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  • Special Report: Building the Business Case for More Sustainable Hospitals

    March 12th, 2015 - 2:11 pm

    By Keith Sutter, Director of Medical Device Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

    Support for sustainability among health care professionals is significant. A recent global Harris Poll survey commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found that more than three-quarters of health care professionals across six countries believe sustainability initiatives protect staff, and nearly 70 percent agreed they make business sense. ...

  • Using Community Benefits to Improve Healthy Food Access

    February 10th, 2015 - 3:04 pm

    By Jennifer Obadia

    As described in Health Care Without Harm’s report, Utilization of Community Benefits to Improve Healthy Food Access in...

  • Join us in Portland for CleanMed 2015

    January 26th, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    As we move into 2015, CleanMed is coming up – and the early-bird deadline is looming just one month away! If you have been to CleanMed, you know the outstanding value that it is, and the incredible takeaways you will bring back to your organization to save money as well as the environment. If you haven’t attended, and you play any role in the sustainability process in your organization, you will find it invaluable. What you learn at CleanMed...

  • Happy New Year from Practice Greenhealth!

    January 7th, 2015 - 10:49 am

    As we celebrate 2014, the Practice Greenhealth team thanks each of you, our members and partners, for giving us the opportunity to join you in making the world a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable place.
    We’re especially grateful to those of you who attended CleanMed in 2014 and made the event a success...

  • CleanMed – Leading by Example

    December 8th, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    With the end of the year approaching, all of us at Practice Greenhealth and the Healthier Hospital Initiative are looking forward to CleanMed 2015. At CleanMed, the health care community comes together to share our knowledge and thoughts, opinions and real-life successes, and our challenges and best practices. We come together to celebrate and acknowledge the great work you do to improve human and environmental health.

    Plan to Attend...

  • Environmental Sustainability and the Triple Aim

    November 10th, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Blog by Blair Sadler, Esq., Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    Now is the time to make environmental sustainability part of your quality improvement work.

    Years ago when I was a hospital CEO, I didn't have sustainability on my radar screen. I wasn't aware of the significant impact that the health care sector has on the environment – and on quality care. I didn't consider the amount of...

  • Engineering Energy Savings at Fletcher Allen Health Care

    November 4th, 2014 - 10:53 am

    By Wes Pooler

    In today’s sustainability-minded society, we often assume that expensive alternative energies are the best way to “go green.” But through my work as Director of Facilities Management, I’ve learned that we can significantly reduce energy use by simply re-engineering our existing infrastructure.

    In recognition of National...

  • Ebola Waste: An Emerging Sustainability Issue

    October 16th, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    By Janet Howard, Director, Facility Engagement, Practice Greenhealth

    For health care sustainability managers, there’s an emerging waste stream to consider—waste from the Ebola virus. How do hospitals prepare for this potential waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource...

  • Products Used to Safeguard Health Should be Healthy

    October 14th, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    The condom: a small device that has huge health benefits. By preventing STDs and unwanted pregnancies, condoms are a small miracle if you think about it. That’s why we were concerned when we heard about the Reproductive Health Technologies Project study that came out this September. The study revealed that out of 23 male latex condoms tested, 16...

  • Focusing on Sterile Processing Offers Big Environmental Impact and Cost Savings

    October 3rd, 2014 - 10:38 am

    By Emilio Tenuta, vice president, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

    The recent Greening the OR Symposiumin Chicago was an important opportunity for hospitals and surgical leaders across the country to come together and share ideas about how we can provide healthy environments both inside and outside of the operating room. With ORs accounting for nearly one-third of a hospital’s total waste...

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