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  • The Environmental Excellence Awards

    February 7th, 2017 - 10:51 am

    Each year, a growing number of Practice Greenhealth members participate in the Environmental Excellence Awards. It’s safe to say, the awards applications are a considerable undertaking, and require team participation, coaxing and follow-through in order to complete an award submission. Given the workload, why do hospitals continue to participate? Beyond the resulting recognition, how is the awards process adding value to...

  • Practice Greenhealth’s Sustainability Benchmark Report Shows Strong Progress in Environmental Performance Among Nation’s Leading Hospitals

    January 4th, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Press Releases

    Details health care sustainability trends across key areas: green purchasing, safer chemicals, climate change mitigation, energy and waste reduction, local and sustainable food

    Washington, DC – Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, released today its eighth annual Sustainability Benchmark Report....

  • Over 70 Hospitals Engaged in Conscientious Culinary Creativity for Food Day

    December 7th, 2016 - 12:19 pm

    Blog posted by the Healthy Food Team of Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm

    To celebrate Food Day in 2016, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth teamed up with Menus of Change, an initiative of The Culinary Institute of America and...

  • Florida Health Systems Share Regional Energy and Water Efficiency Best Practices

    December 6th, 2016 - 4:31 am

    By Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

    In 2016, the state of Florida saw states of emergencies as a result of a massive algae bloom in its fresh water supply, the arrival of the...

  • UHBikes: A new, fun way to explore Cleveland

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:28 am

    Matthew Pietro, Sustainability Specialist and Sarah O’Keeffe, Sustainability Manager, University Hospitals

    Bike share is an active way to move around and in between different parts of the city -- giving public access to bikes for a fee. Cleveland, Ohio now has its own bike share system, called UHBikes, sponsored by University Hospitals.


  • Research Shows That OR Waste Prevention Strategies Add Up

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:24 am

    Researchers at the UCSF Department of Neurosurgery studied 58 neurosurgery procedures and found that these cases wasted an average of $653 in unused disposable surgical supplies. That added up to $968 per case or $2.9 million per year.

    Although results varied widely, they found correlations between surgeon, case type and case category, while case length and the years a surgeon had been operating were not big indicators of waste at the...

  • On the Road with Practice Greenhealth

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:08 am

    Practice Greenhealth at HPRC and Wisconsin Healthy Hospitals & Clinics Forum

    Iqbal Mian, Member Engagement Manager

    Earlier this fall, Practice Greenhealth along with various hospital systems, suppliers and manufacturers participated in the...

  • Blue Wrap and the Circular Economy

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:04 am

    Christopher Bodkin, Data Coordinator Sector Performance and Recognition

    Waste from the health care sector is significant:

    • 255 Million lbs. of blue wrap is thrown away annually.
    • Businesses are turning blue...
  • Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement

    October 19th, 2016 - 2:59 pm
    In the News

    Transforming Care, The Commonwealth Fund’s newest publication, focuses on new models of care, payment approaches, and patient engagement strategies that have the potential to reshape our delivery system to better meet the needs of the nation’s sickest and most vulnerable patients. Published quarterly, the newsletter is a source of innovative ideas for health system leaders, clinicians, and policymakers.

    In the article...

  • Put Your Best Food Forward: Celebrate Food Day 2016 with Our Recipe Challenge

    October 4th, 2016 - 10:14 am

    By Thresa Pattee, Food Program Coordinator, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm

    Fall is quickly approaching; farmers markets throughout the country are in full swing providing a bounty of local and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables such as apples and kiwis, root vegetables and squash. The changing season in the air is setting the table for thoughts on preparing and sharing delicious...

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