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Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for organizations in the healthcare community that has made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices.

Health Care Without Harm partnered with the American Hospital Association, Environmental Protection Agency, and the American Nurses Association in September 2001 to create the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) program. With funding from the EPA and assistance from HCWH, H2E hired core staff and began outreach efforts to the healthcare sector with a primary focus of getting hospitals to commit to the goals of:

  • virtual elimination of mercury waste, 
  • reduction of the healthcare sector’s total waste volume, 
  • chemical waste minimization, and 
  • education and information sharing activities focused on pollution prevention and toxics minimization.

In January of 2008, H2E was reorganized and renamed Practice Greenhealth, in order to more accurately reflect its new role as a membership organization representing healthcare organizations committed to the integration of sustainability principles and practices as a means to better protect the health of patients, staff, the communities served, and the environment.

Today, Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for organizations in the healthcare community that has made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices. Practice Greenhealth members include hospitals and healthcare systems, healthcare providers, manufacturers and service providers, architectural, engineering, and design firms, group purchasing organizations, and affiliated non-profit organizations. Practice Greenhealth offers practical and cost-effective programs to its members and continues to educate, motivate and engage the sector to move toward a higher standard of care.

 

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Practice Greenhealth is the health care sector’s go-to source for information, tools, data, resources, and expert technical support on sustainability initiatives that help hospitals and health systems meet their health, financial, and community goals.

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