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Balanced menus brochure

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Food Service
(Health Care Without Harm) The "balanced menus" strategy is a two-tiered approach for hospitals to reduce their meat and poultry purchases by 20 percent, and invest their cost savings in sustainable meat options. This commitment serves as a pathway to serving the healthiest, most sustainably-produced meat available, and helps protect our climate and the environment. It is also an opportunity for…

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Antibiotic stewardship toolkit: Passing food purchasing resolutions

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
(Health Care Without Harm) Across the country, health professionals are developing resolutions calling for an end to the procurement of meat produced with the routine (non-therapeutic) use of medically important antibiotics, to preserve the efficacy of these drugs for human medicine. Health Care Without Harm has developed a toolkit of helpful resources for facilities. The toolkit includes a how-…

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Nine plus ways hospitals can provide community benefit support

  • Community Benefit and Wellness
  • Food Service
  • Guide
There are numerous ways that hospitals can provide community benefit support for healthy food access programs. This brief outlines nine common role categories — and on-the-ground examples — that hospitals are playing in support of these programs:  Provide grant support Provide use of hospital facilities Conduct food insecurity or health screening Conduct nutrition, food, or cooking education…

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Greenhealth Cost of Ownership toolkit

  • Cost of Ownership
  • Toolkit
  • Sustainable procurement
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…

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Total Cost of Ownership

Preventing Damage to Environment from Pharmaceuticals

  • Guide
The huge quantities of medicines ending up as waste or in aquatic systems are a major environmental health issue. The increasing documentation of low dose effects makes pharmaceuticals a priorityarea  from an environmental health perspective.

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Preventing Damage to Environment from Pharmaceuticals

EPA Hazardous Waste page

  • Waste
Simply defined, a hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment. Hazardous waste is generated from many sources, ranging from industrial manufacturing process wastes to batteries and may come in many forms, including liquids, solids gases, and sludges. EPA developed a regulatory definition and process…

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Gundersen Lutheran’s Chemo Waste Separation Poster

  • Waste
  • Gundersen
A visual guide to Gundersen Lutheran's waste separation process.

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Ten-step guide to green cleaning implementation

  • Green Cleaning
Since Florence Nightingale first helped make the connection between cleaning and improved health outcomes, health care workers and the cleaning industry have responded with a wide array of effective and economical products and processes. However, we now know that some of these older and traditional cleaning products and processes can negatively impact both health and the environment. Today, new,…

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Ten-Step Guide to Green Cleaning Implementation

Webinar: DEHP, Interiors and Green Cleaning

  • Webinar
  • Green Cleaning
  • Healthy interiors
  • Medical products
Practice Greenhealth tracks targeted activities around safer chemicals in three areas – Green Cleaning, PVC/DEHP reduction and Healthy Interiors. This webinar reviews these three areas, explaining how to access the data and where to find Practice Greenhealth resources to support success in tracking movement towards healthier materials.

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Hackensack University Medical Center leading the way on safer chemicals and products case study

  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Safer Chemicals Case Study
  • Chemicals
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
As chronic disease management statistics continue to grow, health care is focused on reversing that trend. We now know certain types of cancer, learning and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, reproductive health and fertility problems and asthma are some of the chronic diseases that can be linked in some way to the harmful chemicals we are all exposed to. Hackensack…

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Healthy Interiors

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