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

    August 2nd, 2016 - 9:51 am

    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 - 10:58 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 - 10:48 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 - 4:44 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 - 2:09 am

    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....

  • Sustainable materials prove to be prudent investment

    June 23rd, 2016 - 12:06 pm
    In the News

    Health care facilities put their purchasing power behind earth-friendly materials that offer financial payback and more


  • Unauthorized Mercury Communication

    June 16th, 2016 - 6:37 pm

    You may have received a recent communication via U.S. mail with the headline “Notice” (June 6) that discusses products containing mercury amalgam…” This communication also includes an undated and altered communication originally written by HCWH staff member Joshua Karliner and is printed under the Practice Greenhealth logo.

    While Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm do support the...

  • Environmental, health impacts of US health care system

    June 13th, 2016 - 12:13 pm
    In the News

    June 9, 2016 | Yale University

    If the US health care system were a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research. The study quantified previously unreported environmental and public health impacts of the nation's healthcare sector.

    The US health care system, the most expensive in the world, uses vast amounts of energy in the form of heating, electricity, and energy-intensive...

  • Practice Greenhealth and Feeding America Partner to Mobilize the Health Care Sector to Reduce Food Waste and Provide Food to Those who Struggle with Hunger

    June 7th, 2016 - 9:00 am
    Press Releases

    Hospitals and food banks will provide nutritious food to communities in need across the country.

    June 7, 2016 (Reston, Virginia) – Practice Greenhealth and Feeding America announced today a new collaboration to help Americans living at risk of hunger. The nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization and leading health care sustainability membership organization have...

  • The Time is Right for Employee Home Solar

    June 6th, 2016 - 1:31 pm

    It’s my dream to have solar panels on my home, a Tesla power wall, and a Tesla Model 3 to run on the sun. I even have a “Sustainable Living” fund on my wedding registry to put money towards making that dream come true.

    So it’s probably no surprise that I am excited to unveil a new Practice Greenhealth exclusive toolkit that helps make this a reality for health care workers across the nation. This Green Employee...

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