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

    June 5th, 2017 - 10:20 am

    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 - 3:34 pm

    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 - 10:51 am

    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 - 12:19 pm

    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...

  • Florida Health Systems Share Regional Energy and Water Efficiency Best Practices

    December 6th, 2016 - 4:31 am

    By Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

    In 2016, the state of Florida saw states of emergencies as a result of a massive algae bloom in its fresh water supply, the arrival of the...

  • Blue Wrap and the Circular Economy

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:04 am

    Christopher Bodkin, Data Coordinator Sector Performance and Recognition

    Waste from the health care sector is significant:

    • 255 Million lbs. of blue wrap is thrown away annually.
    • Businesses are turning blue...
  • Put Your Best Food Forward: Celebrate Food Day 2016 with Our Recipe Challenge

    October 4th, 2016 - 10:14 am

    By Thresa Pattee, Food Program Coordinator, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm

    Fall is quickly approaching; farmers markets throughout the country are in full swing providing a bounty of local and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables such as apples and kiwis, root vegetables and squash. The changing season in the air is setting the table for thoughts on preparing and sharing delicious...

  • New Film Showcases Health Care’s Mission to Protect People and the Planet

    October 4th, 2016 - 9:23 am

    By Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

    Twenty years ago, a small group of doctors, nurses, and health care leaders realized that, in violation of the...

  • GCO Calculator

    September 21st, 2016 - 10:54 am

    Look beyond the price tag – consider the organization’s total financial commitment when purchasing products and services.

    Hospitals have an enormous energy footprint—the impact of this is costly, both financially and environmentally.

    Gaining more insight into supply costs—beyond the initial price tag—is an important step to saving money. When it comes to the total cost of ownership of a product, additional costs occur...

  • Think Locally, Track Sustainability

    September 6th, 2016 - 9:02 am

    By Thresa Pattee

    Food service departments across the country are influencing their supply chain by channeling human health values into their purchasing choices. Yet, the impact does not end at the point of purchase. When these products are tracked with intention, teasing out which are sourced locally and which are produced with verifiable...

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