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  • 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...

  • 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...

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