The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s) Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector (Climate Collaborative) is a public-private partnership of leaders from across the health sector committed to addressing the sector’s environmental impact and strengthening its sustainability and resilience.
The Climate Collaborative is committed to galvanizing a movement within the health sector to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while centering and maximizing human health and equity. To extend the reach and impact of this work, we invite entities to join the movement and participate as Network Organizations.
What does it mean to be a Network Organization?
Network Organizations acknowledge the critical need for action to address climate change and protect human health, well-being, and equity. These organizations also agree to make a visible commitment outlining the institution’s current and/or future work in the priority areas of the Climate Collaborative. Network Organizations actively support and contribute to the work of the Climate Collaborative but are distinct from its member organizations, including its sponsors, steering committee, and working group members.
- Are listed on the Climate Collaborative’s webpage, along with an organizational “commitment statement” describing their current and/or future work to address climate change, as well as a representative’s contact information
- Receive regular updates on the work of the Climate Collaborative, including priority invitations to public meetings and advance notice of new resources and publications
- Have opportunities to provide input on Climate Collaborative activities
- Receive communications tools such as social media toolkits and infographics to disseminate to their own networks
- Receive networking and information-sharing opportunities
It is expected that Network Organizations will:
- Participate actively in the work of the Climate Collaborative (e.g., by attending meetings and responding to requests for information)
- Share annual updates with the Climate Collaborative about the Network Organization’s climate change-related work
- Provide feedback to enhance the effectiveness of the Climate Collaborative’s outputs, outreach strategies, and other activities
- Share evidence-informed actions and strategies, as well as promising practices for health sector leadership in addressing climate change, to be considered for amplification across NAM networks
- Share announcements about activities and products of the Climate Collaborative
- Support the Climate Collaborative’s social media and public engagement campaigns
Criteria for Becoming a Network Organization
- Participation is restricted to organizations (legal entities) only. Individuals or groups of individuals are not eligible to become a Network Organization. Note: This opportunity is open to private / for-profit, public (, and non-profit entities outside of the Climate Collaborative’s existing membership. Organizations located outside the U.S. are also eligible to apply to become a Network Organization.
- Participation as a Network Organization is subject to approval of the organization’s application and submission of a commitment statement.
How to Become a Network Organization
Please complete this survey and submit an organizational commitment statement following the criteria and guidelines provided. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; a member of NAM’s staff will respond to your submission within 20 business days of receipt.
Current Network Organizations
American Academy of Pediatrics
Mass General Brigham
Climate change is increasingly affecting people’s health. Improving the carbon footprint of the entire health sector can drastically lower the approximately 8.5% of U.S. carbon emissions for which it is responsible, while also having significant health, social, and economic benefits.
The Climate Collaborative is led by a steering committee and four working groups representing health and hospital systems, clinicians, private payers, biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, health care services, health professional education, academia, nonprofits, and the federal government.
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