Healthier Hospitals (HH) was a great success due to the thousands of hospitals and health systems that committed to the six challenges to improve sustainability performance. It represented a shared leadership around healthier communities and provided hospitals of all sizes with free tools and resources that help focus sustainability efforts on the health care sector's biggest areas of opportunity and risk. Our success is due in large part to the strong partnerships we've formed with health care organizations and other nonprofit organizations.
In many cases, these challenges helped get sustainability efforts and programs off the ground at participating hospitals. And, we learned a lot from our HH partners and have migrated the HH framework and resources into Practice Greenhealth’s vast inventory of tools for its partners.
Practice Greenhealth has been transitioning the way products that meet criteria are communicated. The Greenhealth Approved program was launched in late 2019 and included the medical products, carpet and flooring categories. The program provides centralized data submissions for suppliers wishing to utilize the seal and assumes the burden of vetting products for health care organizations wishing to purchase more sustainable products.
On August 1, 2022, Greenhealth Approved added the Furnishings category to its program. This expansion includes a collaboration with the Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to reduce the need for furnishing manufacturers to submit data to two different entities for vetting. Details can be found on the furnishings section of the Greenhealth Approved website.
If you were an HH enrollee or are a manufacturer or supplier and would like more information on Practice Greenhealth resources or are interested in becoming a part of our network, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find all of the HH resources linked here, including the criteria, guidance documents, and lists of products that meet the HH goals.
- Safer Chemicals
- Engaged leadership
- Healthier Food
- Leaner Energy
- Less Waste
- Construction and demolition
- Smarter Purchasing
If you have any questions, please contact us.
If you have an environmentally preferred product that meets Health Care Without Harm’s sustainability criteria, you may be interested in the Greenhealth Approved seal. For more information, please visit the Greenhealth Approved website.