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  • Top U.S. hospitals recognized for their sustainability leadership

    April 16th, 2018 - 7:07 pm
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    Practice Greenhealth announces winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

    [Washington, DC] Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, has announced the winners of its annual Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards.

    These health care facilities exemplify the best in environmental excellence, representing the...

  • GreenBiz left me feeling hopeful

    March 18th, 2018 - 1:00 pm

    By Lauren Koch, Health Care Without Harm climate and health program associate director

    Let’s get one thing out of the way: I have been eying the GreenBiz conference for years. I was almost as excited to go to this event as I was for my very first CleanMed five years ago – almost.

    I was positively giddy getting off the plane in...

  • Baby steps toward big goals: Dr. Gandhi’s leadership in the OR

    March 18th, 2018 - 12:44 pm

    By Kaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement and Greening the OR manager

    “Globally, nationally, as a sector, we have to set higher standards, and be more mindful of our impact,” says Dr. Seema Gandhi, associate clinical professor of anesthesiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

    Gandhi says environmental stewardship has always played a prominent role in her daily life. Growing up...

  • On the Road: Practice Greenhealth partners with Dignity Health

    February 5th, 2018 - 5:16 pm

    By Iqbal Mian, Practice Greenhealth member engagement manager

    The first time I saw Sister Mary Ellen Leijewski, Dignity Health’s vice president of corporate responsibility, was at CleanMed a few years ago. Along with fellow CleanMed participants (I worked at a fellow Practice Greenhealth member health system at that time), we listened intently to Sr. Mary Ellen’s...

  • Validation, motivation, and reputation: How the Environmental Excellence Awards can strengthen member’s sustainability efforts

    February 5th, 2018 - 3:13 pm

    On a recent winter morning, Michael J. Fiore CIH, CSP, director of Environmental Occupational Health and Safety/Sustainability at NorthShore University HealthSystem, sat down with Hermine Levey Weston for a conversation about the value of the Environmental Excellence Awards in advancing their sustainability goals.

    [Hermine] NorthShore University HealthSystem’s past successes include an Emerald and a Top...

  • Healthier environments demonstrate respect for health care workers

    January 8th, 2018 - 12:39 pm

    By Veronique Nagle, Practice Greenhealth human resources director

    As a Practice Greenhealth member, your organization is striving for healthier environments,  healthier people, and a healthier bottom line. In times of trying to do more with less, while also  increasing stakeholder engagement, maximize efforts by connecting with human resources to identify opportunities to enhance the hiring and...

  • Millennials and sustainability: Recruiting and retaining the next generation of health care

    January 4th, 2018 - 7:26 pm

    By Lauren Koch, Health Care Without Harm climate and health program associate director

    I am on the edge of the millennial generation. And, it turns out, my career path mirrors the research on my generation.

    After earning a business degree, I ventured into the corporate jungle and quickly realized it wasn’t for me. Driven by my passion, I focused my job search on organizations with ethics that matched mine.


  • With a little help from our friends

    December 4th, 2017 - 1:00 pm

    By Gary Cohen, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm president

    2017 has been a year of uncertainty. We saw some of the largest demonstrations in modern history, including the Women’s March, the People’s Climate March,...

  • How 5 hospitals set environmental purchasing priorities and saved millions

    December 4th, 2017 - 9:29 am

    By Beth Eckl, Practice Greenhealth Environmental Purchasing program director

    You’ve secured leadership support, built a team of colleagues who were successful in getting an environmental purchasing policy adopted, and now it’s time to select environmentally preferable products and services. So which contracts should you begin with? And how do you prioritize among hundreds of purchasing opportunities...

  • Envisioning an ‘Udderly Green’ future for health care landscapes

    November 7th, 2017 - 3:20 pm

    What began as an employee engagement campaign at Gundersen Health System blossomed into a project aimed at inspiring health care landscapers across the country.

    Gundersen Envision, a subsidiary of Gundersen Health System, developed Udderly Green organic soil amendment products in collaboration with Purple Cow Organics.

    The venture is rooted in Gundersen Envision’s dairy digester biogas renewable...

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