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Questions for suppliers about fair and safe labor practices

  • Food
  • Sustainable procurement
For hospitals unable to access any of the recommended certifications, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have created a list of questions to ask food suppliers. Although these questions are most appropriate for direct purchases, we encourage you to consider how they might apply to distributors and other intermediaries. Learn more about ethical food purchasing and health care's…

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Understanding labels: Fair labor and sustainability practices

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Food
Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm recommend that food purchased carry one of these certifications when possible: the Agricultural Justice Project, Fair for Life, and Regenerative Organic. These certifications are recommended because of their commitment to addressing the social and economic determinants of health, individual health and safety of workers, and community resilience…

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Sample high-impact procurement opportunities

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Renewable Energy
  • Less Waste
  • Food
(Sustainable procurement guide) Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm have identified high-impact procurement opportunities based on input from a wide range of health care organizations. “High-impact” means the category can play a significant role in the health and safety of patients, staff, and the environment. The list is not in priority order; it is sorted by the primary topic,…

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Cool food pledge resources

  • Food
  • Climate and Health
The Cool Food Pledge team provides members with guidance on developing a plan for serving more climate-friendly food while meeting other dining-related targets.

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Cool Food Pledge brochure for health care

  • Food
  • Climate and Health
This brochure, designed for the health care audience, shows how facilities can use the Cool Food Pledge to provide diners more of what they want while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The Cool Food Pledge is a tool that will help you increase delicious plant-centered offerings that will appeal to wide audiences, track your impact, and celebrate your successes. Participating hospitals…

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Less food to landfill executive summary

  • Waste
  • food waste
  • Food
  • Toolkit
  • Executive Summary
(Less food to landfill toolkit) This toolkit is intended to mobilize the health care community around the opportunity to reduce food waste in general; reduce methane gas associated with food breakdown in landfills and feed hungry people. 

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UC San Francisco: Tasty food that just happens to be plant-based

  • Case Study
  • Food
A Plant-Forward Future resource “I don’t sell plant-based, I sell delicious looking and tasting food that just happens to be plant-based."  - Dan Henroid, University of California San Francisco Medical Center  The University of California San Francisco Medical Center is a signatory of the Cool Food Pledge, a new platform to help hospitals offer diners more of what they want while slashing…

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: Responding to customer demand

  • Case Study
  • Food
A Plant-Forward Future resource “I just wanted to send some quick feedback about the menu.  The new lentils dish along with the tofu today were both fantastic!  I also especially like when you have legume-based salads as part of the salad bar.  In any case, thank you so much for continually expanding the healthy vegetarian options!”  - Medical resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center…

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Overlook Medical Center: Challenging customers to 'try something different'

  • Case Study
  • Food
A Plant-Forward Future resource "Adding novelty to an item can entice an individual to try something that they may not otherwise try." - Michael Atanasio, Overlook Medical Center  Overlook Medical Center in New Jersey is a signatory of the Cool Food Pledge, a new platform to help hospitals offer diners more of what they want while slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions.  Overlook…

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Sample awards application: Food

  • Food
  • Awards
Health care organizations nationwide are offering healthier menus, working with farmers to purchase locally and sustainably grown products, reducing the amount of meat they purchase and serve, and going beyond their walls to help meet the food needs of their community, all in an effort to support the health of their patients, staff, surrounding community and the environment. Practice Greenhealth…

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