Announcements CleanMed

6 virtual sessions for health care, sustainability, and resilience

Join us for the CleanMed Virtual Series, featuring six interactive webinars designed for those passionate about resilience in health care to connect and innovate.

Gain inspiration from experts on how to stay focused on sustainability…

Announcements Alison Santore headshot

Santore selected for 2020 leadership award

Practice Greenhealth’s Visionary Leader Award annually recognizes a senior-level health care executive who has effectively advocated for and woven sustainability and environmental stewardship into health care operations through innovative…

Announcements Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center building

3-time Greening the OR champ saves $1 million

For the third year in a row, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) received Practice Greenhealth’s Greening the OR Leadership Award for their industry-leading, comprehensive program, which reduces the environmental impact of MSK’s surgical…

Announcements Greenhealth Approved

The new seal for sustainable health care purchasing

Purchasing made easy

Hospitals utilize thousands of products each day, and many factors drive these product selections. Some products have lengthy supply chains involving many different manufacturers, complicating the decision-making process.…

Announcements Sustainable procurement guide

Your new guide for sustainable procurement

As a resource-intensive industry with enormous buying power, health facilities are prioritizing sustainable procurement both for financial sustainability and for the benefit of their patients, staff, community, and planet. 

The COVID-19…

Announcements top 25 sustainable hospitals

25 hospitals setting the standard for sustainability in health care


Practice Greenhealth announced the 2020 recipients of the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards, the most prestigious environmental achievement for health care.

Including the Top 25, Practice Greenhealth recognized 421 health…

Announcements CleanMed virtual series

Virtual session recording: Building community health and resilience beyond COVID-19

Resilience virtual session  |  Recorded May 27, 2 p.m. EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the vast inequities and vulnerabilities across health care, supply chains, and our communities. Now more than ever, we are seeing the importance of…

Announcements Earth Day

Earth Day 2020: Show and tell

April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year’s theme is climate action. There is no better time to raise our collective voice and show the world how health care leads on climate to protect health. No matter what your role may be…

Announcements culinary contest

Win a trip to Orlando with the Culinary Contest


Ready to amp up your sales and customer satisfaction while simultaneously reducing your environmental impact? Then the Health Care Culinary Contest – which opens October 1 –  is the perfect addition to your sustainability work…

Announcements Health care climate footprint

Global health care sector is a major contributor to the climate crisis

New report provides first-ever estimate of health care’s global climate footprint, calls for zero emissions

If the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter…

Announcements Julie Moyle

Meet the team: Julie Moyle

Julie Moyle has served Practice Greenhealth as a member engagement manager since 2015. She lives in Golden, Colo., where she is also an OR nurse. Learn about her proudest moment at Practice Greenhealth, her thoughts on emerging issues in…

Announcements UW Health

UW Health lowers energy intensity by 25%

UW Health quietly pushed forward since its 2017’s big achievement in LEED Gold for the American Center, a first for Wisconsin and one of 17 in the United States. Commitments to continue conservation have increased with formal targets in water…

Announcements UC San Francisco's roots and shoots meal

For hospitals, ‘plant-forward’ means big sales and a cooler planet

By John Stoddard

“I don’t sell plant-based, I sell delicious looking and tasting food that just happens to be plant-based.” – Dan Henroid, University of California San Francisco Medical Center   

Dan Henroid knows that…

Announcements Shanda Demorest

Meet the team: Shanda Demorest


Shanda Demorest joined Practice Greenhealth as a member engagement manager in May 2019. She lives in Minneapolis. Find out what she bought with her very first paycheck, how nursing prepared her for…


Practice Greenhealth offers members report cards to enhance goal-setting

“Thanks to the data analyzed through the awards platform at Practice Greenhealth, we're in a healthier position to categorically mitigate the various wastes associated with health care operations, while improving patient and community health.…

Announcements Barbara Tretheway Visionary Award winner

Maximizing the role of governance in environmental stewardship strategy


Practice Greenhealth’s 2019 Visionary Leader Award winner Barbara Tretheway arrived at HealthPartners in 2000 wanting to make a difference at work and in the community.   As general counsel, much of her focus was on governance…

Announcements Thresa Pattee

Meet the team: Thresa Pattee

Thresa Pattee has served Practice Greenhealth as a member engagement manager since 2018 and as the food program coordinator for Healthy Food in Health Care and Practice Greenhealth for two years prior. Discover her favorite volunteer…


