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  • On the Road: Practice Greenhealth partners with Dignity Health

    February 5th, 2018 - 4:16 pm

    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 CleanMed a few years ago. Along with fellow CleanMed participants (I worked at a fellow Practice Greenhealth member health system at that time), we listened intently to Sr. Mary Ellen’s...

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

    February 5th, 2018 - 2:13 pm

    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 of the Environmental Excellence Awards in advancing their sustainability goals.

    [Hermine] NorthShore University HealthSystem’s past successes include an Emerald and a Top...

  • Healthier environments demonstrate respect for health care workers

    January 8th, 2018 - 11:39 am

    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 trying to do more with less, while also  increasing stakeholder engagement, maximize efforts by connecting with human resources to identify opportunities to enhance the hiring and...

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

    January 4th, 2018 - 6:26 pm

    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 business degree, I ventured into the corporate jungle and quickly realized it wasn’t for me. Driven by my passion, I focused my job search on organizations with ethics that matched mine.


  • With a little help from our friends

    December 4th, 2017 - 12:00 pm

    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 Climate March,...

  • How 5 hospitals set environmental purchasing priorities and saved millions

    December 4th, 2017 - 8:29 am

    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 now it’s time to select environmentally preferable products and services. So which contracts should you begin with? And how do you prioritize among hundreds of purchasing opportunities...

  • Envisioning an ‘Udderly Green’ future for health care landscapes

    November 7th, 2017 - 2:20 pm

    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 System, developed Udderly Green organic soil amendment products in collaboration with Purple Cow Organics.

    The venture is rooted in Gundersen Envision’s dairy digester biogas renewable...

  • Watching your waste with Practice Greenhealth

    November 7th, 2017 - 2:13 pm

    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 the surface on what happens after, we learn some hard facts, particularly around recycling.


  • Anesthesia providers lead in health care GHG reduction

    September 4th, 2017 - 3:43 pm

    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 posed to human health from climate change, more health care facilities are focusing on opportunities to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. And anesthesia...

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

    July 31st, 2017 - 11:55 am

    By Thresa Pattee, food program coordinator

    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 information needed to make purchasing, dietary, and culinary decisions — updated by producers and manufacturers across the globe in real...

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