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  • Recapping the Greening the OR Symposium

    October 29th, 2015 - 5:44 pm

    Kaeleigh Sheehan, Engagement Manager, Greening the Operating Room 

    In September, Practice Greenhealth held the Greening the OR Symposium in Reston, Virginia. The one-day workshop focused on sustainability issues specific to the OR - waste and purchasing, lean strategies and operational efficiencies, energy and water conservation and the built environment.

    One of the most exciting themes of the day wasn’t just the...

  • 3M Sustainability in Health Care Summit

    October 29th, 2015 - 4:56 pm

    By Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals

    The October 16, 2015, 3M Sustainability in Health Care Summit held at the 3M Innovation Center gave us a glimpse into the future of health care sustainability. An impressive lineup of health care sustainability leaders shared, as Kathy Gerwig put it, “Bold Goals” for their health systems, with a focus on greenhouse gas reduction, water...

  • Hospitality from Hospitals

    October 1st, 2015 - 4:34 pm

    Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago, Hospital Sisters Health System and NorthShore University Health System

    As a registered nurse with decades of experience working in hospitals and as a health care sustainability specialist, it’s comfortable to visit the halls of hospitals and meet with green team leaders to teach as well as learn about environmental stewardship efforts.


  • Navigating antibiotic use in animal agriculture

    August 30th, 2015 - 11:52 pm

    – A New Guidance Resource Provided For Hospital Purchasers


  • Market Transformation Group preparing for October 29 meeting in Boston

    August 30th, 2015 - 7:13 pm

    The more than fifteen health systems participating in the Market Transformation Group, a joint effort to transform the health care supply chain towards more sustainable products, technologies, and services organized by Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, are preparing for the upcoming in-person meeting in Boston on October 29.

    Health systems have been invited to attend one or more of the following activities: An evening...

  • Check-Up on Greening the OR

    August 30th, 2015 - 6:45 pm

    Kaeleigh Sheehan, Engagement Manager, Greening the OR

    What is your team doing around Greening the OR right now? Have you evaluated your current practices? Are you on your way toward completing 2015 goals? Are you facing any barriers or challenges within the surgical department or have you come up with a creative and innovative solution to an everyday problem? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know how we can help, or how you...

  • The Green Influence

    August 28th, 2015 - 11:51 am

    Special Guest Contributors:

    People are excited by sustainability because of the newfound passion around linking human activity to planetary implications which affect the prosperity of the communities we live. Iqbal Mian, Lean Leader-Sustainability at Ministry Health Care has...

  • Hospitals Demonstrate Support for Greening the Supply Chain

    August 28th, 2015 - 10:26 am

    Health care organizations representing over 145 hospitals have signed the “EPP Pledge” to demonstrate support for and a commitment to environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) in health care.

    Signers of the EPP Pledge agree to consider the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products, Version 1.0 in their purchasing processes in at least one contract in a year’s time. These questions can apply to...

  • The Top 13 Environmental Concerns for Medical Products

    August 3rd, 2015 - 11:46 pm

    Beth Eckl, Director of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program

    The top 13 environmental concerns were identified in order to standardize what is an environmentally preferable medical product (that does not plug in or have a battery). This “Top 13” list is publicly available for use in supply chain considerations, either as RFP questions, as questions to...

  • Employee Engagement and Sustainability- A Winning Combo

    August 3rd, 2015 - 11:42 pm

    According to a 2010 Towers Watson Global Workforce study, only about half of the 20,000 health care survey respondents expressed a generally favorable view of their organization's leadership. Here’s what employees sought out of leadership: that leadership is trustworthy and that they care about the well-being of others. The year 2015 marks the first time the millennial generation will outnumber their older colleagues in the U.S. workforce....

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