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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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How Stony Brook University Hospital reduced pharmaceutical waste

  • Case Study
  • Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Less Waste
  • Waste
  The problem It is estimated that over 30 million people in the United States, or roughly 10% of Americans, have diabetes. About 30% of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes are managed with some form of insulin. Additionally, many critically ill hospitalized patients who have not been diagnosed with diabetes will require insulin while in the hospital. It is therefore no surprise that…

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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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St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center: medical waste reduction

  • Case Study
  • Waste
  • Regulated medical waste
  • Toolkit
(Less waste toolkit) Since 2009, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has reduced its regulated medical waste (RMW) from 10 to seven percent of total waste, saving an estimated $2,000 per year in waste disposal fees. The operating room and endoscopy personnel identified opportunities for improvement. This win-win opportunity was accomplished through education, improved segregation, and regular…

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Data 101 webinar series: How to conduct a material and waste baseline

  • Waste
  • Webinar
  • Solid waste
How to conduct a material and waste baseline - Join this webinar for an overview of the categories that Practice Greenhealth has established in order for hospitals to use a standardized practice for measuring materials and waste. Review a step-by-step approach to understanding and tracking each waste stream, as required by Practice Greenhealth. 

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Best practices for disposal of controlled substances

  • Waste
  • Pharmaceutical Waste
  • Guide
In light of the opioid epidemic, environmental concern over medication in waterways and confusing and sometimes conflicting DEA and EPA regulations, Practice Greenhealth formed a controlled substances work group to develop a guidance document helping health care facilities properly and legally manage controlled substances within the facility.  The flow chart leads the facility through the steps…

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Material and waste baseline presentation with script

  • Presentation
  • Waste
  • Solid waste
  • Toolkit
(Less waste toolkit)The material and waste baseline PowerPoint presentation and script was developed to help you educate your community. Download the PowerPoint with notes to use as you see fit.  

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Waste Management & Recycling

  • Waste
When contracting for Waste Management Services, consider the following suggested RFP questions to assess services available to your organization. This resource was created to provide purchasing guidance to support your organization's sustainability goals in waste reduction.  

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Hudson Hospital & Clinic Hudson, Wisconsin: Recycling

  • Waste
  • Solid waste
  • Recycling
  • Case Study
Environmental degradation of the St. Croix River prompted community leaders of its border communities to come together to address the issue and resolve to improve river health by improving operations in their respective organizations. Hudson Hospital & Clinic successfully implemented a paper use reduction initiative and enhanced recycling program, which became a building block to ongoing…

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How-to guide: Recycling step-by-step

  • Waste
  • Solid waste
  • Recycling
  • Guide
This step-by-step guide will help a health care facility achieve a 15 percent recycling rate compared to total waste. 

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