Environmental Responsibility Resources

Three educational and inspirational video reflections and companion resources highlighting the themes of Laudato Si'

Everything is Connected
Watch the video, with Pope Francis' Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes)
Watch the video minus the closing prayer (less than 4 minutes) 

Addressing Climate Change
Watch the video, with Pope Francis' Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes) 
Watch the video minus the closing prayer  (less than 4 minutes) 

Less is More
Watch the video, with Pope Francis' Prayer for Care of Creation at the end (approx. 6 minutes) 
Watch the video minus the closing prayer (less than 4 minutes)

Companion Resources

2017 Feast of St. Francis

May-June 2016 Issue of Health Progress

Caring for Creation: Health Care and the Environment


Centers for Disease Control Healthy Hospital Environment Tool Kit

In light of the growing burden of preventable chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, hospital leadership and champions can promote the health of employees, patients, and communities by considering policies and practices that ensure that the healthier choice is the easier choice. This tool kit provides guidance to hospital nutritionists, human resources and employee health staff, and others who wish to promote and support healthy food, beverage, and physical activity options in hospitals.

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Connecting Health Care With Public & Environmental Health

Connecting Health Care With Public & Environmental HealthWith our members, CHA is working to raise the issue of environmental stewardship as a mission–based clinical and public policy imperative. We act as responsible stewards of God's creation as we respond as a ministry to building healthier communities. This 20-page booklet, "Connecting Health Care With Public and Environmental Health," contains an article by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN). Dr. Schettler has worked extensively with community groups and non-governmental organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally, addressing many aspects of human health and the environment. He has served on advisory committees of the U.S. EPA and National Academy of Sciences. The booklet is part of CHA's ongoing commitment to provide resources to Catholic health care as we collectively work to protect the environment, minimize environmental hazards and reduce our contribution to the problem of climate change. As a ministry, we care for those who are harmed by the environment, strive for internal practices to ensure environmental safety and advocate public policies and private actions that bring solutions.

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Healing Communities and the Environment: Opportunities for Community Benefit Programs

Healing Communities and the Environment

This document, published as a discussion draft in Spring 2012, encourages and informs health care organization leaders about ways to engage their organization and communities served around improving community health through environmental improvements. While environmental factors include the physical, social and economic environment in which we live, work and raise families, this document focuses on the physical environment, including the quality of our air, water, food and facility and public energy and chemical polices.

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General Environmental Stewardship - Additional Documents

Environmental Sustainability Getting Started Guide

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

View past environmental webinar recordings in the Online Learning section of CHA's website! Available for both members and nonmembers.

Faithfully Healing the Earth

Measure Your Carbon Footprint!

  • Ever wonder how much "nature" your lifestyle requires? Find out here!

Products and Chemicals

2018 Earth Day Resources

On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. To help those who serve in Catholic health ministry make meaning of the connection between the environment, our health and our ministry's commitment to faithfully heal the earth, CHA offers resources for your use. CHA is pleased to offer these three items: 

Earth Day Webinar
Climate Change, Catholics, and Health: CHA Environment Webinar for Earth Day 
Recorded April 13, 2018 - available for on-demand viewing for CHA members in the Online Learning section of the CHA website.

Additional Resources
Catholic Climate Covenant Earth Day 2018 Resources
Practice GreenHealth
Earth Day Video Graphic