Modern medicine comes at a significant cost to the environment: The energy-intensive industry generates greenhouse gases that drive climate change and unrecyclable waste that packs landfills.

Efforts to reduce the environmental impact are gaining momentum in the United States, with Rutgers Health and Rutgers University as a whole working to lead such efforts. Bishr Omary, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and research, is the co-lead organizer of a series of ten commentaries about reducing gastroenterology’s environmental impact that was just published in the December issue of the journal Gut. These commentaries from international experts are freely available online and stem from a webinar series that is also freely available.

Omary explained how health care providers can care for the planet as well as their patients. To read the full story.