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

    December 10th, 2013 - 1:48 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 - 12:28 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 - 10:51 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 - 8:24 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 - 12:58 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 - 1:07 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...

  • Dr. King’s Dream and Environmental Justice

    August 28th, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    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 - 10:37 am

    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 - 3:54 pm

    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 - 9:25 am

    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...

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