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  • Happy Earth Day from Practice Greenhealth

    April 2nd, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Are you planning on celebrating Earth Day this year?

    Need some new ideas?

    Did you do something very successful last year that you’d be willing to share with your colleagues?

    April 22 is Earth Day, the day that Practice Greenhealth members demonstrate their commitment to staff, patients and their community through educational, fun and healthy...

  • Marry Me*—A Foodie at Heart

    February 27th, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    By Rachelle Reyes Wenger, MPA
    Director, Public Policy & Community Advocacy, Dignity Health

    So it was, let’s say serendipity, neither our Director of Ecology nor Director of Product Line...

  • Rethinking Environmentally Preferred Purchasing: A Case Study in Implementation at Kaiser Permanente

    February 4th, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    By Vanessa Lochner, Kaiser Permanente's director for the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing program

    Achieving an environmentally preferable purchasing program is simpler than many people realize. From the start, it’s important to determine the desired results.

    At Kaiser Permanente, our decision to pursue a more rigorous EPP program was motivated by five environmental priorities:  cleaner energy, safer...

  • Dreaming of my day in the Sun – Reflections of an Apple Core

    February 4th, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    By Mac N. Tosh

    When some people look at me—they see garbage. Not everyone sees my beauty. They don’t see me to the core. I have healing properties and I don’t just mean when I’m consumed. I still have a mission—even when others are done with me and I’m just a core.


  • Guest blog from the Director of groundWork, Friends of the Earth South Africa

    December 10th, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    The environmental justice movement, and indeed my own environmental justice activism is grounded by the experience of working with Madiba to ensure that South Africans achieve the promise of a life that was enshrined by our Constitution, a life where people live in relations of solidarity and equity with each other and in non-degrading and positive relationships with their environments.


  • Thank you for helping us raise nearly $45,000!

    November 25th, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    By Laura Wenger, RN
    Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth

    During this week of giving thanks, please accept our deepest gratitude for your participation in the HCWH online fundraising campaign. Health Care Without Harm ended up 16th out of 57 participating groups and made the front page of the challenge. The teams, including Practice Greenhealth, together raised nearly $45,000. Along with the other amazing...

  • Superstorm Sandy -- Lessons for Health Care in a Changing Climate

    October 30th, 2013 - 11:51 am

    By Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm; and Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED® AP, Principal, Perkins + Will, New York, NY

    It has been a year since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey shoreline and New York City, knocking out the grid, trapping millions in their homes without power and forcing the evacuation of several critical care hospitals. The estimated ongoing clean-up cost is $70 billion. ...

  • Sustainable Food for a Sustainable Life

    October 14th, 2013 - 9:24 pm

    By: Christina Quint, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    The generally accepted premise regarding what makes food sustainable is that it is healthy for consumers, and does not harm the environment. As such, it seems only fitting that the drive for sustainability in the health care industry includes an examination of the food we eat, and an intense advocacy for food that is dually healthy for people and the planet.

    Obesity, heart...

  • Climbing the Hill

    September 30th, 2013 - 1:58 pm

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

    This year I turned 50 and celebrated myself by participating in a bike trip in Tuscany, Italy. After the trip, I would be traveling directly from Italy to San...

  • Connection Between Pollution and Health Care

    September 1st, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    By Seema Wadhwa, Director, HHI

    As Pollution Prevention Week draws to a close, it is worthwhile to look ahead at the responsibility that the healthcare industry has to take initiative. The connection between the problem of pollution and the healthcare industry is both twofold, and cyclical. 

    First, the health care industry is responsible for a significant amount of waste and environmental pollution—approximately...

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