November 2008

Raising Awareness About Climate Change

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) – in cooperation with CHI, Covenant Health Systems, Lexington, MA, and Trinity Health, Novi, MI – is launching a ministry–wide effort to raise awareness about global climate change. The four organizations received a $20,000 grant from the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE) and the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change for a year-long initiative to develop educational programs and collaborative activities. Together, CHA, CHI, Covenant and Trinity will provide leadership in the ministry by:
  • Developing resources, including educational, instructional and motivational materials.
  • Presenting information about climate change and what Catholic health care can do.
  • Assembling a faculty of experts to mentor facilities on energy use and emissions.
  • Creating an action plan for decreasing energy use and emissions at work and home.
  • Collaborating with other organizations to build consensus and replicate successful practices that decrease energy consumption.