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  • 20 Years In, We’re Just Getting Started

    September 2nd, 2016 - 10:41 am
    Press Releases

    Celebrating Health Care Without Harm’s 20th anniversary, Gary Cohen reflects on the last two decades in the environmental health movement and offers an opportunity for health care to redefine its role in the 21st century.

    ...

  • Greenhealth Exchange Issues Statement on Demand from Leading Health Systems for Sustainable Meat and Poultry

    September 1st, 2016 - 2:06 pm
    Press Releases

    RESTON, Virginia (September 1, 2016)—Last week, nine leading health systems—Advocate Health Care, Catholic Health Initiatives, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Gundersen Health System, HackensackUMC, Kaiser Permanente, Partners HealthCare*, University Hospitals Health System, and Veterans Health Administration Nutrition and Food Services—called on food producers and manufacturers to meet the growing demand for meat and poultry raised...

  • Practice Greenhealth Unveils Greenhealth Cost of Ownership Calculator

    August 31st, 2016 - 12:45 pm
    Press Releases

    Understanding cost of ownership data will help hospitals find cost savings and
    minimize environmental impact, in response to industry need

    (Reston, Va.)— Practice Greenhealth—the nation’s leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care—revealed its Greenhealth Cost of Ownership (GCO) Calculator today.

    The calculator is a first-of-its-kind for the health care...

  • New exchange aims to bleed green, not red

    August 30th, 2016 - 4:14 pm
    Press Releases

    Greenhealth pushes sustainable products, services to the forefront of contract availability

    http://www.hpnonline.com/inside/2016-09/1609-SF-sustainability.html

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  • How Hospitals Are Preventing and Optimizing Leftover Food

    August 10th, 2016 - 4:44 pm
    In the News

    There are numerous ways organizations can cut down on unnecessary food expenditures and make the most of what remains.

    August 2, 2016 | Matt O'Connor

    Food waste, as messy as it can be, is an area that's helping hospitals to cut costs and help the environment.

    A number of health systems are taking steps to use more of...

  • It’s Time to Know the Benefits of a Cost of Ownership Assessment

    August 2nd, 2016 - 8:51 am
    Blog

    Beth Eckl, Director, Environmental Purchasing Program

    Look beyond the price tag – consider the organization’s total financial commitment when purchasing products and services.

    Hospitals have an enormous energy footprint—the impact of this is costly, both...

  • Geostellar Launches Nationwide Solar Program for Health Care System Facilities, Employees and Patients

    July 12th, 2016 - 9:58 am
    In the News

    Cleveland Clinic, Gundersen Health System, Providence Health & Services, and University Hospitals First to Promote Solar Energy through Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth Partnership 

    Washington, DC and San Francisco, Calif –  July 12, 2016 – ...

  • Commentary: Food for thought - Hospitals must do more to end their wasteful ways

    July 12th, 2016 - 9:48 am
    Press Releases

    By Janet Howard  | July 9, 2016

    In the busy healthcare environment, opportunities for interventions to improve operations and processes far outnumber the number of hours in a day.

    The 80/20 rule demands that projects with the greatest impact that require the least effort be implemented. Sustainability activities that feed into strategic goals offer the...
  • Improving energy efficiency in hospitals

    July 11th, 2016 - 3:44 pm
    In the News

    Benchmarking and a staged approach lead to better energy performance

    July 6, 2016 | Carolyn Schierhorn

    When Antonio Suárez, CHFM, SASHE, joined Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital as director of facilities services in 2010, he found an employer that already prided itself on energy conservation. The hospital was finishing a lighting retrofit that replaced T12 fluorescent tubes with T8s. A new patient tower under...

  • Accurate Measuring of “Local” and “Sustainable” Starts with Separation

    July 1st, 2016 - 1:09 am
    Blog

    By Thresa Pattee

    Are local and sustainable foods the same thing? The response, in short, is not always. Applying the terms “local” and “sustainable” synonymously and interchangeably can lead to false conclusions. As health care facilities strive to incorporate environmental best practices in their food service— and measure their success in this endeavor— accuracy and precision of language is of vital importance....

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