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  • Incorporating LEED HC into an HHI Hospital

    July 8th, 2012 - 2:41 pm
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    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) new LEED-Healthcare (LEED HC) program provides a way to measure sustainability in a medical facility. It follows the established LEED platform with additional credits aimed at the healthcare environment, and adds a health emphasis into a sustainable building project. If your facility is working on a building project, LEED HC is a good way to embed sustainability into the building.

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  • Examining the “cause of the cause” for sustainable hospitals

    July 1st, 2012 - 10:15 pm
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    By Janet Brown Director of Facility Engagement and Director Of Content And Outreach, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    The notion of looking for the cause of the cause is a familiar application in sustainability and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. For years, I implemented recycling and waste programs as the Waste Manager at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  We worked...

  • Are you up to the Safer Chemicals Challenge?

    June 20th, 2012 - 3:24 pm
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    The recent series in the Chicago Tribune regarding the safety of flame retardants really caught the attention of our hospital members, who strive to remove unsafe chemicals from their facilities. As a result of this, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) sent letters to many manufacturers asking them to accelerate the development of interior furnishings products that do...

  • Health Care Research Collaborative Report Studies Human, Environmental Health Impacts

    May 8th, 2012 - 2:09 pm
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    Substituting mercury with alternative materials for dental fillings has less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a new report by the Health Care Research Collaborative. The Research Collaborative released “Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives: A Comparative Health Risk Evaluation,” which compares the health and...

  • Healthy Hospital Interiors

    May 8th, 2012 - 7:00 am
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    We can’t always see, smell, or hear the presence of chemicals in building materials, furniture, and finishes. One may associate chemicals with cleaning solutions, disinfectants, mercury, and laboratory chemicals, but carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and asthmagens are frequently found in furniture, casework, fabrics, beds, and medical equipment. Hospitals are increasingly looking to architects and designers for their expertise in creating...

  • Guest Blog: Tracey Easthope

    May 7th, 2012 - 11:51 pm
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    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have highlighted halogenated flame retardants as priority chemicals for substitution. The wisdom of that position is very compellingly presented in a new series featured in the Chicago Tribune. You can see the first part of the series below. The article also highlights the industry's tactics in attempting to distort facts to keep flame retardants in products unnecessarily. The series...

  • Got Inspired at CleanMed!

    May 7th, 2012 - 9:40 am
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    With over 800 attendees, CleanMed Denver was brimming with passion, creativity and success stories around healthier health care environments. From pre conference events around Greening the Supply Chain, Greening the OR and a tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

  • Creating a Culture of Sustainability

    April 12th, 2012 - 6:37 pm
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    We all know that sustainability in health care has financial rewards and creates jobs. According to a new report issued by the Health Care Research Collaborativecalled “Creating a Culture of Sustainability:  Leadership, Coordination and Performance Measurement Systems in Healthcare,there are three key drivers to a successful program: 1) there must be an executive champion, or advocate, 2) sustainability values must be reflected in the...

  • Linking Healthy Hospitals with Healthy Communities and a Healthy Planet

    March 26th, 2012 - 7:23 am
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    By Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm.

    Last week a coalition of eleven hospital systems and partnering health groups launched a new campaign to challenge the entire healthcare sector to embed sustainability into the core operating model of 21st century health care. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (www....

  • Health Care Sector on Path to Sustainability and Beyond

    March 17th, 2012 - 4:09 pm
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    By Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth

    As sustainability increasingly becomes an important issue to the health care sector, Practice Greenhealth has led the movement to implement sustainable operations in hospitals and its supporting community. Practice Greenhealth is pleased to be working with more than 1200member hospital on their sustainability initiatives.  Yet, we believe that there are...

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