Facility type 2


Health care facilities with overnight beds and no operating rooms

(long-term care, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals)

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards provide recognition for members across the achievement spectrum. Learn more about how to select the right application for your organization – and which recognition levels you can earn.

Blank versions of the 2020 Environmental Excellence Award applications are also available below as PDFs to help department leads familiarize themselves with data gathering for the awards applications. Please note: all applications must be submitted through the electronic awards platform. These PDFs cannot be used for submission.


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Partner for Change

The Partner for Change application is comprehensive and is designed for health care facilities that have implemented a significant number of environmental programs, and who can demonstrate continuous improvement and expansion of these programs on the path to sustainability.

  • Must provide current year waste, energy, and water data as well as the number of staffed beds and patient days.
  • Must recycle 15% or more of the total waste stream
  • Must demonstrate the breadth of the program. While some facilities have done outstanding work in one area, this application showcases facilities with a broad set of sustainability programs across different topic areas.

Award eligibility: By filling out the Partner for Change application, facilities are eligible for the Greenhealth Partner for Change Award and the Greenhealth Emerald Award.

Download the PDFs for the 2020 Partner for Change application

Making Medicine Mercury Free

The Making Medicine Mercury-Free application evaluates whether a facility has virtually eliminated mercury and have made a commitment to continue to be “mercury-free.” You must attach all requested policies and provide documentation to win the awards. This award can only be won once.

  • The facility cannot win the mercury award if it is crushing its fluorescent lamps onsite.
  • Practice Greenhealth recognizes that there may be small amounts of mercury in the facility that cannot be eliminated at this time (such as the mercury in fluorescent lamps), and that other mercury-containing items may be part of capital equipment (such as mercury in boiler switches and relays). 
  • While these sources of mercury will not disqualify an applicant, there is an expectation that the facility can demonstrate that these sources of mercury are either labeled or being handled appropriately upon disposal. 
  • Likewise, there is an expectation that minor sources of mercury in the pharmacy or lab are identified and managed appropriately until they can be replaced.

Award eligibility: Facilities that fill out the Making Medicine Mercury-Free application are eligible to win the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award.

Download the PDF for the 2020 Making Medicine Mercury-Free application.

System for Change

This application is designed to help gain recognition at the health system level. The System for Change Award recognizes health systems that are working cohesively to set system-wide sustainability goals, track data, benchmark and share successes in environmental performance.

  • All hospitals within the health system must be current Practice Greenhealth members in good standing – with a minimum of four hospitals.
  • A minimum percentage of the health system’s facilities must also win the Partner for Change Award (or a higher level award) in the same award cycle in order for the health system to qualify for this award. The percentage varies by health system size – see below.
  • Hospitals within the system that do not submit an award application will still count toward the total facility count.

Awards eligibility: Health systems that fill out the System for Change application are eligible to win the System for Change Award.

Download the PDF for the 2020 System for Change application.


Number of hospitals in the health system

% of facilities that must win Partner for Change or above

4 or 5 100%
6 to 10 90%
11 to 25 70%
26 to 50 50%
51 to 70 40%
>71 30%

Visionary Leader

The Visionary Leader Award annually recognizes one senior-level health care executive who is making a significant contribution to health care sustainability through groundbreaking and innovative strategies and mentorship. The winner will be a leader who has effectively advocated for and woven sustainability and environmental stewardship into health care operational excellence.

To nominate an outstanding health care executive for the 2020 award, please complete a nomination form by March 4.

Award eligibility: The individual must be a senior-level (vice president or above) health care executive to qualify. This award is not typically given to sustainability managers or directors but rather to the senior-level executives that support and advocate for this work within the hospital or health system’s administration.

Learn about past winners of the Visionary Leader Award

Please contact awards technical assistance or call 888-378-2259 with questions about the Environmental Excellence Awards. You can also contact your member engagement liaison. VA facilities should first connect with their VISN mentor or email VAsupport@practicegreenhealth.org
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