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Guidance for immunization waste management

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Waste
  • Global Green and Healthy Hospitals
This guidance document is part 2 of our series “Protection without pollution: COVID-19 waste-reduction strategies.” These three guides will help health systems, hospitals, and other health care providers set up successful immunization programs that protect the health of people and our planet.  The world is undertaking the largest immunization campaign in history to fight COVID-19. Billions will…

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Nepal health professional prepares vaccine

Guidance for sustainable glove purchasing

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Global Green and Healthy Hospitals
This guidance document is part 1 of our series “Protection without pollution: COVID-19 waste-reduction strategies.” These three guides will help health systems, hospitals, and other health care providers set up successful immunization programs that protect the health of people and our planet.  Gloves are the highest-volume disposable product purchased by health care. Glove use has increased…

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Mayo Clinic: Replacing freezers leads to energy and cost savings

  • Case Study
  • Sustainable procurement
  A total cost of ownership and Sustainable Health in Procurement Project case study Name of facility, location Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota Highlights The Mayo Clinic had a fleet of over 1,000 lab freezers that use as much energy as about 1,000 homes. They standardized purchasing practices for their fleet of ultra-cold lab freezers to buy more energy-efficient models. By selecting…

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ultra-cold freezer, Mayo Clinic

Customizable RFP for developing a Strategic Energy Master Plan

  • Energy
Preparing for and investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy can safeguard lives and an organization's financial viability. This customizable request for proposal (RFP) will help health care systems create a Strategic Energy Master Plan (SEMP). This template can help you identify and guide potential partners to explore improvements through energy efficiency, retro-commissioning and…

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Spectrum Health Environmental Statement

  • Engaged Leadership
An environmental commitment statement is an organizational document that lays out the commitment to a healthier environment for staff, patients, and visitors. Review a sample environmental commitment statement from Spectrum Health. 

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UVM Medical Center Environmental Commitment Statement

  • Engaged Leadership
An environmental commitment statement is an organizational document that lays out the formal commitment to a healthier environment for staff, patients, and visitors. Review this environmental commitment statement from the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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HealthPartners Sustainability Organization Chart

  • Engaged Leadership
HealthPartners provides a good model of a sustainability organization chart with clear inclusion of staff, sponsors, and committees.

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University of Chicago Health Sustainability Charter

  • Engaged Leadership
New sustainability committees should establish formal charters to effectively manage their sustainability efforts. The University of Chicago Health showcases a good example of a newly formed committee charter including identified responsibilities, interdependencies, metrics, and priorities.

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Inova Health Sustainability and Wellness Policy

  • Engaged Leadership
Inova Health System’s sustainability and wellness policy establishes the program’s parameters that integrate sustainability and wellness programs under one structure. Consider creating a formal plan with your team.

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Sustainability integration planning

  • Engaged Leadership
This resource can help improve efficiency and effectiveness across the organization and inform how sustainability can be aligned, integrated, or embedded into the fabric of the organization.

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