, and growing green commuting programs, financing mechanism, results and observed benefits, as well as challenges in those institutions. We will also evaluate the cost effectiveness of various transportation programs, and scale up environmental impacts from single hospitals to the region and nation, considering the growing trend of the health care sector in terms of both facilities and employees.
When completed, this project is expected to deliver:
1) best-practice references for the health care sector with a focus on its design and implementation of facility siting and employersponsored transportation programs;
2) policy recommendations and data references for municipal and regional planning agencies to incorporate healthcare facilities into regional transportation demand management; and
3) conference and journal publications.
July 1, 2014 to February 29, 2016
Total Project Cost $73,027