When someone heads to the hospital, the primary thought on their mind is feeling better. Few give pause to consider how caring for their health impacts the well-being of the planet. However, medical facilities create a tremendous amount of waste daily and consume single-use plastics, energy, and water voraciously.

Facilities that go above and beyond to protect the planet we share deserve our praise — and patronage. Here are the top 10 greenest hospitals spanning the U.S. and the globe. Their innovations show other organizations how they can make their practices more eco-friendly.

1. University of Colorado Health Medical Center

Many people think little about the buildings they inhabit, but from the manufacturing of materials to their transport, both residential and commercial construction uses a ton of resources. LEED certification stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and the University of Colorado Health Medical Center is one of the first teaching hospitals to construct multiple classrooms utilizing this technology.

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