Climate change is the greatest public health threat and opportunity of the 21st century. To reduce the health impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be reduced, and hospitals have an essential role to play.
Solving health problems always starts with setting a goal. Establishing a clear, ambitious target can motivate staff and help drive strategies for success.
Practice Greenhealth developed resources to help hospitals and health systems track GHG emissions and set reduction goals. Here’s why:
The imperative: Climate change affects health and health care delivery,… 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
Plant-Forward Future is a curated set of resources from Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm and our partners that will help health care facilities set a plant-forward goal, menu and market plant-forward dishes, and track progress.
The resources are divided into three categories:
Implementation. There are multiple strategies a health care facility can use to implement a plant-forward dining program. Top strategies include: increasing the number and variety of plant-forward dishes, improving the taste and appearance of plant-forward dishes, reducing the portion size of meat… Read More
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
This Employee engagement resource provides partners with sustainability goals and addresses daily challenges.
Learn why it’s important to engage workers and how University Hospitals Health System, Cleveland Clinic, Inova Health, Advocate Health care, and other systems are engaging staff to deepen or broaden the impacts of their sustainability programs.
Included in this suite of resources is a white paper, presentation with script, case studies and posters to help your facility further its sustainability success through employee engagement.
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.
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
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
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
The Greehealth Cost of Ownership Calculator is designed to support looking at costs beyond the price tag, to evaluate hidden expenses, such as energy and waste costs, and other operational costs of using a product allowing more informed decision-making based on the full costs to an organization. Below you will find the calculator as well as helpful training and support materials.
For hospitals purchasing equipment that use resources, the calculator will provide them with the true cost of the device over its lifespan.– Dana Farber Cancer Institute, senior director of supply chain