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Sustainability 2015, 7(7), 8270-8291;

Assessment of Environmental Sustainability in Health Care Organizations

Technical School of Industrial Engineering, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Avda. Camilo José Cela s/n, Ciudad Real 13071, Spain
Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 29 April 2015 / Revised: 18 June 2015 / Accepted: 19 June 2015 / Published: 29 June 2015
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Healthcare organizations should set a standard in corporate social responsibility and encourage environmental sustainability, since protection of the environment implies the development of preventive measures in healthcare. Environmental concern has traditionally focused on manufacturing plants. However, a Health Care Organization (HCO) is the only type of company which generates all existing classes of waste, and 20% is dangerous, being infectious, toxic or radioactive in nature. Despite the extensive literature analysing environmental matters, there is no objective model for assessing the environmental sustainability of HCOs in such a way that the results may be compared over time for an organization, and between different organizations, to give a comparison or benchmarking tool for HCOs. This paper presents a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis model integrating a Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process and utility theory, to evaluate environmental sustainability in HCOs. The model uses criteria assessed as a function of the number of annual treatments undertaken. The model has been tested in two HCOs of very different sizes. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental sustainability; health care organizations; multi-criteria techniques environmental sustainability; health care organizations; multi-criteria techniques

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Carnero, M.C. Assessment of Environmental Sustainability in Health Care Organizations. Sustainability 2015, 7, 8270-8291.

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