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  • Healthy Hospital Interiors

    May 8th, 2012 - 8:00 am

    We can’t always see, smell, or hear the presence of chemicals in building materials, furniture, and finishes. One may associate chemicals with cleaning solutions, disinfectants, mercury, and laboratory chemicals, but carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and asthmagens are frequently found in furniture, casework, fabrics, beds, and medical equipment. Hospitals are increasingly looking to architects and designers for their expertise in creating...

  • Guest Blog: Tracey Easthope

    May 8th, 2012 - 12:51 am

    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have highlighted halogenated flame retardants as priority chemicals for substitution. The wisdom of that position is very compellingly presented in a new series featured in the Chicago Tribune. You can see the first part of the series below. The article also highlights the industry's tactics in attempting to distort facts to keep flame retardants in products unnecessarily. The series...

  • Got Inspired at CleanMed!

    May 7th, 2012 - 10:40 am

    With over 800 attendees, CleanMed Denver was brimming with passion, creativity and success stories around healthier health care environments. From pre conference events around Greening the Supply Chain, Greening the OR and a tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

  • Creating a Culture of Sustainability

    April 12th, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    We all know that sustainability in health care has financial rewards and creates jobs. According to a new report issued by the Health Care Research Collaborativecalled “Creating a Culture of Sustainability:  Leadership, Coordination and Performance Measurement Systems in Healthcare,there are three key drivers to a successful program: 1) there must be an executive champion, or advocate, 2) sustainability values must be reflected in the...

  • Linking Healthy Hospitals with Healthy Communities and a Healthy Planet

    March 26th, 2012 - 8:23 am

    By Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm.

    Last week a coalition of eleven hospital systems and partnering health groups launched a new campaign to challenge the entire healthcare sector to embed sustainability into the core operating model of 21st century health care. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (www....

  • Health Care Sector on Path to Sustainability and Beyond

    March 17th, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    By Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth

    As sustainability increasingly becomes an important issue to the health care sector, Practice Greenhealth has led the movement to implement sustainable operations in hospitals and its supporting community. Practice Greenhealth is pleased to be working with more than 1200member hospital on their sustainability initiatives.  Yet, we believe that there are...

  • Poco a Poco – Sharing Jaibon, Dominican Republic – Janet Brown

    March 16th, 2012 - 8:47 am

    Two weeks ago, my daughter Franni and I (along with two other moms and their 8th grade girls) embarked on a volunteer trip to Jaibon, Dominican Republic through a not for profit— Outreach 360. We spent the week teaching English to children aged kindergarten through sixth grade and worked on a project associated with a boy’s orphanage that homed 22 amazing boys. The school principal and orphanage founder were one in the same – “La...

  • Become a Change Agent

    February 15th, 2012 - 1:31 am

    Change for the good is something we should all strive for. A change agent is someone who "alters human capability or organizational systems to achieve a higher degree of output or self actualization."

    What does this mean in a health care setting? We want to make changes that stick, that result in enabling staff to do more. 

    A change agent holds a vision of what could be and uses that as their driving force. They aren’t...

  • Spreading the Word

    January 11th, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    As stewardship programs mature, communication and marketing departments are joining with Green Teams to strategize about how to communicate stewardship activities to staff, patients and the community. Effective communication and engagement strategies can extend the commitment beyond the walls of the organization, into the community and into homes. Engaging people individually can help them become champions of organizational goals. While...

  • Leadership Inspires

    December 17th, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Health care leadership can often describe the moment they had their personal “AHA!” moment around health care environmental stewardship and the role leadership can play in transforming to a culture of environmental excellence. It’s the moment they realized that going green is more than a blue bin by the copier, more than carrying a reusable shopping bag or driving a Prius. Those are all important components, but the AHA! moment pulled it all...

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