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  • Clinician Engagement: The Role of the Physician

    August 5th, 2013 - 10:37 am

    By Amy Collins, M.D.
    HealthCare Sustainability Consultant, Vanguard Health Systems

    I was living a pretty green life, or so I thought. I had been composting for years, was an avid recycler, was known for turning off lights and computers not in use and grew up using reusable grocery bags – doing it all because it just made sense. But my attitude towards greenness and reason to be environmentally responsible changed...

  • Practice Greenhealth Welcomes New Members

    July 25th, 2013 - 10:40 am
    Press Releases

    Organizations commit to sustainable, environmentally friendly practices

    July 22, 2013 (Reston, Virginia)– Practice Greenhealth is pleased to welcome its newest members, who join a community of more than 1,200 leading health care organizations and suppliers to the sector who act as change agents and healing forces in their communities on behalf of patients, staff, and the environment at large.


  • Practice Greenhealth’s Carrie Abernathy Named Vice Chairman of the Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation

    July 25th, 2013 - 10:06 am
    Press Releases

    RESTON, VA—Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce that Carrie Meadows Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Director of Education, Training & Events, was named Vice Chairman of the Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings...

  • What are you recycling? Let us know!

    July 22nd, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    By: Lara Sutherland, Director of Business Membership

    Practice Greenhealth surveys our member and non-member contacts periodically throughout the year to inform the development of our services and to provide our members with timely information on health care sustainability trends.  Your thoughts are important to us, and to thank you, when you fill out our survey, you will be given the opportunity to enter a raffle for a Starbucks...

  • Minimizing healthcare’s environmental footprint

    July 15th, 2013 - 9:25 am

    By Jeff Thompson, MD
    CEO, Gundersen Health System

    It wasn’t too long ago when you would rarely hear “healthcare” and “sustainability” in the same sentence. After all, many healthcare organizations thought their purpose was to take care of patients in a hospital or clinic. That’s true. But at Gundersen Health System headquartered in the Midwestern city of La Crosse, Wis., we believe it is also our responsibility to help our...

  • Healthy Climate, Healthy People

    July 10th, 2013 - 9:25 am

    By Gary Cohen, President, Health Care Without Harm; Co-Founder, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

  • The White House Formally Recognizes the Link Between Health Care and Climate Change with Its Champions of Change Awards

    July 5th, 2013 - 5:01 pm
    Press Releases

    Names "Champions of Change" in Health Environmental Sustainability

    Reston, VA—Following President Obama's announcement of his vision to reduce carbon pollution and lead the global effort to lessen the impacts of climate change, The White House has revealed its 2013 Public Health and Climate Change “Champions of Change.” These individuals are being recognized...

  • For YOU, For Us, For the Sector

    July 3rd, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    By: Janet Brown, HHI Director of Content & Outreach, Healthier Hospitals Initiative and Director, Facility Engagement, Practice Greenhealth

    Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Thompson, President and CEO of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Leadership Circle Award Winning Facility, Gundersen Health and Gary Cohen,...

  • Green Design Solutions For The Operating Room

    June 19th, 2013 - 4:22 pm
    In the News

    By Janet Brown

    In 2009, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a report showing that the American healthcare sector accounts for nearly one-tenth of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, the largest contributor to global climate change of any industry sector. According to ...

  • Reflections on the state of health care sustainability

    June 18th, 2013 - 2:27 pm
    In the News

    By Brian White

    Being in the business of third-party SUD reprocessing, our organization has long been involved in helping support the advancement of hospital sustainability initiatives. In the early days, sustainability in health care wasn’t easy — it required substantial investment and lacked the visibility provided by other initiatives within the hospital. Thanks, in part, to organizations like Practice Greenhealth and the dedication...

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