What we buy matters. The COVID-19 crisis exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our global supply chains. It also has given us an opportunity to move toward localized supply chains that not only reduce environmental harm but also provide local business opportunities and jobs.
More than 70% of health care’s greenhouse gas emissions are derived from the supply chain: the production, transport, and disposal of goods and services. Understanding and quantifying the impact of purchases is essential to developing a resilient, sustainable health care model that prioritizes community and… Read More
The Impact Purchasing Commitment (IPC) launched with the support of 12 health systems and was designed by the Healthcare Anchor Network in partnership with Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.
What we buy matters. Sustainability professionals and purchasing managers can work together to embed sustainability into purchasing processes and engage suppliers and group purchasing organizations to provide innovative, sustainable products and services with a reduced impact on human health and the environment.
Practice Greenhealth has more than two decades’ experience identifying the… Read More
Infection prevention and control in health care are of utmost importance. However, triclosan and triclocarban, antimicrobial ingredients commonly used in hand hygiene products in the health care setting, have been shown by multiple studies to pose risks for both employees and the environment.
In response to these concerns, Practice Greenhealth developed a goal and how-to guide to eliminate the use of triclosan and triclocarban in hand hygiene products in non-critical areas. The new goal and how-to guide offer step-by-step guidance so your facility can achieve this important goal and protect… Read More
Practice Greenhealth is pleased to offer members a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems reduce their transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.
The goals aim to reduce employee single occupancy vehicle rates and miles, transition fleet vehicles to alternative fuels, implement idle reduction policies and practices, and work with supply chain partners to do the same.
The toolkit equips hospitals with the resources needed to accomplish these goals, while providing exemplary case studies of those who have been leading the way, including Seattle Children’s Hospital, which avoided… Read More
This less waste resource provides key guidance to help with your sustainability goals and daily challenges.
Understand why it’s important to commit to reducing waste.
Access step by step guidance on how to conduct a material and waste baseline.
Learn from case studies of success from Partners HealthCare, Vidant Health, Inova, and other systems.
Download the How to Guide, presentation with script and poster to help your facility further its sustainability success through waste minimization.
Access archived training on how to track materials and wastes.
This climate and health toolkit is designed to help environmental leads introduce a new framing of climate and health to their community benefit colleagues. It introduces tools and resources to help community benefit staff identify climate-related health risks in their communities, current projects that have climate co-benefits, and how to integrate climate and health into the community health needs assessment process.
Health care organizations and companies of all sizes are realizing the many benefits that come from sustainability programs: efficiency improvements, reduced regulatory risk, increased employee recruitment, engagement and retention, public or population health, greater stakeholder satisfaction, public relations gains, and cost savings.
By following key elements of a well-established sustainability process, hospitals, health systems, and health care facilities can achieve measurable results. Some organizations begin at the top by explicitly including sustainability objectives in their… Read More
Practice Greenhealth is pleased to offer members a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from anesthetic gases.
A study in The Lancet found anesthetic gases make up 51 percent of an operating room’s GHG emissions, whereas anesthetic gases represent 4 percent of an OR’s GHG emissions, a variation accounted for by differences in providers’ anesthetic gas choices.
According to the 2018 Practice Greenhealth Greening the OR Benchmark Report, 101 hospitals conservatively reported more than 204,753 MTCO2e emissions in 2017, for an average of 2,027… Read More
Practice Greenhealth member organizations have found that they can significantly increase water efficiency without huge capital outlays, using a variety of reduction and recycling strategies.
This toolkit provides you with a Practice Greenhealth member-only benefit to help with your sustainability goals and daily challenges. Click on the resources below and get started now.
The Less food to landfill goal and toolkit is intended to mobilize the health care community around the opportunity to reduce food waste in general; reduce methane gas associated with food breakdown in landfills and feed hungry people. Take advantage of the educational calls, the toolkit, posters, templates and case studies to get started or improve upon food waste diversion practices. We are here to help.