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  • From Sustainability to the White House

    July 16th, 2012 - 11:40 am
    Blog

    By Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System

    Of all the things Inova excels at, I never thought our sustainability program would be the thing to land us at the White House. After all, all five of our hospitals ranked top 20 in the country by US News & World Report! We protect the health of members of our community who would otherwise go without coverage. We treat sports stars, politicians, celebrities, and even ex-Vice...

  • Incorporating LEED HC into an HHI Hospital

    July 8th, 2012 - 3:41 pm
    Blog

    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) new LEED-Healthcare (LEED HC) program provides a way to measure sustainability in a medical facility. It follows the established LEED platform with additional credits aimed at the healthcare environment, and adds a health emphasis into a sustainable building project. If your facility is working on a building project, LEED HC is a good way to embed sustainability into the building.

    All LEED...

  • Examining the “cause of the cause” for sustainable hospitals

    July 1st, 2012 - 11:15 pm
    Blog

    By Janet Brown Director of Facility Engagement and Director Of Content And Outreach, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    The notion of looking for the cause of the cause is a familiar application in sustainability and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. For years, I implemented recycling and waste programs as the Waste Manager at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  We worked...

  • Practice Greenhealth and Sustainability Dashboard Tools Form Strategic Partnership

    June 19th, 2012 - 6:28 pm
    Press Releases

    Bloomington, IN – June 19, 2012 - Practice Greenhealth, one of the nation’s leading membership organizations for the health care community, and Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC, announce the formation of a strategic partnership.

    Practice Greenhealth has more than 1,100 hospital members across the United States and Canada, all of whom have...

  • IRS allows hospitals to claim credit for environmentally responsible activities

    May 23rd, 2012 - 12:43 pm
    In the News

    Catholic Health World, Volume 28, Number 10, June 1, 2012

    IRS allows hospitals to claim credit for environmentally responsible activities

    By KIM VAN OOSTEN

    DENVER — Environmental sustainability and policy leaders from Catholic health care and other health care organizations meeting here at CleanMed 2012 had high praise for an IRS...

  • OnSite Waste Solutions

    May 19th, 2012 - 12:35 pm
    Announcements

    OnSite Waste Solutions, a Practice Greenhealth member since 2011, provides a variety of waste reduction services and recycling solutions for hospitals. Along with traditional recycling equipment such as balers, compactors, and glass crushers, OnSite offers a proprietary solution to reduce food waste on site by 85% to 93% in volume.

    OnSite strives to help Practice Greenhealth member hospitals achieve their goals of reducing waste volume...

  • Greener ORs: Keys to making the business case

    May 10th, 2012 - 4:26 pm
    In the News

    OR Manager, Vol. 28 No. 5, May 2012

    Perioperative staff and managers face a variety of pressures: improving processes, enhancing patient outcomes, documenting savings, meeting regulations, and more, all in a time of tighter budgets. With so much to balance, it can be difficult to consider (much less sell to upper management) the idea of greening the operating room. That’s especially...

  • Health Care Research Collaborative Report Studies Human, Environmental Health Impacts

    May 8th, 2012 - 3:09 pm
    Blog

    Substituting mercury with alternative materials for dental fillings has less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a new report by the Health Care Research Collaborative. The Research Collaborative released “Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives: A Comparative Health Risk Evaluation,” which compares the health and...

  • Healthy Hospital Interiors

    May 8th, 2012 - 8:00 am
    Blog

    We can’t always see, smell, or hear the presence of chemicals in building materials, furniture, and finishes. One may associate chemicals with cleaning solutions, disinfectants, mercury, and laboratory chemicals, but carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and asthmagens are frequently found in furniture, casework, fabrics, beds, and medical equipment. Hospitals are increasingly looking to architects and designers for their expertise in creating...

  • Guest Blog: Tracey Easthope

    May 8th, 2012 - 12:51 am
    Blog

    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have highlighted halogenated flame retardants as priority chemicals for substitution. The wisdom of that position is very compellingly presented in a new series featured in the Chicago Tribune. You can see the first part of the series below. The article also highlights the industry's tactics in attempting to distort facts to keep flame retardants in products unnecessarily. The series...

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