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2019 sustainability data

  • Benchmark Report
Practice Greenhealth collected and compiled extensive sustainability data from 327 hospitals to provide timely information to hospitals and health systems working to build environmental stewardship into their mission. The environmental performance data coming out of health care continues to substantiate the claim that sustainability initiatives can add value, reduce negative health and…

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2019 sustainability data

High success through low RMW rates

  • Regulated medical waste
  • Fluid management systems
  • Guide
  • Greening the Operating Room
Regulated medical waste (RMW) is one area where continuous education, communication, assessment, and tracking are critical to maintaining low generation rates. Due to a surgical department’s very nature, it’s unlikely that RMW will ever be eliminated, but since as much as 30% of a facility’s RMW is from the operating room, it’s a great place to focus efforts. Practice Greenhealth and Healthier…

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Circles of Excellence overview

  • Awards
The Circles of Excellence recognize up to 10 of the highest performing hospitals for each individual category of environmental performance including Leadership, Waste, Chemicals, Greening the OR, Food, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Energy, Water, Climate, Green Building. Winners are selected based on the highest scores within that category while also meeting a set of threshold criteria.…

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Awards frequently asked questions

  • Awards
This resource addresses frequently asked questions about starting and completing an award application.

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Awards metrics list 2020

  • Awards
This resource offers an overview of the different metrics scored on the Partner Recognition and Partner for Change applications.

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Guidance on renewable energy usage

  • Renewable Energy
  • Guide
Practice Greenhealth's Guidance on renewable energy usage provides detailed information on renewable energy credit (REC) retirement, sample use case scenarios and outlines alignment with existing reporting frameworks.

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Awards scoring resource

  • Awards
This resource offers an overview of the way Practice Greenhealth scores award applications within the Environmental Excellence Awards system.

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What’s new on the 2020 award applications?

  • Awards
This resource is an at-a-glance snapshot of improvements or new questions on the current year award applications. The changes reflected in this document are to help applicants quickly identify any changes to the application as compared to previous years.

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Health care's climate footprint

  • Climate and Health
If the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, according to Health care’s climate footprint: How the health sector contributes to the global climate crisis and opportunities for action, a report by Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with Arup. The report provides the most comprehensive global analysis of health care’s…

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health care's climate footprint

Climate and health patient education

  • Climate and Health
Every American’s health is at risk from climate change. We are already seeing worsening air quality, increases in vector-borne diseases and heat-related illnesses, as well as mental health impacts from devastation to communities due to extreme weather events like floods and storms. Patients and communities trust their health care providers to warn them of risks to their health and offer them…

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Extreme weather

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