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

    March 12th, 2015 - 2:11 pm
    Blog

    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.
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  • 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.”

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  • 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...

  • Gundersen Health System wins Energy-Independence Enterprise of the Year Award

    February 18th, 2015 - 3:32 pm
    In the News

    RENEW Wisconsin presented Gundersen Health System with the Energy-Independence Enterprise of the Year Award at its recent RENEW Energy Policy Summit held in Madison, WI.

    The award is given for outstanding leadership and effective implementation of a corporate campaign to greatly reduce...

  • Using Community Benefits to Improve Healthy Food Access

    February 10th, 2015 - 3:04 pm
    Blog

    By Jennifer Obadia

    As described in Health Care Without Harm’s report, Utilization of Community Benefits to Improve Healthy Food Access in...

  • Colorado Medical Waste Receives 2014 Business Recognition Award for Environmental Sustainability

    January 30th, 2015 - 2:19 pm
    In the News

    AURORA, Colo., Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Colorado Medical Waste, Inc. was honored at the 10th Annual 2014 Business Recognition Dinner and Award Ceremony on December 4, 2014 at the Aurora Municipal Center.  A video ...

  • Join us in Portland for CleanMed 2015

    January 26th, 2015 - 12:09 pm
    Blog

    As we move into 2015, CleanMed is coming up – and the early-bird deadline is looming just one month away! If you have been to CleanMed, you know the outstanding value that it is, and the incredible takeaways you will bring back to your organization to save money as well as the environment. If you haven’t attended, and you play any role in the sustainability process in your organization, you will find it invaluable. What you learn at CleanMed...

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