Hospital & University Staff – How You Can Help

FactSheet-CleanHospitalConstructionCampaign-Feb4Hospitals and universities are major institutions that impact their surrounding communities in many ways. Here’s one way you may not have considered: When a hospital or university undergoes a major construction project, it typically lasts many months (maybe even years). During that time, the construction site can become a “hot spot” for diesel pollution due to the increased presence of diesel-powered trucks and construction equipment — both of which tend to idle longer than public health ordinances mandate.

Bottom line: It’s important that we protect those who live, work and play around major institutions undergoing construction from adverse effects of toxic diesel pollution. Here’s how: Adopt a Clean Diesel Construction Policy.

Clean Diesel Construction Policies typically require:

  • Newer diesel engines or retrofitted older engines (with particulate filters), which are both 90% cleaner
  • Enforcing Idling limits of 3 minutes or less on all on-site equipment
  • Locating diesel-fueled equipment, vehicles, and loading/unloading staging areas away from air intakes or operable openings of adjacent buildings (part of LEED Clean Construction pilot credit)

Compliance responsibility placed on the contractor, not the institution that hired them

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Advocate within your organization. If you are a healthcare or higher-ed professional, talk to decision-makers within your institution about joining the clean construction movement. This website includes some great model policies and how-to guides to get you started.
  2. Let us help. We can work with you to help inform decision-makers at your institution about clean construction practices and options. Contact Tiffany Werner at (312) 795-3739 or twerner@elpc.org.
  3. Tell us your success story!  Already have a clean construction policy at your hospital or university?  We’d love to hear about your experience. Contact Tiffany Werner at (312) 795-3739 or twerner@elpc.org.