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  • Opportunities to honor leaders at CleanMed Nasvhille

    January 18th, 2019 - 10:25 am

    Apply today for these recognition opportunities

    Every year, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm honor innovative people and projects at CleanMed, the...

  • Rochester Regional Health recognized for climate innovations

    January 7th, 2019 - 3:04 pm

    In 2018, Practice Greenhealth member Rochester Regional Health was selected as the inaugural winner of the Climate and Health Innovation Award, which recognizes a hospital or health system for innovative work addressing the health impacts of climate change.


  • New toolkit helps hospitals track emissions to protect health, reduce costs

    January 7th, 2019 - 2:43 pm

    Our communities once again experienced the health impacts of climate change in 2018, including increases in heat-related illness, asthma and respiratory illness, as well as injuries and premature deaths from extreme weather events such as wildfires and hurricanes. There’s been no shortage of reports warning of the health impacts of climate change: The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a...

  • Meet the team: Hermine Levey Weston

    January 7th, 2019 - 2:09 pm

    Hermine Levey Weston joined the Practice Greenhealth staff as a member engagement manager in 2012. Learn about what brought her here, her best day of the last year, and her A-team.

    When did you know you wanted to work for an environmental and/or health care nonprofit?

    My father, an oral surgeon, hired me during high school breaks to scrub surgical instruments and attend his...

  • Practice Greenhealth member saves money with sustainable office supplies

    January 7th, 2019 - 12:59 pm

    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 that began in late 2016 have shown both an increase in “sustainable spend” and 5 to 7 percent savings in the category of office supplies.

    “Our purchasing decisions not only contribute...

  • Big business and big ideas converge around sustainability

    November 5th, 2018 - 10:10 am

    By Christopher Bodkin, Practice Greenhealth data coordinator for sector performance

    I had the honor of attending last month’s GreenBiz Verge conference as a GreenBiz 30 Under 30 winner to observe and interact with some of the biggest names in the sustainability world. The event was attended by...

  • GreenBiz left me feeling hopeful

    March 18th, 2018 - 12:00 pm

    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 conference for years. I was almost as excited to go to this event as I was for my very first CleanMed five years ago – almost.

    I was positively giddy getting off the plane in...

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

    March 18th, 2018 - 11:44 am

    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 anesthesiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

    Gandhi says environmental stewardship has always played a prominent role in her daily life. Growing up...

  • 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...

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