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  • Feed People - Not Landfills

    November 2nd, 2015 - 8:55 am

    By Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals

    “Let’s feed people, not landfills. By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for future generations" said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

    According to the EPA, the United States spends about one billion dollars a year just to dispose...

  • How are health care quality improvement and environmental sustainability connected?

    October 29th, 2015 - 10:42 am

    By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA, Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

    Part two of a two-part blog series begun last week.


  • Tip of the Hat to Practice Greenhealth’s Quality Management Professionals!

    October 21st, 2015 - 11:54 am

    By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA, Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

    Practice Greenhealth celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week October 18-24, 2015 by recognizing our members who exemplify the work in improving population health in their communities.

    Health Care Sustainability is a fun Quality Improvement Project with Serious Benefits

    As a director of...

  • Sustainable foodservice starts with you

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:46 am

    Practice Greenhealth launches new resources this month

    Breathing in through my nose, I turned to my father and said “I love the smell of freshly turned soil.” I was only 7. At a young age, I took to my father’s side and helped in every way I could by assembling packaging together after...

  • Earn Trust

    August 28th, 2015 - 8:52 am

    Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement

    “Call me if you find a needle on the floor.” 

    These were words that I said to environmental services workers back in 1991 when I was hired as a waste manager in a New York City hospital. At first, they didn’t call me. But I kept saying it. Then I got a call and went up on the floors to look into it.  Over time the...

  • Top three Myths About Using Social Media

    August 21st, 2015 - 3:34 pm

    In many ways, the potential of social media as a communication tool is misunderstood, if not underestimated. While professionals tend to use LinkedIn as their digital networking platform of choice, social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can also be used to build networks, share information, be a part of trending conversations, and connect in an increasingly technological world. While often considered to be geared toward more...

  • CleanMed: The Lean, Mean, Green Health Care Conference!

    June 25th, 2015 - 3:58 pm

    By now I am sure you’ve heard of our annual conference, CleanMed, which takes place each spring to bring together health care sustainability professionals and suppliers. However, many people don’t realize that CleanMed is one of the most environmentally friendly tradeshows in the country. As director of education and events for Practice Greenhealth, it is my role to make sure all aspects of CleanMed come...

  • Practice Greenhealth and Johnson & Johnson Partner to Advance Sustainability in Health Care

    June 17th, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    Last month, the health care industry came together in Portland, Oregon for CleanMed 2015 – the nation’s premiere conference for sustainability in health care. The message at this year’s conference was clear: Within the health care industry, opportunities abound to lead the way for positive environmental impact. Johnson & Johnson and Practice Greenhealth sponsored a survey to glean insights from attendees on their facilities’...

  • CleanMed marks its twelfth conference

    June 2nd, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Author: Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director

    This month Practice Greenhealth and HCWH brought almost one thousand health care professionals, suppliers to health care, educators, and others interested in the sector, to Portland, Oregon for CleanMed 2015.

    We know there are strong and definitive connections between human health, environmental health, and financial health. The organizations leading the transformation of health...

  • The 45th Anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22!

    April 14th, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Author: Sherry MacDonald, Director of Marketing and Communications, Practice Greenhealth

    This is a day to give thanks, educate and celebrate health care’s commitment to our environment and the planet. While we all know that Earth Day is every day, April 22 is a day for tree planting, departmental clean-up contests, cooking demonstrations, community shredding for document recycling and much more. What do...

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