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Less waste how-to guide

  • Waste
  • Medical Waste
  • Regulated medical waste
  • Hazardous and universal waste
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Solid waste
  • food waste
  • Pharmaceutical Waste
  • Reuse, donate, or sell
  • Composting
  • Recycling
  • Toolkit
(Less waste toolkit) Hospitals are pouring, burying, burning and cooking garbage made up of plastics, chemicals, paper, food, needles, packaging and lots of electronic equipment. With rising waste removal fees, beach wash-ups, medical waste incinerators identified as a major source of mercury in the environment and the Associated Press’ recent investigation on pharmaceutical waste in the country’…

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Employee engagement toolkit

  • Toolkit
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee Benefit
This Employee engagement resource toolkit provides you with a Practice Greenhealth member-only benefit to help with your sustainability goals and daily challenges. With this toolkit you will: Understand why it’s important to engage workers. Learn how University Hospitals Health System, Cleveland Clinic, Inova Health, Advocate Health care, and other systems are engaging staff and taking their…

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Employee engagement

Healthy Interiors fact sheet

  • Guide
  • Chemicals
  • Healthy interiors
The marketplace trajectory in the building sector, furniture manufacturing, and health care is clearly toward the production and use of furnishings that avoid chemicals of concern to humans and the environment. The Healthy Interiors goal builds on and supports these market trends.  

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Guidance for PVC and DEHP elimination in medical products

  • Chemicals
  • Guide
  • Safer medical products and devices
This document provides guidance for hospitals working to meet the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and the plasticizer di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) elimination goal of the safer chemicals challenge.

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Understanding labels: Sustainable eggs

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
This vetted list of criteria meets the definition of sustainable eggs for Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.

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Understanding labels: Meat and poultry

  • Purchasing
  • Food
This vetted list of criteria and third-party certifications meets the definition of sustainable meat and poultry for Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.

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Hackensack University Medical Center: Better meat case study

  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Case Study
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
  • Food
Hackensack University Medical Center’s annual food and beverage budget is $5 million with an estimated $1.5 million spend on meat and poultry. They serve more than 2.8 million meals annually. In only 18 months, Hackensack University Medical Center now leads the country in achieving a 98 percent benchmark of meat and poultry raised without routine antibiotics. Leadership is driving change through…

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Sustainable food definitions criteria checklist

  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
  • Guide
  • Health Care Without Harm
The Sustainable food definitions criteria checklist is a comprehensive and vetted list of third-party certifications and label claims that Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm has determined to be highly meaningful.

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Promoting and marketing antibiotic stewardship through food services

  • Marketing
  • Sustainable food service operations
  • Guide
(Health Care Without Harm) This is a guide for food service staff to educate and incentivize around meat and poultry raised without routine antibiotics. Your facility has made a commitment to antibiotic stewardship and is working towards the goal of reducing antibiotic misuse and overuse through foodservice procurement. As part of food services or administration at your hospital, you’re working…

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Balanced menus recipes

  • Food Tool
  • Food
  • Food Service
Entrée recipes submitted by health care facilities across the country to assist you in providing nutritious, delicious meals to your patients, visitors, and staff as you strive to reduce your meat and poultry purchases, and invest the cost savings in sustainable meat options.

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