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Practice Greenhealth backgrounder

  • Member Benefit
  • Member engagement
  • Membership
  • New Member
Practice Greenhealth is the leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care. Our mission is to empower our members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices, and knowledge. Founded in 2008, Practice Greenhealth is the source for sustainability solutions for the health…

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Practice Greenhealth member: Employee engagement poster

  • Employee engagement
  • Poster
  • Toolkit
(Employee engagement toolkit) These are sample posters from Practice Greenhealth promoting how healthy environments equal healthy people.

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Environmental considerations for commercial printing services

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Guide
We encourage consideration of the following questions in the RFP/RFI when contracting for commercial printing services. These questions apply to services providing commercial printing of annual reports, binders (loose-leaf/media), booklets, brochures, newsletters, flyers, calendars, catalogs, magazines, manuals, CD/DVD duplication & printing, direct mail letters, flyers, door hangers,…

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Pros and cons of specific sterilants and disinfectants

  • Chemicals
  • Sterilants and Disinfectants
  • Report
OSHA animal studies show that ethylene oxide (EtO) is a known carcinogen; it may cause leukemia and other cancers. Inhalation can cause nausea, vomiting, neurological disorders. In solution, EtO can severely irritate and burn the skin, eyes, and lungs and may damage the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys or cause cataracts. 

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Pros and cons of sterilization and disinfection

  • Chemicals
  • Sterilants and Disinfectants
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Green Cleaning
Here is a chart with some samples of pros and cons when considering sterilization and high-level disinfection options.

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2009 Environmental Excellence Awards Sustainability Benchmark Report

  • Benchmark Report
  • 2009
  • Report
Practice Greenhealth’s Awards program has celebrated sustainability success since 2002. The Awards recognize the different players in the greening community (hospitals,  clinics, manufacturers, GPOs, A&E firms, etc.).  One of the Awards for which hospitals may apply, the Partner for Change Award, requires  waste data reporting as well as other criteria. This report summarizes this waste data…

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2010 Environmental Excellence Awards Sustainability Benchmark Report

  • Benchmark Report
  • 2010
  • Report
Practice Greenhealth has been recognizing environmental excellence in health care sustainability since the Awards program inception in 2002. This is the second annual benchmark report, based on data supplied in applications by 2010 Partner for Change (PFC) and Environmental Leadership Circle (ELC) award winners. The data mirrors the order of the 2010 applications so it can be used to compare a…

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Fairview Hospital Earth Day flyer

  • Earth Day
  • Exemplary Document
  • Cleveland Clinic
A flyer promoting Fairview Hospital's Earth Day event

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Sample EPP policy for a hospital or clinic

  • EPP
  • Policy
  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainable procurement
Practice Greenhealth created this sample environmentally preferred purchasing policy for member hospitals and clinics to adapt and adopt.

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VA Medical Center EPP memorandum, 2008

  • EPP
  • Policy
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Supply Chain
This 2008 VA Medical Center memorandum outlines their Green Procurement Program, including policy, planning, responsibilities, procedures, and more.

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Practice Greenhealth is the health care sector’s go-to source for information, tools, data, resources, and expert technical support on sustainability initiatives that help hospitals and health systems meet their health, financial, and community goals.

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