The HHI Challenges
The HHI Challenges are a data-driven platform designed to help healthcare organizations commit to sustainability goals and track their environmental efforts. Each Challenge targets one of six broad-based sustainability impact areas, establishing measurable objectives and identifying appropriate metrics for each. Participating healthcare organizations report regularly on these metrics for every Challenge they have signed on to, contributing to the development of the HHI platform into an industry-wide mechanism for tracking and self-reporting sustainability performance data.
The requirements for each Challenge have been developed through a collaborative process involving a variety of stakeholder groups. The 3-tier structure of the Challenges is designed to make them accessible to healthcare organizations of all sizes and levels of sustainability experience by allowing them to pick and choose goals according to their specific capabilities and resources.
After meeting a Challenge’s Baseline requirements (or providing an action plan to show how they will meet it), participating organizations commit to achieving Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 goals within the Challenge area within three years. Each Level has different requirements, which become more complex as organizations move toward Level 3. Depending on the Challenge, making the shift from Level 1 to Levels 2 or 3 will require either pursuing additional goals within the same operational area or broadening the scope of current efforts to target new areas.
The self-reported data collected during HHI’s three year duration will ultimately provide an unprecedented snapshot of the US healthcare industry – where it started, how far it has come, and how these efforts have directly and indirectly impacted the health of the American public.