Tools and resources

Integrating sustainability requirements into health care food service contracting

  • Food
  • Food Service
(Health Care Without Harm) There are many opportunities for hospitals to improve patient safety, worker safety, and the overall health of communities and the environment via their food service operations. By implementing environmentally preferable purchasing and other operational and maintenance strategies in food service, hospitals can help to reduce patient, worker and community exposure to…

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Strategies to increase sustainable food options via GPOs and distributors

  • Food
  • Food Service
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
There are many strategies a hospital or health system can use to increase the availability of sustainably produced food options via existing supply channels and relationships. This document offers several strategies and resources to implement.

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Health care procurement guide: Sustainably raised meat and poultry

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
Significant health and environmental consequences are associated with industrialized meat and poultry production and distribution, including antibiotic resistance, and air and water contamination. This health care procurement guide, focused on meat and poultry, helps facilities start purchasing plans that take these critical issues into consideration and overcome barriers to identifying and…

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Meat and poultry product list

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Purchasing
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable food service operations
(Health Care Without Harm) We know it can be difficult to find products that meet your sustainability goals. We’re here to help!  All of the meat and poultry in this database are raised without routine, non-therapeutic antibiotics. They meet the criteria used by Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. Chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb – we’ve got it all! Just click on the spreadsheet…

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Purchasing guide to sourcing dairy products without rBGH

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Purchasing
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable food service operations
  • Guide
(Health Care Without Harm) Purchasers can take the following steps to source dairy products produced without the use of the dairy drug recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH generally referred to as BGH, also called rBST or Posilac (the brand name of the drug).

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Purchasing guide to sourcing food without genetically engineered ingredients

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Purchasing
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainable food service operations
  • Guide
Purchasers can take the following steps to source foods produced without the use of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients (also called “genetically modified” or “GMOs”).

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Health and economic benefits from hospital investment in a sustainable food system

  • Food
  • Food System
  • White Paper
  • Guide
The support of health care administrators is needed to link the healing mission of hospitals to the purchasing and serving of sustainably produced food that is healthy for patients, staff, and guests. These purchasing patterns will help to transform the food system at large into a system that supports human health, environmental stewardship, and social justice for farm workers The current food…

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Health and economic benefits from hospital investment in a sustainable food system

Sample email: Employee community supported agriculture offering

  • Tool
  • Employee engagement
  • Food
  • Community Benefit and Wellness
  • Toolkit
(Employee engagement toolkit) Here is a sample marketing email that your system can use to internally promote the employee community-supported agriculture offering.

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Less Meat, Better Meat Tracking Tool

  • Food
  • Less Meat
  • Food Tool
This tool is designed to support hospitals in tracking overall reduction in meat purchasing and increases in purchases of meat and poultry raised without routine, non-therapeutic antibiotics, and aligns with the data tracking needs at Practice Greenhealth.

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