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Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center: Local food procurement and provision

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Food Case Study
  • Case Study
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has been working to change its food offerings to more nutritious and locally sourced and sustainable meals since 2009. The FNS department has expanded its network of New England vendors to provide greens, baked goods, eggs, meat, and dairy to customers.

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Providence St. Peter Hospital: Water reduction

  • Water Case Study
  • Water
  • Case Study
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) Over the last 14 years, Providence St. Peter Hospital, located in Olympia, Wash., has reduced water consumption by 58 percent and saved over $2.5 million. Learn about the projects that achieved these results.

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Breathe easy: Workplace electric vehicle charging

  • Transportation
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Poster
  • Toolkit
  • Employee transportation
(Transportation toolkit) Gasoline-powered vehicles are major sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs), smog-forming compounds, particulate matter, and other air pollutants. Widespread use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, including plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) can reduce the emissions that impact our air quality and public health. Employers are well-positioned to install non-residential…

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Pros and cons for disinfectants and sterilizers

  • EPP
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Green Cleaning
  • Sterilants and Disinfectants
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Guide
This guide explores the pros and cons including human health effects, environmental considerations, and EPA rules for various disinfectants and sterilizers. 

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Community benefit climate change scorecard

  • Climate and Health
  • Community Benefit
  • Toolkit

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Headwalls, Clinical

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Safer medical products and devices
  • Guide
Practice Greenhealth provides a list of questions and environmental issues to consider during the purchasing process for medical products. This document is intended to serve as a basic guide for considerations during the RFP/RFI process.

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Climate and health report indicators for Community Commons platform

  • Climate and Health
  • Community Benefit
  • Toolkit
(Delivering community benefit: Climate and health toolkit) Many hospitals and health care systems use Community Commons to generate data for their community health needs assessments and other community health efforts. Community Commons users may create custom reports. Below are suggested metrics for a climate and health report. Metrics already included in Community Commons data sets are noted…

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Climate and health

Hospital reduces emissions, reduces energy costs by $84,000

  • Energy
  • Leaner Energy
  • Energy Case Study
  • Case Study
  • Buildings
A subject site is a 455-bed hospital in the Midwest with a large laundry operation servicing three ancillary long-term care sites in addition to the main hospital and physician buildings. The main hospital building was built in 1965. SITUATION The Engineering staff was challenged to help the site (and IDN) meet overall budget reduction goals in energy use cost reduction driven by National…

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Case study

Midwest hospital saves time and labor costs with improved boiler technology

  • Energy
  • Leaner Energy
  • Case Study
3D TRASAR technology for boilers helps a Midwest hospital improve boiler results, reduce testing and control time by 80 percent, and save $10,940 in labor costs.

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Get started guide

  • Climate and Health
  • Community Benefit
  • Toolkit
  • Get Started Guide
  • Leadership and education
(Delivering community benefit: Climate and health) Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health: clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Doctors are increasingly treating patients with climate-related illnesses, and more than 70 percent recognize that climate is affecting their patients. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

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Climate and health

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