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  • Watching your waste with Practice Greenhealth

    November 7th, 2017 - 2:13 pm
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    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.

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  • Anesthesia providers lead in health care GHG reduction

    September 4th, 2017 - 3:43 pm
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    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 - 8:24 am
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    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 - 9:54 am
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    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 - 11:35 am
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    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 - 9:44 am
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    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...

  • Hospitals collaborate with vendors to address public health through animal agriculture

    June 5th, 2017 - 9:20 am
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    By Hillary Greenwood

    Thanks to increasing demand for poultry raised without routine antibiotics, cost reductions and improved availability have made it easier for hospitals to add more sustainably-raised chicken to their menus.

    Health systems in the Practice Greenhealth and Health Care...

  • Major Food Service Management Companies Help to Fill the GAP for Hospital Chicken Needs

    February 16th, 2017 - 2:34 pm
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    Hillary Greenwood, National Procurement Director, Health Care Without Harm, Healthy Food in Health Care Program

    2016 was a momentous year for addressing routine antibiotic use and animal welfare in broiler chicken production. While many commitments were made in 2015 and earlier, 2016 was the year when retail, fast food, and food management sectors manifested these promises in a variety of ways. Restaurants...

  • The Environmental Excellence Awards

    February 7th, 2017 - 9:51 am
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    Each year, a growing number of Practice Greenhealth members participate in the Environmental Excellence Awards. It’s safe to say, the awards applications are a considerable undertaking, and require team participation, coaxing and follow-through in order to complete an award submission. Given the workload, why do hospitals continue to participate? Beyond the resulting recognition, how is the awards process adding value to...

  • Over 70 Hospitals Engaged in Conscientious Culinary Creativity for Food Day

    December 7th, 2016 - 11:19 am
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    Blog posted by the Healthy Food Team of Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm

    To celebrate Food Day in 2016, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth teamed up with Menus of Change, an initiative of The Culinary Institute of America and...

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