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  • The New CleanMed

    March 6th, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    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 - 5:42 pm

    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 - 5:17 pm

    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 - 6:06 pm

    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...

  • Greening the Hospital at HCA

    November 3rd, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    By Alan Yuspeh, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at HCA

    The sustainability effort of the 164 hospitals that are part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) is well documented in our sustainability plan.   We think you’ll find it of...

  • New Research Collaborative Study Shows that Going Green Saves Money

    November 2nd, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    By Susan Kaplan, JD Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Health and Director of the Health Care Research Collaborative

    Chicago, IL — There has long been a perception that “going green” costs more. Especially in the health care environment, where costs seem to be constantly escalating, sustainability may be perceived as “a luxury we can’t afford.”

    Yet we at the Health...

  • How do you present your brand?

    September 23rd, 2012 - 4:42 pm


    Author:  Janet Brown, Director of Facility Engagement and Outreach

    A brand is a feature that identifies your good or service as distinct from those of other sellers—it tells your prospects what differentiates your offering from other, similar offerings. If you are actively implementing sustainability initiatives in your facility, are you also including this work as part of your brand definition? 

  • 10 Years of CleanMed Value

    September 12th, 2012 - 8:54 am

    CleanMed is such a valuable educational opportunity. Each year hundreds of environmental health professionals from the Practice Greenhealth membership highlight their success stories, their how-tos, and what they did to achieve their accomplishments.

    This year, we opened registration earlier than ever because we expect record-breaking attendance in Boston April 24-26, 2013 for the 10-year anniversary of our CleanMed conference. The...

  • Snapshot of Sustainability: The 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report

    July 17th, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    By Lin Hill, Director of the Awards Program

    As Director of Awards, I am pleased to announce the release of Practice Greenhealth’s 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report available for down load by Practice Greenhealth members. The report compiles a vast amount of data collected from the...

  • From Sustainability to the White House

    July 16th, 2012 - 11:40 am

    By Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System

    Of all the things Inova excels at, I never thought our sustainability program would be the thing to land us at the White House. After all, all five of our hospitals ranked top 20 in the country by US News & World Report! We protect the health of members of our community who would otherwise go without coverage. We treat sports stars, politicians, celebrities, and even ex-Vice...

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