What is GMI at UCI?
Green Medicine Initiative at UCI is a student-run organization that combines medicine, sustainability, and global health to promote greener healthcare practices in the US. We devise cost-effective methods to aid hospitals in reducing waste and costs while promoting environmental responsibility. GMI at UCI is also a branch of Harvard GMI.
The Green Medicine Initiative at UCI also aims to promote environmentally friendly practices in hospitals and other medical facilities as well as address the effects of climate change on human health. For example, when hospitals have unused supplies, we collect and donate them to resource-limited communities at home and around the world. If excess waste is not entirely unavoidable, we will redistribute excess medical supplies to healthcare facilities in resource-limited settings in a responsible manner, considering local needs and available resources.
Why We Care?
Here are some reasons why we are passionate about greener healthcare
0.15 degree F
the average rise in temperature per decade since 1901 has increased rates of disease (source)
14,700 US Dollars
in annual energy costs saved by replacing traditional exit signs with energy-efficient LED signs in a typical large hospital (source)
Quotes to Live By
"The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
— John Paul II