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  • Watching your waste with Practice Greenhealth

    November 7th, 2017 - 3:13 pm

    By Janet Howard, Practice Greenhealth member engagement director

    Environmental managers are challenged to keep their docks cleared, continuously moving materials and wastes and maintaining an efficient flow of material. When we scratch the surface on what happens after, we learn some hard facts, particularly around recycling.


  • Anesthesia providers lead in health care GHG reduction

    September 4th, 2017 - 4:43 pm

    How 1 hospital is saving $20k a month and reducing GHGs

    By Kaeleigh Sheehan, Practice Greenhealth Greening the OR and member engagement manager

    With mounting threats posed to human health from climate change, more health care facilities are focusing on opportunities to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. And anesthesia...

  • Following our food: How health care can inform the data revolution and bring transparency to the plate

    July 31st, 2017 - 12:55 pm

    By Thresa Pattee, food program coordinator

    Imagine a world where food is traced from farm to fork, using data that can be accessed at the touch of a screen. Photos, ingredients, micro-nutrients, packaging details, production location and sustainability attributes, etc. — all the information needed to make purchasing, dietary, and culinary decisions — updated by producers and manufacturers across the globe in real...

  • Chart success via free EPA tools: EPA SmartWay

    July 31st, 2017 - 12:38 pm

    EPA SmartWay is an open-access, voluntary, market-driven partnership to help businesses move goods in the cleanest, most efficient way possible. Since 2004, the program has provided a consistent set of tools and information, enabling companies across the supply chain to enhance the fuel efficiency of fleet vehicles.

    More than 3,000 of the nation’s shippers, including many Fortune 500 companies, are using...

  • The role of transportation in achieving hospital greenhouse gas reduction goals

    July 31st, 2017 - 9:24 am

    Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, outreach and engagement specialist

    If your sustainability priorities don’t include a transportation program and strategies to reduce transportation-related emissions, you are missing a big opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation as a sector is the fastest growing source of worldwide carbon pollution, and contributes 27 percent...

  • New Hospital Resource Highlights Environmental Best Practices

    July 18th, 2017 - 2:48 pm
    In the News

    [From Ohio Hospital Assocation] The Ohio Hospital Association’s Energy and Sustainability Program teamed up with Practice Greenhealth to publish a collection of environmental leadership case studies highlighting how six hospitals and health systems have achieved success in environmental...

  • Educating clinicians on health impacts of climate change

    July 7th, 2017 - 10:54 am

    By Sarah Spengeman, Ph.D., Health Care Without Harm Climate and Health program associate director

    Have you thought to yourself, “How can my hospital or system step up its climate leadership?” If so, Health Care Without Harm has plenty of ideas for you, including a great example from Inova. Practice Greenhealth member Inova Health System in Northern Virginia recently worked with...

  • In Search of Sustainable Products

    June 6th, 2017 - 12:35 pm

    By John Strong Principal of John Strong, LLC and serves as president of Greenhealth Management

    As you shake the sleep off, you realize that the sounds of your 12-year-old daughter’s latest asthma attack woke you. You determine immediately that this is going to require another trip to your local health care provider’s emergency room. When you pull up to the door of the emergency room, housed in a brand-new...

  • Practice Greenhealth & ACCO Announce Partnership

    June 5th, 2017 - 3:28 pm

    For a Limited Time, Members Can Access On-Demand Training to Build Knowledge and Begin Earning ACCO's Professional Credentials.

    Practice Greenhealth is constantly looking for ways to enrich your experience as an organizational member. One way is by collaborating with...

  • On the Road with Practice Greenhealth: June 2017 Greenbeat

    June 5th, 2017 - 3:03 pm

    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Welcomed Hermine Levey Weston

    By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA

    My father, an oral surgeon, was what we nurses referred to as a “tough patient.” When hospitalized, I saw more than one surgical or anesthesia resident slink from his room when he demanded the “attending” physician.  He complained about the food and...

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