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  • Healthier environments demonstrate respect for health care workers

    January 8th, 2018 - 12:39 pm

    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 - 7:26 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 - 1:00 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 - 9:29 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...

  • Watching your waste with Practice Greenhealth

    November 7th, 2017 - 3:13 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 - 4:43 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...

  • The role of transportation in achieving hospital greenhouse gas reduction goals

    July 31st, 2017 - 9:24 am

    Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, outreach and engagement specialist

    If your sustainability priorities don’t include a transportation program and strategies to reduce transportation-related emissions, you are missing a big opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation as a sector is the fastest growing source of worldwide carbon pollution, and contributes 27 percent...

  • Educating clinicians on health impacts of climate change

    July 7th, 2017 - 10:54 am

    By Sarah Spengeman, Ph.D., Health Care Without Harm Climate and Health program associate director

    Have you thought to yourself, “How can my hospital or system step up its climate leadership?” If so, Health Care Without Harm has plenty of ideas for you, including a great example from Inova. Practice Greenhealth member Inova Health System in Northern Virginia recently worked with...

  • In Search of Sustainable Products

    June 6th, 2017 - 12:35 pm

    By John Strong Principal of John Strong, LLC and serves as president of Greenhealth Management

    As you shake the sleep off, you realize that the sounds of your 12-year-old daughter’s latest asthma attack woke you. You determine immediately that this is going to require another trip to your local health care provider’s emergency room. When you pull up to the door of the emergency room, housed in a brand-new...

  • Effectively Managing Waste Anesthesia Gas

    June 5th, 2017 - 10:44 am

    By Julie Moyle, MSN, RN  Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    General anesthesia administered during surgical/interventional procedures typically includes the administration of anesthesia gases. Only about 5% of administered anesthesia gas is metabolized by the patient, while the other 95% is expired by the patient during respiration.1 To protect personnel in the OR from being exposed to the anesthesia gas, a...

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