Local doctor-farmer gives a foodie tour of Nashville


CleanMed is right around the corner and this year, national leaders in health care sustainability will gather in Nashville to inspire change and discuss strategies for solving…


Practice Greenhealth offers pharmaceutical disposal guidance

There is increased concern over pharmaceuticals in waterways. There are “no drugs down the drain” rules in certain states. And harm can come from unauthorized access to controlled substances and the resulting wastage. Health care facilities must…

Announcements CleanMed

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to join sustainability leaders at CleanMed


Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator, professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker…


Rochester Regional Health recognized for climate innovations

In 2018, Practice Greenhealth member Rochester Regional Health was selected as the inaugural winner of the Climate and Health Innovation…

Announcements Climate and health

Practice Greenhealth members join Health Care Climate Council

The U.S. Health Care Climate Council has welcomed two new members. University of California Health (UC Health) and …


Baby steps toward big goals: Dr. Gandhi’s leadership in the OR

By Kaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement and Greening the OR manager

“Globally, nationally, as a sector, we have to set higher standards, and be more mindful of our impact,” says Dr. Seema Gandhi, associate clinical professor of…


GreenBiz left me feeling hopeful

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

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I have been eying the GreenBiz…


Validation, motivation, and reputation: How the Environmental Excellence Awards can strengthen member’s sustainability efforts

On a recent winter morning, Michael J. Fiore CIH, CSP, director of Environmental Occupational Health and Safety/Sustainability at NorthShore University HealthSystem, sat down with Hermine Levey Weston for a conversation about the value…


On the Road: Practice Greenhealth partners with Dignity Health

By Iqbal Mian, Practice Greenhealth member engagement manager

The first time I saw Sister Mary Ellen Leijewski, Dignity Health’s vice president of corporate responsibility, was at


Health Care Without Harm's Bill Ravanesi earns "Environmental Champion Award"

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellend Award winners were honrered at the awards Gala & Celebration Dinner held on May 9 during CleanMed 2018 in San Diego, California. The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellend Award winners…


Envisioning an ‘Udderly Green’ future for health care landscapes

What began as an employee engagement campaign at Gundersen Health System blossomed into a project aimed at inspiring health care landscapers across the country.

Gundersen Envision, a subsidiary of Gundersen Health…


Following our food: How health care can inform the data revolution and bring transparency to the plate

Imagine a world where food is traced from farm to fork, using data that can be accessed at the touch of a screen. Photos, ingredients, micro-nutrients, packaging details, production location and sustainability attributes, etc. — all the…


On the Road with Practice Greenhealth: June 2017 Greenbeat

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Welcomed Hermine Levey Weston

By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA

My father, an oral surgeon, was what we nurses referred to as a “tough patient.” When hospitalized, I…


Greening the Operating Room

By Kaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement Manager, Greening the OR

Summer might be a time to slow down, relax, enjoy the longer sunshine hours, but for the Greening the OR team, the fun is just getting started! *That’s not really true, the…


On the Road with Practice Greenhealth

Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Climate Reality Leadership Training with Al Gore

For three days in early March, I was immersed in an amazing collage of humanity focused on the greater good. I was one of 972…


On the Road with Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth at HPRC and Wisconsin Healthy Hospitals & Clinics Forum

Iqbal Mian, Member Engagement Manager

Earlier this fall, Practice Greenhealth along with various hospital systems, suppliers…


Dignity Health to Divest from Coal and Invest in Green Investments

Eric Lerner, US Climate Director, Health Care Without Harm

During the recent COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, France, Dignity Health announced it is divesting from thermal coal companies, expanding sustainable investments, increasing…


Less Waste Challenge Refreshed!

Each month through January 2016, Healthier Hospitals is releasing refreshed measures, informed by enrollee feedback and data analysis over the three-year initiative. November brings us the…


Member Spotlight: Advocate Health Care’s Environmental Stewardship

Advocate Health Care has made a commitment to delivering sustainable health care through conservation of resources, preservation of environmental health, and waste minimization. By building a culture of stewardship where each of  our associates…


Announcing the winner of the Health Care Culinary Contest


The 2019 Health Care Culinary Contest challenged hospital chefs to create and serve a tantalizing new meal that celebrated the power of plants. Hospital chefs from across the country answered the call.

Health Care Without Harm and…

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