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  • Community

    August 24th, 2014 - 9:08 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 - 11:51 am

    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 - 3:13 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 - 4:06 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 - 2:03 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 - 8:29 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...

  • Happy Earth Day from Practice Greenhealth

    April 2nd, 2014 - 12:27 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 - 4:13 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 - 4:45 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 - 2:35 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.


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