Sutter Health and Practice Greenhealth gather for healthier environments visioning


Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Sutter Health’s chief medical officer and executive sponsor for sustainability, highlighted the health system’s priority focus areas.  

By Janet…


Practice Greenhealth member saves money with sustainable office supplies

Dignity Health supply chain and sustainability staff worked collaboratively with Staples, their office supply distributor, to improve the use of more sustainable office supplies throughout their network. The results of this initiative…

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Everyday food heroes

Food Day is an annual event on Oct. 24 that inspires Americans to change not only their diets but also our food system. But for hospitals in our network, it’s Food Day every day. Food service directors, chefs, nutritionists, and other hospital…


Practice Greenhealth highlights members’ progress during national energy efficiency event

New Orleans is known for festivals and food. It is also known for a complicated recovery from Hurricane Katrina. At the time of the infamous storm’s landfall, there was one local LEED building. Fourteen years later, more than 1,000…

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Practice Greenhealth visits HCA Healthcare

By Janet Howard, Practice Greenhealth member engagement manager

Headquartered in vibrant Nashville, Tenn., HCA Healthcare (HCA) has more than 170 hospitals across the country and approximately 1,800 sites of care, including surgery…

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CleanMed sessions free for members to view

For the first time, we’re providing all Practice Greenhealth members with access to view the more than 60 CleanMed sessions for free. Take advantage of this added member benefit to learn from and be inspired by colleagues and experts from across…

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Calling all nurses

Health Care Without Harm and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments recently launched the Nurses Climate Challenge, which empowers nurses to educate 5,000 health professionals on the health impacts of climate change and how to be part of…

Blog Rachelle

Finding your voice in the climate story

What is your unique climate story? Rachelle Reyes Wenger, Dignity Health's director of public policy and community advocacy, delivers a CleanMed Talk challenging us to reflect on who we are and the tremendous power we each possess to change the…

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Sharing Greening the OR strategies and savings

Practice Greenhealth recently attended the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses conference in New Orleans to promote environmental best practices in the operating room. We shared Greening the OR resources and five strategies that can…


Healthier environments demonstrate respect for health care workers

By Veronique Nagle, Practice Greenhealth human resources director

As a Practice Greenhealth member, your organization is striving for healthier environments,  healthier people, and a healthier bottom line. In times of…

Blog Climate and health

Millennials and sustainability: Recruiting and retaining the next generation of health care

By Lauren Koch, Health Care Without Harm climate and health program associate director

I am on the edge of the millennial generation. And, it turns out, my career path mirrors the research on my generation.

After earning a…


How 5 hospitals set environmental purchasing priorities and saved millions

By Beth Eckl, Practice Greenhealth Environmental Purchasing program director

You’ve secured leadership support, built a team of colleagues who were successful in getting an environmental purchasing policy adopted, and…


With a little help from our friends

By Gary Cohen, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm president

2017 has been a year of uncertainty. We saw some of the largest demonstrations in modern history, including the Women’s March, the People’s…


Watching your waste with Practice Greenhealth

By Janet Howard, Practice Greenhealth member engagement director

Environmental managers are challenged to keep their docks cleared, continuously moving materials and wastes and maintaining an efficient flow of material. When we scratch…


Anesthesia providers lead in health care GHG reduction

How 1 hospital is saving $20k a month and reducing GHGs

By Kaeleigh Sheehan, Practice Greenhealth Greening the OR and member engagement manager With mounting threats…


The role of transportation in achieving hospital greenhouse gas reduction goals

Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, outreach and engagement specialist

If your sustainability priorities don’t include a transportation program and strategies to reduce transportation-related emissions, you are missing a big opportunity to reduce…


Educating clinicians on health impacts of climate change

By Sarah Spengeman, Ph.D., Health Care Without Harm Climate and Health program associate director

Have you thought to yourself, “How can my hospital or system step up its climate leadership?” If so, Health Care Without…


In Search of Sustainable Products

By John Strong Principal of John Strong, LLC and serves as president of Greenhealth Management

As you shake the sleep off, you realize that the sounds of your 12-year-old daughter’s latest asthma attack woke you. You…


Hospitals collaborate with vendors to address public health through animal agriculture

