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Why sustainable health care? Earth Day poster

  • Earth Day
  • Poster
Poster to celebrate health care's mission of healing people and the planet on Earth Day and every day. The poster reads "Why sustainable health care? Because healthy people rely on a healthy planet. Earth Day matters!" 

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Why sustainable health care poster

Environmental considerations fo endomechanical products

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Medical products
The environmental considerations for this category are covered by the 13 standardized environmental questions for medical products. Additional suggested questions are provided that would pertain to any electronic equipment provided in this contract.

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Energy Efficiency Financing for Hospitals

  • Energy
  • Leaner Energy
  • Guide
Most hospitals recognize that there are substantial opportunities to reduce energy use in their facilities that are cost-effective on a life-cycle basis. The challenge is that hospital budgets are generally tight and therefore funding the up-front capital to make energy-efficiency investments can be difficult. Fortunately, there are a variety of financing arrangements that hospitals can consider…

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Engaged leadership and the value of sustainable health care

  • Benchmark Report
  • Engaged Leadership
  • Report
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) In a shifting health care landscape, sustainability programs are a timely investment that can generate significant cost-savings while offering a range of co-benefits. Across the country, hospitals are taking leadership roles in their communities in advocating for more environmentally responsible operations, cleaner energy, healthier and more sustainable food systems,…

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Engaged leadership

Environmental considerations for patient bedside products

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Medical products
  • Guide
Products covered in this category include pitchers, tumblers, carafes, wash basins, utility basins, sitz baths, soap dishes, denture cups, utility bowls, emesis basins, bedpans, specimen pans, medicine cups, specimen containers, liners, and urinals. Consider the following environmental questions for the RFP/RFI process to support informed decision making.

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Environmentally preferable floor cleaners: Alternatives to finishes and strippers

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Green Cleaning
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
While there are opportunities for reducing the impacts from floor finish and strippers, none of the options completely eliminate health concerns or suggest a clear environmentally preferable solution. But there are choices that can be made to minimize impacts to health and the environment through procedural and purchasing paths. Elimination and substitution are inherently safer and the most…

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Environmental considerations for electronic medical products

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Guide
  • Medical products
The suggested environmental questions below may be used in the RFP/RFI or as part of the value analysis process. The questions cover electronic medical devices - anything that plugs in or has a battery. Some questions are signaling questions and suppliers may not be able to answer YES at this time (for example, EPEAT and ENERGY STAR).

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Environmental considerations for mattresses

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
Please consider tthese environmental questions for the RFP/RFI for mattresses. These questions also apply to overlays, therapeutic surfaces, critical care beds, low beds, medical/surgical beds, and bariatric beds. 

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Environmental considerations for medical positioners

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
Please consider these environmental questions for the RFP/RFI for medical positioners. These questions also apply to mattresses, mattress overlays (egg crates, alternating pressure pads, low air loss, static air overlays), therapeutic surfaces, critical care beds, low beds, medical/surgical beds, and bariatric beds. Some of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products, v1.0,…

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Environmental considerations for furniture

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
Why ask environmental questions for furnishings? Furniture and medical furnishings are made with chemicals and materials that may be hazardous and may pose risks to staff, patients and entire communities throughout their life cycle. Below are suggested line-item environmental questions for furniture and medical furnishings. These questions can be integrated into a RFP/RFI and used to evaluate…

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