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Practice Greenhealth Announces the New 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report

New Report illustrates the progress of sustainability across the health care sector

September 14, 2012 (Reston, Virginia)– Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards Sustainability Benchmark Report, a 134-page detailed analysis of activities and programs from a large number of member hospitals across the united states that are highly-engaged in their commitments to sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices. Available for download by Practice Greenhealth members, the report compiles a vast amount of data collected from the applications of this year’s 171 Partner for Change, Partner for Change with Distinction, and Environmental Leadership Circle Award winners.

The data in the report specifically illustrates the techniques and types of projects that Award-winning hospitals are implementing on their path to sustainability. In this report, you will find data on many different areas within a health care facility, including: sustainability and environmental infrastructure, sustainable activities in the community and the health care sector, waste profiling and costs, solid waste and recycling, regulated medical waste (RMW), chemical waste management, environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP), food services, facilities and construction, energy, water and transportation.

Savings are also broken down, with Award winners saving over $18 million on single use device reprocessing, alone!

The Benchmark Report can provide a snapshot in time of the state of sustainability in Award-winning hospitals across America, or can be used to answer very specific questions, such as:

  • How did these hospitals save $55 million?
  • How much waste per adjusted patient day, per bed or per square foot are these facilities generating?
  • Which waste stream contributes 11% of the waste stream, but takes up 41% of the disposal costs?
  • Which types of green cleaning products are being purchased?
  • Which chemicals and attributes are avoided in purchasing practices and policies?
  • How much electricity or total energy are facilities using per square foot?
  • How much money, energy and water are efficiency projects saving these facilities?

This is the only report that shows comprehensive data illustrating the progress of sustainability across the health care sector. In addition to reporting out on metrics, the report shares sustainability trends and emerging areas of focus, such as Greening the OR®.  The report looks at which plastics are most likely to be recycled in the OR and which reusable items are most likely to be purchased. Did you know that twice as many of our top winners have installed rubber or non-PVC flooring in the OR as have installed occupancy sensors?

 “The Sustainability Benchmark Report is designed to assist Practice Greenhealth member hospitals in measuring their performance and defining strategic steps in their efforts toward sustainability,” said Laura Wenger, RN, executive director of Practice Greenhealth.   She adds, “Many of our members use our awards application and benchmark report to identify and establish their sustainability goals for the year.” 

Overall, Practice Greenhealth member hospitals are achieving dramatic reductions in their environmental footprints and are committed to implementing sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

For more information about the 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report, please contact Sherry MacDonald, Director of Marketing and Communications, at smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.orgor (703) 870-7494.


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