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  • The 45th Anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22!

    April 14th, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Author: Sherry MacDonald, Director of Marketing and Communications, Practice Greenhealth

    This is a day to give thanks, educate and celebrate health care’s commitment to our environment and the planet. While we all know that Earth Day is every day, April 22 is a day for tree planting, departmental clean-up contests, cooking demonstrations, community shredding for document recycling and much more. What do...

  • An Antibacterial Plastic Made From Egg Whites

    April 1st, 2015 - 10:49 am
    In the News

    Scientists investigating alternatives to petroleum-based plastics have found that a bioplastic made from proteins found in egg whites demonstrate superior antibacterial properties and are fully biodegradable. The new bioplastic shows promise for use in...

  • Weekly Highlights March 9, 2015

    March 20th, 2015 - 10:29 am
    In the News

    Communicating About Corporate Sustainability: The Challenges

    Some interesting perspectives are shared on corporate sustainability strategies and actions by the famed Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in its current Knowledge@Wharton essay:  lessons learned in how to communicate about corporate sustainability.  As managers involved in CR and sustainability know, it is not always...

  • Setting a Plastics Recycling Benchmark

    March 16th, 2015 - 10:54 am
    Press Releases


    HPRC, Covidien and Practice Greenhealth present key results from a survey on plastic packaging and products recycling in U.S. hospitals

    Health care facilities in the United States generate approximately 14,000 tons of waste per day,1 most of which is disposed of in landfills or by incineration. It’s estimated that between 20 percent and 25 percent of that 14,000 tons can be attributed...

  • Special Report: Building the Business Case for More Sustainable Hospitals

    March 12th, 2015 - 2:11 pm

    By Keith Sutter, Director of Medical Device Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

    Support for sustainability among health care professionals is significant. A recent global Harris Poll survey commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found that more than three-quarters of health care professionals across six countries believe sustainability initiatives protect staff, and nearly 70 percent agreed they make business sense. ...

  • Are Fossil Fuels the Next Tobacco? They Should Be | Commentary

    March 9th, 2015 - 10:24 am
    Press Releases

    By Gary Cohen

    In the 113th Congress, members took in more than $40 million dollars in campaign contributions from oil, gas and coal companies — the same companies that receive $37.5 billion in U.S. subsidies. We’ve seen this dependency on corporate money before, during the tobacco wars of the 1960s. From that campaign, we learned how critical divestment is for social change.

    Kicking an addiction is never...

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division Certified as ‘Green Business’

    March 8th, 2015 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division is the first hospital to earn green business certification through Westchester Green Business-Certified (WGB-Certified), a program launched by Westchester County and The Business Council of Westchester in 2014. The hospital accepted the award at a ceremony last month.

  • The Triple Bottom Line: Making a Convincing Case for Sustainability

    March 3rd, 2015 - 10:56 am
    In the News

    Sustainability can be a tough sell to financially-stressed hospitals, because many in health care still associate “green” with increased costs. But Blair Sadler, senior fellow at the Institute for Health Care Improvement, says that a Commonwealth Fund research study, to which he contributed, “turns on its head the belief that introducing environmental sustainability measures increases operating costs. In fact, it is just the opposite.”

  • Employees: A Powerful Force in Sustainability

    March 3rd, 2015 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    Sustainability often begins with passionate employees. “Health care is full of passionate people. The place is teeming with individuals who want to do this work,” said Janet Howard, director of facility engagement at Practice Greenhealth (PGH), a non-profit membership organization. At the beginning of her career, when Howard was conducting hospital waste audits, she was struck by the fact that no matter which unit she was in or what care was...

  • Practice Greenhealth Announces the New 2014 Sustainability Benchmark Report

    February 28th, 2015 - 3:16 pm
    Press Releases

    Shows tracking, metrics of sustainability in health care at a new level

    Practice Greenhealth is pleased to present the 2014 edition of the annual health care Sustainability Benchmark Report, highlighting the achievements of the 2014 award-winning facilities. Available for download by Practice Greenhealth members exclusively as a benefit of membership, the report compiles a vast amount of data collected from...

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