By Hillary Greenwood Thanks to increasing demand for poultry raised without routine antibiotics, cost reductions and improved availability have made it easier for hospitals to add more sustainably-raised chicken to their menus. Health systems in…


Effectively Managing Waste Anesthesia Gas

By Julie Moyle, MSN, RN  Outreach and Engagement Specialist

General anesthesia administered during surgical/interventional procedures typically includes the administration of anesthesia gases. Only about 5 percent of…


Major Food Service Management Companies Help to Fill the GAP for Hospital Chicken Needs

Hillary Greenwood, National Procurement Director, Health Care Without Harm, Healthy Food in Health Care Program

2016 was a momentous year for addressing routine antibiotic use and animal welfare in broiler chicken production. While many…


The Environmental Excellence Awards

Each year, a growing number of Practice Greenhealth members participate in the Environmental Excellence Awards. It’s safe to say, the awards applications are a considerable undertaking, and…


Over 70 Hospitals Engaged in Conscientious Culinary Creativity for Food Day

Blog posted by the Healthy Food Team of Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm

To celebrate Food Day in 2016, Health…

Blog Florida flood

Florida Health Systems share water and energy efficiency best practices

By Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

In 2016, the state of Florida saw states of emergencies as a result of a …


Blue Wrap and the Circular Economy

Christopher Bodkin, Data Coordinator Sector Performance and Recognition

Waste from the health care sector is significant:

255 Million lbs. of blue wrap is thrown away annually. Businesses are turning…


GCO Calculator

Look beyond the price tag – consider the organization’s total financial commitment when purchasing products and services.

Hospitals have an enormous energy footprint—the impact of this is costly, both financially and environmentally.


Think Locally, Track Sustainability

Food service departments across the country are influencing their supply chain by channeling human health values into their purchasing choices. Yet, the impact does not end at the point of purchase. When these products are tracked with…

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Accurate measuring of “local” and “sustainable” starts with separation

Are local and sustainable foods the same thing? The response, in short, is not always. Applying the terms “local” and “sustainable” synonymously and interchangeably can lead to false conclusions. As health care facilities strive to incorporate…


The Power of Visioning and Goal Setting

Kathy Gerwig presented Kaiser Permanente’s Bold Goals for improved environmental performance in a Practice Greenhealth March 2016 webinar entitled “…


The Beat Blog: Earth Day – Loving the Planet Earth

April 22 is Earth Day. If you’re reading this blog, you share a passion for healing the planet. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are challenged by the complexity of health care and pushing for positive change. On this Earth Day, 2016…


Feed People - Not Landfills

By Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals

“Let’s feed people, not landfills. By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and…


Feed People - Not Landfills

By Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement

“Let’s feed people, not landfills. By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for…


How are health care quality improvement and environmental sustainability connected?

By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA, Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

Part two of a two-part blog series begun last…


Special Report: Building the Business Case for More Sustainable Hospitals

By Keith Sutter, Director of Medical Device Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

Support for sustainability among health care professionals is significant. A recent global Harris Poll survey commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found…


Environmental Sustainability and the Triple Aim

Blog by Blair Sadler, Esq., Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Now is the time to make environmental sustainability part of your quality improvement work.

Years ago when I was a hospital CEO, I didn't have…


Rethinking Environmentally Preferred Purchasing: A Case Study in Implementation at Kaiser Permanente

By Vanessa Lochner, Kaiser Permanente's director for the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing program

Achieving an environmentally preferable purchasing program is simpler than many people realize. From the start, it’s important to…


Promoting Sustainable Health Care

By Gary Cohen, president and founder of Health Care Without Harm

Imagine energy efficient hospitals that save money on energy bills to use for critical patient care, and that promote renewable energy…


Poco a Poco – Sharing Jaibon, Dominican Republic – Janet Brown

Two weeks ago, my daughter Franni and I (along with two other moms and their 8th grade girls) embarked on a volunteer trip to Jaibon, Dominican Republic through a not for profit— Outreach 360. We spent the week teaching English to children aged…


Physician Leadership Critical to Greening the OR Initiative

By Jodi Sherman, MD, Guest Blogger -

In the operating room, the stakes are high and moments count. Great measures are taken to prevent bad outcomes. At the same time, the most recent and conservative Practice Greenhealth estimate places…

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