Inside A Boston OR, Surgery Shows Hospital’s Steps To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

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At 8:30 on a Wednesday morning, nurses roll 83-year-old Rev. Ralph Kee into a place with one of the largest carbon footprints in Boston: a hospital operating room. He comes to a stop in the middle of a room filled with monitors, movable lights and tables covered in blue cloth.

The health care sector produces 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Hospitals are 36% of that. And operating rooms are their hot spots for emissions, waste and energy use.

But this OR, inside a renovated area at Boston Medical Center (BMC), is about as climate friendly as they come. BMC says the renovation has helped it draw 70% less energy from the grid, starting in 2012.

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