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  • It’s Time to Know the Benefits of a Cost of Ownership Assessment

    August 2nd, 2016 - 9:51 am

    Beth Eckl, Director, Environmental Purchasing Program

    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...

  • Accurate Measuring of “Local” and “Sustainable” Starts with Separation

    July 1st, 2016 - 2:09 am

    By Thresa Pattee

    Are local and sustainable foods the same thing? The response, in short, is not always. Applying the terms “local” and “sustainable” synonymously and interchangeably can lead to false conclusions. As health care facilities strive to incorporate environmental best practices in their food service— and measure their success in this endeavor— accuracy and precision of language is of vital importance....

  • Unauthorized Mercury Communication

    June 16th, 2016 - 6:37 pm

    You may have received a recent communication via U.S. mail with the headline “Notice” (June 6) that discusses products containing mercury amalgam…” This communication also includes an undated and altered communication originally written by HCWH staff member Joshua Karliner and is printed under the Practice Greenhealth logo.

    While Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm do support the...

  • The Time is Right for Employee Home Solar

    June 6th, 2016 - 1:31 pm

    It’s my dream to have solar panels on my home, a Tesla power wall, and a Tesla Model 3 to run on the sun. I even have a “Sustainable Living” fund on my wedding registry to put money towards making that dream come true.

    So it’s probably no surprise that I am excited to unveil a new Practice Greenhealth exclusive toolkit that helps make this a reality for health care workers across the nation. This Green Employee...

  • Journey to Engaged Leadership

    May 9th, 2016 - 4:48 pm


    Bonnie Maddex, RD, LD
    Clinical Dietitian/Sustainability Coordinator
    St Johns Medical Center

    I have been the chair of the recycling team/ sustainability committee at St. Johns Medical Center for many years. What we did or accomplished ebbed and flowed based on time restraints and the current administration/leadership team. We currently have a CEO who is very interested in wellness, both for...

  • May 6-12, 2016 National Nurses Week

    May 2nd, 2016 - 3:16 pm

    We salute Sustainability Nursing Champions #nursesweek

    Nurses have always been drivers for a healthier hospital. From starting a recycling program that included bringing bags of plastic home to educating new mothers about safe baby care products, our nurses are exhibiting the highest of ethical standards of beneficence. Nurses all over the country are demanding healthier foods for their co-workers and patients, they are...

  • The Power of Visioning and Goal Setting

    April 13th, 2016 - 9:50 am

    Kathy Gerwig presented Kaiser Permanente’s Bold Goals for improved environmental performance in a Practice Greenhealth March 2016 webinar entitled “THRIVE – Setting Bold Goals at Kaiser Permanente.” Kaiser Permanente’s goals are team goals – with team...

  • The Beat Blog: Earth Day – Loving the Planet Earth

    April 5th, 2016 - 9:01 am

    April 22 is Earth Day. If you’re reading this blog, you share a passion for healing the planet. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are challenged by the complexity of health care and pushing for positive change. On this Earth Day, 2016, let’s share an experience where we feel connected and calmed by the beauty of the planet earth. When do you slow down, unplug, power down and take in the sites, sounds and spirit of your surroundings...

  • CleanMed Preconference Session: Transportation and Climate Change

    March 11th, 2016 - 2:49 pm

    Author: Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    Why should you care about transportation?

    If your hospital environmental goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), you are missing a BIG opportunity if your sustainability strategies don’t include a transportation program. A case study by Practice Greenhealth member Ministry Health Care, part of Ascension Health, found that...

  • Why Water?

    March 1st, 2016 - 11:11 am

    By: Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA, Member Engagement Manager

    “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth...these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”


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