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  • Dr. King’s Dream and Environmental Justice

    August 28th, 2013 - 4:08 pm
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    By Gwen Keyes Fleming, Chief of Staff to the Administrator, EPA

    President Obama will mark the anniversary of the March on Washington today at the Lincoln Memorial, the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic speech 50 years ago. As we all reflect on Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and his influence on American society, let’s also celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of social and environmental justice.

    Dr. King was...

  • Clinician Engagement: The Role of the Physician

    August 5th, 2013 - 11:37 am
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    By Amy Collins, M.D.
    HealthCare Sustainability Consultant, Vanguard Health Systems

    I was living a pretty green life, or so I thought. I had been composting for years, was an avid recycler, was known for turning off lights and computers not in use and grew up using reusable grocery bags – doing it all because it just made sense. But my attitude towards greenness and reason to be environmentally responsible changed...

  • What are you recycling? Let us know!

    July 22nd, 2013 - 4:54 pm
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    By: Lara Sutherland, Director of Business Membership

    Practice Greenhealth surveys our member and non-member contacts periodically throughout the year to inform the development of our services and to provide our members with timely information on health care sustainability trends.  Your thoughts are important to us, and to thank you, when you fill out our survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter a raffle for a Starbucks...

  • Minimizing healthcare’s environmental footprint

    July 15th, 2013 - 10:25 am
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    By Jeff Thompson, MD
    CEO, Gundersen Health System

    It wasn’t too long ago when you would rarely hear “healthcare” and “sustainability” in the same sentence. After all, many healthcare organizations thought their purpose was to take care of patients in a hospital or clinic. That’s true. But at Gundersen Health System headquartered in the Midwestern city of La Crosse, Wis., we believe it is also our responsibility to help our...

  • Healthy Climate, Healthy People

    July 10th, 2013 - 10:25 am
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    By Gary Cohen, President, Health Care Without Harm; Co-Founder, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

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  • For YOU, For Us, For the Sector

    July 3rd, 2013 - 6:26 pm
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    By: Janet Brown, HHI Director of Content & Outreach, Healthier Hospitals Initiative and Director, Facility Engagement, Practice Greenhealth

    Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Thompson, President and CEO of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Leadership Circle Award Winning Facility, Gundersen Health and Gary Cohen,...

  • What makes a grid smarter?

    June 11th, 2013 - 4:08 pm
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    By Seema Wadhwa, Director Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    I have often heard the term smart grid but I have to admit I realized I needed to further educate myself on exactly what that meant. What I learned can best be described by saying a smart grid is very much like a living system.

    To better understand this, let’s look at this concept on a small scale. Consider your daily use of energy, you are using many of...

  • Promoting Sustainable Health Care

    May 21st, 2013 - 5:07 pm
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    By Gary Cohen, president and founder of Health Care Without Harm

    Imagine energy efficient hospitals that save money on energy bills to use for critical patient care, and that promote renewable energy as a community health and...

  • Investing in Sustainability: How does your hospital decide?

    April 12th, 2013 - 3:40 pm
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    By: Al Iannuzzi, Senor Director Worldwide Environment, Health and Safety, Johnson & Johnson

    It’s not surprising that the health care industry is embracing a sustainability mindset, as the link among greener operations, improved patient outcomes and lower operating costs has become more apparent.

    In anticipation of the 2013 CleanMed Conference and Exposition, Practice Greenhealth and Johnson & Johnson...

  • Safer Chemicals: Overcoming the Barriers

    March 22nd, 2013 - 9:10 am
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    By: Seema Wadhwa, Director, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    I recently had the opportunity to moderate panel to a very engaged audience at Healthcare Design conference. I was very pleased with the make-up of the audience—facility owners, interior designers, physicians and CEOs What I was most impressed with was that everybody in that room was there because they cared about chemicals of concern—namely PVC, halogenated...

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