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  • Clearing the air: Healthier interiors in healthcare

    November 24th, 2014 - 1:06 pm
    In the News

    By Jeffrey Brown / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today 

    Every day, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals, in our food, water, the air we breathe, the clothing we wear, the furniture we use and the carpet we walk on. Mounting data suggests that some of the chemicals we come in contact with — in our homes, workplaces, schools and stores — contain toxicants that can have adverse affects on human health and the...

  • Gundersen reaches first days of energy independence

    November 24th, 2014 - 12:05 pm
    Press Releases

    First health system in nation to achieve this distinction

    Gundersen Health System is achieving its first days of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. Oct. 14, 2014 was the landmark day when Gundersen first produced more renewable energy than the health system consumed.

    Gundersen's accomplishments include energy efficiency improvement of over 40% resulting in annual...

  • Gundersen reaches energy independence

    November 12th, 2014 - 11:28 am
    Press Releases

    First health system in nation to achieve this distinction

    LA CROSSE WI - Gundersen Health System achieved its first day of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. On Oct. 14, 2014, Gundersen produced more energy than the health system consumed. 

    In 2008, Dr. Jeff Thompson, Gundersen CEO, set a goal for the organization to control rising energy costs and...

  • Environmental Sustainability and the Triple Aim

    November 10th, 2014 - 4:09 pm
    Blog

    Blog by Blair Sadler, Esq., Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    Now is the time to make environmental sustainability part of your quality improvement work.

    Years ago when I was a hospital CEO, I didn't have sustainability on my radar screen. I wasn't aware of the significant impact that the health care sector has on the environment – and on quality care. I didn't consider the amount of...

  • Engineering Energy Savings at Fletcher Allen Health Care

    November 4th, 2014 - 10:53 am
    Blog

    By Wes Pooler

    In today’s sustainability-minded society, we often assume that expensive alternative energies are the best way to “go green.” But through my work as Director of Facilities Management, I’ve learned that we can significantly reduce energy use by simply re-engineering our existing infrastructure.

    In recognition of National...

  • Practice Greenhealth Receives Top ASAE Honors for its Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    October 27th, 2014 - 10:25 am
    Press Releases

    The health care sector leads their communities to healthier futures

    October 28, 2014 (Reston, Virginia)– Practice Greenhealth has earned a 2014 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national campaign to implement a new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector.

    The American Society of...

  • Carrie Abernathy Named Chair of Green Meetings Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation

    October 27th, 2014 - 9:38 am
    Press Releases

    Continues to advance the importance of sustainable meetings

    October 27, 2014 (Reston, Virginia)– Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce that Carrie Meadows Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Director of Education, Training & Events, was named Chair of the Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation (GMIF) along with its 2014-2015 Board of...

  • Hospitals Serve Over 126,000 Meals that Feature Meat and Poultry Raised Without Unnecessary Antibiotics

    October 23rd, 2014 - 9:19 am
    Press Releases

    350+ Hospitals Celebrate Food Day With Their Commitment to Building Sustainable Food Systems

    [Reston, VA] – On October 24, 352 hospitals around the country will serve 126,600 meals that feature meat or poultry raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics. Spearheaded by Health Care Without Harm, these hospitals are leading a nationwide movement...

  • Ebola Waste: An Emerging Sustainability Issue

    October 16th, 2014 - 3:50 pm
    Blog

    By Janet Howard, Director, Facility Engagement, Practice Greenhealth

    For health care sustainability managers, there’s an emerging waste stream to consider—waste from the Ebola virus. How do hospitals prepare for this potential waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource...

  • Imagining a Broader Healing Mission for Health Care

    October 15th, 2014 - 2:22 pm
    In the News

    In response to the growing need to address environmental issues related to health, EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing is now publishing a new column on health and the environment written by ...

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