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  • Engineering Energy Savings at Fletcher Allen Health Care

    November 4th, 2014 - 11:53 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 - 4:50 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 - 1:10 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 - 11:38 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...

  • Community

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Author: Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth

    Community: A body of persons or organizations having shared interests within society

    It’s my sincere and great pleasure to join the talented and dedicated community that is Practice Greenhealth.

    The Practice Greenhealth community of corporate, nonprofit, and policy professionals and organizations, has been, and will...

  • The Greening the OR Symposium

    July 22nd, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    September 11, 2014 | Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, IL

    When I attended the Greening the OR workshop in Tampa last year, what struck me was the large range of stakeholders in the room—bringing various perspectives to the table, and all interested in environmental opportunities in the OR. Not only were they interested in saving money, they were concerned for their communities, patients, and aligning with the missions...

  • Total Cost of Ownership

    June 26th, 2014 - 4:13 pm

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

    As we delve more and more into the health care supply chain, Practice Greenhealth has announced a new Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) framework that is being developed by Practice Greenhealth and its members to evaluate the total cost of a medical device or product from purchase and use to disposal. This framework brings together hospitals, group...

  • Learn From Others Along the Journey to Sustainability

    May 30th, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Author: Terri Scannell, VHA director of corporate citizenship and sustainability

    When hospitals take steps toward creating a sustainability practice within their facility they are also creating a healthier environment beyond their walls. Despite many hospitals starting their sustainability journey without a map, they are able to achieve change in their hospitals and communities.

    Over the last few weeks I have been...

  • One Year Later: Hospitals move from ideals to action on “antibiotic-free” meat

    May 19th, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Blog posted by Sapna Thottathil and Lucia Sayre on May 5, 2014

    Last spring, the Academic Senate at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center passed a groundbreaking resolution: To stop purchasing meat that had been raised with non-therapeutic antibiotics. 

    The Department of...

  • Hope Springs Eternal – An Earth Day Wish For Health Care Sustainability Teams

    April 3rd, 2014 - 9:29 am

    By Janet Howard, Director of Content & Outreach, HHI
    Director, Facility Engagement, Practice Greenhealth

    On April 22, Earth Day, health care green teams organize educational events, fun competitions and give back to their communities. But for green teams, it also becomes another thing to do – another thing to plan for. I have an Earth Day Wish for health care sustainability leads, or more often, the multiple-hat-wearing green...

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