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  • Healthy Climate, Healthy People

    July 10th, 2013 - 9:25 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 - 5:26 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 - 3:08 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 - 4:07 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 - 2:40 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 - 8:10 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...

  • The New CleanMed

    March 6th, 2013 - 2:26 pm
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    By Carrie Abernathy, Practice Greenhealth director of education, training & events

    CleanMed is already one of the most sustainable conferences in the U.S., but this year’s meeting in Boston will offer new innovations in sustainability, plus some exciting new updates ensure attendees are involved and engaged. Instead of getting a conference bag filled with printed materials, you’ll receive a device upon check-in that is...

  • Governments Agree: Global Mercury Free Health Care by 2020!

    January 25th, 2013 - 4:42 pm
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    Joshua Karliner
    International Team Coordinator
    Health Care Without Harm

    Last week in Geneva, the world’s governments  finalized text for a global legally binding treaty on mercury, the bio-accumulative heavy metal that is poisoning the world’s fish supply, threatening public health and the environment.   Among other measures, the treaty text mandates an end to the manufacture, import and export...

  • Changemaker Inspiring Change

    December 12th, 2012 - 4:17 pm
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    Seema Wadhwa
    Director, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    I recently had the opportunity to listen to Derek Parker receive the Changemaker Award at CHD's Healthcare Design Conference.

    His acceptance speech was unlike any other I had ever listened to – partly because it was less a speech and more an interview, but mostly because it was so raw and real.

    There were indeed some sound bites that...

  • Hospitals – Key to Emergency Preparedness

    December 1st, 2012 - 5:06 pm
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    By Laura Wenger, RN
    Executive Director
    Practice Greenhealth

    Hospitals – Key to Emergency Preparedness

    As climate change continues to impact human health, record number of asthma and respiratory disease cases are brought forth each day to our hospital community. Diseases that were once thought of as only impacting foreign lands are now being seen for the first time in the United States. Our hospitals...

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