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  • The Bright Side of Energy Conservation: Using Renewable Sources Saves Money, Reduces Emissions

    October 31st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Gina Pugliese and Nick DeDominicis
    Materials Management in Health Care

    Hospitals are behind other industries in employing energy conservation initiatives, including the use of renewable energy sources. But times are changing as they realize that wasted energy drains their bottom lines and that they have a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint for the health of the environment and surrounding communities. Energy-saving...

  • Consultant: Hospitals among top polluters

    October 17th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Michael Moore
    The Missoulian

    The nation's health care system is the second-largest contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions in the country.

    Hospitals use more energy than any industry other than national defense, and 30 percent of the mercury in the environment comes from medical incinerators.

    "That just doesn't make sense," said Beth Eckl, a consultant who works with Practice Greenhealth, a group...

  • New green health care facility opens in North America

    October 7th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Jennifer Chait
    Blisstree

    Kaiser Permanente’s new Modesto Medical Center opened last week, as one of the greenest facilities in America. This is an interesting development, and hopefully, more medical and other public-minded facilities will follow suit. Since opening, the hospital has received national recognition from environmental advocates as one of the “greenest” health care facilities in North America. This is Kaiser...

  • Amerinet 'GreenCare Initiative' Focuses on Responsibility and Savings

    October 6th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    Business Wire

    In its continuing efforts to lead the way in environmental responsiveness in the healthcare industry and bring savings and quality to its members, Amerinet today announced its “GreenCare Initiative.”

    “Healthcare professionals are paying more attention to the environmental impact of their operations,” said Todd Ebert, president and CEO of Amerinet. “Organizations focusing on environmentally preferable purchasing (...

  • Ingalls Health System Achieves Green Energy Savings, Reduces Carbon Footprint

    October 1st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    Business Wire

    Ingalls Health System has taken a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint, achieving an estimated 3,433-ton reduction of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas, from the purchase of 5 percent of its electricity from renewable, or “green,” energy sources. Ingalls also realized an $840,000 savings on its purchase of renewable electricity and natural gas.

    The Chicago-based Ingalls achieved these...

  • Health Care, Heal Thyself

    September 30th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Sharon Tregaskis
    Urbanite Magazine

    Every day, a fleet of nine trucks emblazoned with the moniker "Biomedical Waste Services" rumbles through the streets of Baltimore, patrolling from loading dock to loading dock, collecting everything from used needles to leftover chemotherapy drugs from three local hospitals and roughly five hundred doctors' and dentists' offices. Much of the refuse packs a toxic wallop: expired medications...

  • Health Care, Heal Thyself: Green Rx for a Dirty Industry

    September 30th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Sharon Tregaskis
    Urbanite

    Every day, a fleet of nine trucks emblazoned with the moniker "Biomedical Waste Services" rumbles through the streets of Baltimore, patrolling from loading dock to loading dock, collecting everything from used needles to leftover chemotherapy drugs from three local hospitals and roughly five hundred doctors' and dentists' offices. Much of the refuse packs a toxic wallop: expired medications from...

  • Introducing the Green Hospital Room

    September 29th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Lauren La Rose
    The Canadian Press

    It's being touted as the first full-scale concept room of its kind, and one that its creators hope will offer those in the health-care field insight into how to inject a dose of green into a patient's space.

    The Green Patient Room is the brainchild of U.S. architectural practice Anshen and Allen, which wanted to create a space that would have a minimum of impact on the natural...

  • Heartland Hospitals Receive Environmental Awards

    September 21st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Anonymous
    Nurse.Com  A Gannett Company

    Practice Greenhealth awarded Heartland hospitals, health systems, and healthcare organizations for outstanding achievements in reducing waste, eliminating mercury, and improving environmental performance.

    The following facilities were new inductees in 2008: Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis.; Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis.; Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wis.;...

  • Hospital System Saves Money at Online Energy Auction

    August 31st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Jan Greene
    HFM Magazine

    Hospitals struggling with higher prices for electricity and gas, exacerbated by rising usage from energy-hungry technology, may have a new option to manage those costs—a reverse energy auction.

    The auction requires energy suppliers to offer contracts in a quick, competitive online session similar to eBay, in contrast to the relatively slow process of issuing requests for...

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