Sustainability solutions for health care

Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to hospitals and health systems across the United States.

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Buildings

Promote green and healthy health care facility design, construction, renovation and operations in order to minimize environmental impacts and foster restorative and sustainable healing environments.

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Chemicals

Work with health care to eliminate harmful chemicals or substitute them with safer alternatives while minimizing chemical exposure of patients, health care workers, communities, and the environment.

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Climate and Health

Health systems and health professionals are implementing business-smart initiatives that also protect their communities from increased diseases and more frequent extreme weather events caused by climate change.

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Energy

Accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency while promoting clean, renewable energy in health care, mobilizing the sector as a leader for a healthy energy future for all.

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Engaged Leadership

Almost 90 percent of the top-performing institutions in our sustainability benchmark report have an executive-level champion at the top of the reporting structure.

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Food

Promote, purchase, and serve sustainably grown, healthy food to improve environmental health, build better food systems, and address the upstream social and economic determinants of non-communicable diseases.

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Greening the OR

Though a tiny percentage of a hospital’s total physical footprint, operating rooms can drive big facilities’ cost savings and efficiency improvements through smart, incremental, sustainable practices.

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Sustainable Procurement

Sustainability professionals and purchasing managers should work together to embed sustainability into purchasing processes and engage suppliers to provide innovative, sustainable products with a reduced impact on human health and the environment.

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Transportation

Promote transportation strategies for patients, their families, and staff that support healthier local and regional transport systems while reducing health care's environmental impact.

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Waste

Promote zero waste policies, reduce the volume and toxicity of waste produced by the health care sector, and implement safe, sustainable disposal options as alternatives to incineration.

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Water

Reducing water consumption is a great place for hospitals and health systems to start improving their environmental impact and sustainability practices.

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News & Updates

New Practice Greenhealth network industry partner opportunities

27 September 2021

As the voice of sustainability in health care, Practice Greenhealth is ideally positioned to help our hospital partners meet challenges and capture opportunities facing our ever-changing industry. We believe health care is everyone's business, and transforming health care should be too. The challenges of environmental stewardship and addressing social determinants of health can benefit from the creativity and collaboration of all organizations and voices. Value chain partners like manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, government agencies, nonprofits, and higher education play a vital role in the success of our collective work. We are excited to announce the expansion of the Practice Greenhealth network by inviting these new partner types to join. Our new industry partner levels are Affiliate (basic and premium), Allied, and Academic. Our hospital and health system le...

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Seeking America’s next top hospital chef

24 September 2021

Ready to amp up your sales and customer satisfaction while simultaneously reducing your environmental impact? Then the Health Care Culinary Contest is the perfect addition to your sustainability work.

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Partner perspective: Spectrum Health

22 September 2021

Matt Cox has served as Spectrum Health’s CFO and the executive sponsor for the system’s sustainability program since 2017. In this first of a two-part feature on health care finance leaders and sustai...

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