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  • Become a Change Agent

    February 15th, 2012 - 1:31 am

    Change for the good is something we should all strive for. A change agent is someone who "alters human capability or organizational systems to achieve a higher degree of output or self actualization."

    What does this mean in a health care setting? We want to make changes that stick, that result in enabling staff to do more. 

    A change agent holds a vision of what could be and uses that as their driving force. They aren’t...

  • Spreading the Word

    January 11th, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    As stewardship programs mature, communication and marketing departments are joining with Green Teams to strategize about how to communicate stewardship activities to staff, patients and the community. Effective communication and engagement strategies can extend the commitment beyond the walls of the organization, into the community and into homes. Engaging people individually can help them become champions of organizational goals. While...

  • Member Spotlight: Advocate Health Care’s Environmental Stewardship

    January 9th, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    Advocate Health Care has made a commitment to delivering sustainable health care through conservation of resources, preservation of environmental health, and waste minimization. By building a culture of stewardship where each of  our associates are responsible and accountable for our impacts on the planet, Advocate intends to deliver health care that meets today's needs without compromising the health needs of future generations.

  • Practice Greenhealth Announces Sustainability Benchmark Report

    January 9th, 2012 - 9:20 am
    Press Releases

    Practice Greenhealth has published its third annual Sustainability Benchmark Report – an analysis of activities and programs  at a number of hospitals that are highly-engaged in their commitments to sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

    Practice Greenhealth has been recognizing environmental excellence in health care sustainability since the inception of its Awards...

  • Member Spotlight: Becton, Dickinson and Co. Signs up for New WindMade™ Label

    December 20th, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    Major global companies including Motorola Mobility, Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg, Method and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.) have produced or have pledged to procure at least 25 percent of their operations’ power consumption from wind energy. They announced their commitment to become certified under the new WindMade™ consumer label at a Global Launch event in New York.

    The label allows participating companies to communicate the share of...

  • Leadership Inspires

    December 17th, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Health care leadership can often describe the moment they had their personal “AHA!” moment around health care environmental stewardship and the role leadership can play in transforming to a culture of environmental excellence. It’s the moment they realized that going green is more than a blue bin by the copier, more than carrying a reusable shopping bag or driving a Prius. Those are all important components, but the AHA! moment pulled it all...

  • BLOG: Data, Normalizers and Benchmarks—OH MY!

    November 22nd, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    We are all familiar with baseline data collection, goal setting and performance measurement. We use measurable goals for joint commission, for green team progress, quality improvement and more. Environmental stewardship and “going green” can be measured both qualitatively and quantitatively, and the Practice Greenhealth 3rd Annual Sustainability Benchmark Report is the “go to” source for sustainability benchmarks in health care....

  • Member Spotlight: Gundersen Health System Transforming Blue Wrap from Waste into Useable Products

    November 13th, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    When Gundersen Health System needs to wrap instrument trays in blue wrap for use in the OR, they’ve found a way to reuse it thanks to a unique partnership. Gundersen knew there had to be ways to reuse blue wrap and considered working with a vendor to create tote bags, but the option was not financially or environmentally sound. Then, they connected with Coulee Region RSVP—a volunteer program for people age 55 and up that has a long-standing...

  • BLOG: The Balance ... the dance ... oops, was that your foot?

    November 12th, 2011 - 11:49 am

    "May I have this dance?" versus dancing alone, in the dark!

    Pushing for environmental improvement in the complex health care (or any) setting takes a special kind of person.  Most are passionate, firmly committed, enthusiastic and energetic. Pushy? Most likely! We want to get things done by any means necessary!  But, like Mick says,” You can’t always get what you want.” Doors shut, resistance ensues and some...

  • Practice Greenhealth Announces Release of 'Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products,' Version 1.0

    October 13th, 2011 - 12:38 pm
    Press Releases

    Practice Greenhealth has announced the release of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products (Version 1.0), which can be used to guide the identification, selection and procurement of environmentally preferable medical products. This tool is a significant part of Practice Greenhealth’s Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative, which was launched earlier this year in order to provide a common...

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