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  • Journey to Engaged Leadership

    May 9th, 2016 - 3:48 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 - 2:16 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 - 8:50 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 - 8:01 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 - 1:49 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 - 10:11 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.”


  • Watch Out 2016! Are You Ready for Healthy Food in Health Care?

    January 22nd, 2016 - 10:26 am

    By Stacia Clinton

    Over this past year, the Healthy Food in Health Care network of leadership hospitals, clinician champions, and fierce food service directors charged forward, leading the food system towards resiliency and our nation's communities towards health. Transitions were ubiquitous as hospitals...

  • Start the Year by Registering for CleanMed

    January 13th, 2016 - 4:12 pm

    By Sherry MacDonald, Director of Marketing and Communications

    With the start of 2016, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm are already planning CleanMed 2016. We have many new features this year that will help you leverage current resources, do more with less, and keep you connected to thought leaders who can share their success strategies in environmentally friendly practices. Our exhibition will also...

  • The Transformative Power of Engaged Leadership—Leading from Any Chair

    January 5th, 2016 - 9:41 am

    Blair L. Sadler, JD, Past President & CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital; Senior Fellow, IHI; Board Member, Health Care Without Harm

    What a year 2015 turned out to be in terms of the environmental health! Historians may view this year as a landmark—the year when most of the world woke up to the fact that climate change was and is the most serious public health threat in the 21st century. From the Pope’s...

  • Climate and Health: 2016 is THE Year

    November 29th, 2015 - 9:11 pm

    By Lauren Kleinman, Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    It’s been a good year for climate in 2015—the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, the Pope’s encyclical on climate change, the Clean Power Plan, the White House Summit on Climate and Health, and of course as this blog is releasing- the upcoming Paris talks. 2015 was also the year we saw health systems making firmer commitments to climate:


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