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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Environmental Sustainability


Carbon Footprint Green Tip - click to view PDF
Carbon Footprint Green Tip

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Inherently tied to this mission is our obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native communities and our responsibility to ensure the well-being of the environment we work in, both indoors and outdoors.

To address this need for healthy and sustainable practices, IHS strives to not only meet all federal requirements but also to be forward-acting on all environmental efforts.

To minimize our impact on the environment, IHS staff, contractors, and suppliers try to ensure that environmental considerations are introduced at the earliest stages possible when planning and implementing agency operations. This website provides information on what IHS is doing as an agency, and what you as an individual can do for sustainability. In addition, it provides resources, trainings, and events to help further inform everyone about sustainability.


Check out the IHS 2013 Sustainability Annual Progress Report! [PDF - 21 MB]

Join us on July 30th for our next Sustainability Webinar.
Register here for Pharmaceuticals in the Environment with James Laurenson, FDA toxicologist.

Congratulations to the 2013 IHS Green Champion Award Winners!

Read IHS's Recycling Guidance document. [PDF - 1.7 MB]

Check out the updated Environmental Policy Statement.

Check out the IHS's Environmental Policy


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