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Renewable electricity procurement

  • Energy
  • Climate and Health
Procuring renewable energy is a highly impactful step your institution can take to reduce its carbon footprint and negative health impacts. The cost of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, has fallen dramatically in recent years, and accessing them is easier than ever making a shift to renewables much simpler and more cost effective than in the past. This resource includes the issues…

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Sustainable procurement digest

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Chemicals
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Toolkit
This digest provides resources for purchasing sustainable products. Use the resources to identify environmental considerations for products and services, where to obtain more information, and the rationale for purchasing sustainably. Please contact the procurement team with any questions.  Sustainable procurement directory This resource provides Practice Greenhealth members with guidance on…

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Sustainability within Rural Hospitals: Mercy Hospital Lebanon

  • Energy
Mercy Hospital Lebanon leaders and co-workers have worked to overcome challenges and implemented successful sustainability practices to reduce environmental impacts and reduce operational costs. Through a cost-effective retro-commissioning project focused on its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the facility was able to reduce energy consumption by 23 percent, with savings…

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Leaner energy fact sheet

  • Energy
  • Guide
The Practice Greenhealth leaner energy framework challenges hospitals to meet the baseline objective and take on three goals to help hospitals protect people from the harm of pollution stemming from energy use. The goals were selected for their positive impact on human health and the environment, as well as their potential to drive increased energy-efficient equipment and services in the…

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Renewable energy: supply-side management

  • Energy
  • Leaner Energy
  • Guide
Improving the efficiency of energy end uses reduces both energy cost and greenhouse gas emissions – and is often called "demand-side management."  A robust energy efficiency program is the foundation for a hospital to take its next step towards a cleaner energy portfolio – and is often called "supply-side management." Supply-side management is a management approach that seeks the most cost-…

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Energy and Health Impact Calculator

  • Energy
  • Calculator
Air pollution from fossil fuel use causes many health problems. Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth’s Energy and Health Impact Calculator is a free tool that uses data from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, as well as other peer-reviewed data, to estimate the negative health impacts and health care costs caused by fossil fuel energy use and the benefits…

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Energy

Best Practices in Energy Efficiency

  • Best Practices
  • Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency can enhance human health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving outdoor air quality and decreasing acid rain. The energy needed to run commercial and industrial buildings in the United States produces 19 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, 12 percent of nitrogen oxides, and 25 percent of sulfur dioxide, at a cost of $110 billion a year. The health care sector is…

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Best Practices in energy efficiency

  • Best Practices
  • Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency can enhance human health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving outdoor air quality and decreasing acid rain. The energy needed to run commercial and industrial buildings in the United States produces 19 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, 12 percent of nitrogen oxides, and 25 percent of sulfur dioxide, at a cost of $110 billion a year. The health care sector is…

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Environmental considerations for capital, electric, or electronic devices

  • Energy
  • Leaner Energy
  • Guide
  • Devices
  • Sustainable procurement
Asking questions about environmental attributes of electric and electronic equipment can help healthcare organizations identify suppliers who are taking the lead to reduce their use of toxic chemicals and materials.  This guide will show you how to differentiate environmental leaders for capital equipment, electronic devices, office equipment, telecommunications equipment, and anything that…

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Webinar: Energy and water benchmarking for hospitals

  • Water
  • Webinar
  • Energy
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) Energy benchmarking tools keep evolving, and water is an increasingly precious resource that also merits analysis. Checking your patterns of consumption and comparing them with those of your peers in the healthcare industry can provide invaluable insight, and spark ideas for money-saving improvements. Using information from Grumman/Butkus Associates' annual healthcare…

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