Tools and resources

Sustainable waste process planning template and training

This template provides one-size-fits-all guidance to help health care organizations achieve successful waste management programs or projects. It outlines a new, standardized process for gathering the information necessary to design sustainable waste management solutions, optimize your project or program’s success, and develop a proposal for leadership buy-in.   Successfully implementing a…

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Whole food plant proteins

  • Health Care Culinary Contest
Plants provide plentiful protein [Plant-Forward-Future] The National Academy of Medicine recommends adults get a minimum of 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight per day, or just over 7 grams for every 20 pounds of body weight. Fortunately, there are many plant-based protein sources available that not only satisfy and delight but are healthier for people and the planet. …

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Strategies to reduce anesthesia gas

Three Practice Greenhealth partners share their strategies to reduce anesthesia gas emissions through the use of quality improvement projects focused on clinical education and interventions for propofol waste and a facility infrastructure project to reduce nitrous oxide.  

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Developing a complete Scope 3 inventory & action plan

Sustainability staff at Carilion Clinic walk you through their journey to develop the health system’s first Scope 3 emissions inventory.  • Learn about all 15 categories of Scope 3 emissions and how to develop your organization’s Scope 3 emissions inventory by using the new Health Care Emissions Impact Calculator for facilities and health systems. • Understand which Scope 3 categories are easier…

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University of Michigan Health Senior Vice-President and Chief Environmental, Social and Governance Officer Position Description

The University of Michigan - Michigan Medicine has a senior vice president and chief ESG officer, who reports directly to the University of Michigan Health president. More details can be found in the job description. 

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Stony Brook University Hospital sample of sustainability job responsibilities

Stony Brook University Hospital has formally embedded sustainability-related job responsibilities for a specified role. This is an example of the chief nursing officer or chief regulatory officer including sustainability responsibilities and expectations.

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Bon Secours Mercy Health collaboration and governance frameworks

Bon Secours Mercy Health ESG initiatives are overseen by the board’s Executive and Governance Committee along with the executive leadership team. Day-to-day responsibility is managed by a cross-functional ESG Steering Council supported by various internal teams such as the Sustainability Council, Socially Responsible Investing Workgroup, and Clinical Leadership Council.

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OhioHealth sustainability governance

OhioHealth has a set of board goals that focus on sustainability. These goals and the associated programs are implemented by and through a sustainability governance framework involving various teams across the system and associated hospitals.

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Ascension sustainability organizational structure

The governance structure of the Environmental Impact & Sustainability program extends from the executive Steering Committee to Green Teams at each site of care in order to create a continuum of engagement for Ascension associates. 

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Providence sustainability team structure

Providence’s sustainability team structure, focused on environmental stewardship, has a strong emphasis on sponsors, “caregivers,” and “partners” to advance sustainability. 

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