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  • Sutter Health and Practice Greenhealth gather for healthier environments visioning

    March 6th, 2019 - 7:21 pm

    By Janet Howard, Practice Greenhealth member engagement director

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

    In January, Gary Cohen...

  • Practice Greenhealth offers pharmaceutical disposal guidance

    March 6th, 2019 - 7:10 pm

    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 address these issues and ensure alignment with DEA and EPA regulations as well as local rules. So Practice Greenhealth and a team of stakeholders developed a guidance document to support hospitals and...

  • UW Health engages staff in Earth Day video

    February 1st, 2019 - 1:46 pm

    Practice Greenhealth asked Mary Evers Statz, UW Health’s energy management and sustainability program director, about the Earth Day video they created.

    How did you conceive the idea to create a UW Health Earth Day video?

    I stole the video idea from Iqbal Mian, our Practice Greenhealth member engagement...

  • Practice Greenhealth highlights members’ progress during national energy efficiency event

    February 1st, 2019 - 12:14 pm

    By Iqbal Mian, Practice Greenhealth member engagement manager

    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 stand in the city. While progress can be measured by the increased number of green buildings, the...

  • Awards application enhanced based on member feedback

    February 1st, 2019 - 11:33 am

    Practice Greenhealth recently launched a new Environmental Excellence Awards application. And Cecilia DeLoach Lynn, director of sector performance and recognition, answered questions about the improvements.


  • Opportunities to honor leaders at CleanMed Nasvhille

    January 18th, 2019 - 11:25 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 - 4:04 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 - 3:43 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 - 3:09 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 - 1:59 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...

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