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  • EPA Seeks Input on Drug Flushing Ban

    November 18th, 2015 - 7:45 pm
    In the News

    All health care facilities would be banned from flushing drugs among other changes in a proposed rule.

    November 18, 2015

    Paul Barr

    Stop flushing pills down the toilet.

    That’s the message behind a proposed...

  • Conversations on Health Care

    November 18th, 2015 - 2:45 pm
    In the News

    Gary Cohen, Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm

    Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Gary Cohen, 2015 MacArthur Fellow and Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm. His work is focused on motivating the health care industry to "do no harm" by reducing the...

  • Prescribing a climate remedy: Healthcare leaders aim to affect international climate change negotiations

    November 17th, 2015 - 1:05 pm
    Press Releases

    For an industry that loves to promote the “triple aim” buzz phrase, the U.S. healthcare system often leaves out one important element.

    By Bob Herman  | November 14, 2015


  • Feed People - Not Landfills

    November 2nd, 2015 - 8:55 am

    By Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals

    “Let’s feed people, not landfills. By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for future generations" said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

    According to the EPA, the United States spends about one billion dollars a year just to dispose...

  • Less Waste Challenge Refreshed!

    October 29th, 2015 - 5:59 pm

    Each month through January 2016, Healthier Hospitals is releasing refreshed measures, informed by enrollee feedback and data analysis over the three-year initiative. November brings us the Less Waste measure, and there are no big changes to this challenge beyond the refreshed guidance materials. The goals and data submission details are the same, with one small...

  • Recapping the Greening the OR Symposium

    October 29th, 2015 - 5:44 pm

    Kaeleigh Sheehan, Engagement Manager, Greening the Operating Room 

    In September, Practice Greenhealth held the Greening the OR Symposium in Reston, Virginia. The one-day workshop focused on sustainability issues specific to the OR - waste and purchasing, lean strategies and operational efficiencies, energy and water conservation and the built environment.

    One of the most exciting themes of the day wasn’t just the...

  • 3M Sustainability in Health Care Summit

    October 29th, 2015 - 4:56 pm

    By Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals

    The October 16, 2015, 3M Sustainability in Health Care Summit held at the 3M Innovation Center gave us a glimpse into the future of health care sustainability. An impressive lineup of health care sustainability leaders shared, as Kathy Gerwig put it, “Bold Goals” for their health systems, with a focus on greenhouse gas reduction, water...

  • How are health care quality improvement and environmental sustainability connected?

    October 29th, 2015 - 10:42 am

    By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA, Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

    Part two of a two-part blog series begun last week.


  • Tip of the Hat to Practice Greenhealth’s Quality Management Professionals!

    October 21st, 2015 - 11:54 am

    By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA, Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

    Practice Greenhealth celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week October 18-24, 2015 by recognizing our members who exemplify the work in improving population health in their communities.

    Health Care Sustainability is a fun Quality Improvement Project with Serious Benefits

    As a director of...

  • University of Maryland Medical Center Awarded LEED Certification for Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower

    October 19th, 2015 - 12:34 pm
    In the News

    Baltimore – Oct. 13, 2015. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower, a 140,000-square-foot patient care building that was completed in late 2013. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an internationally recognized measurement of a building’s adherence to sustainable, or “green,” principles.

    UMMC is...

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