Tools and resources

Ethical food purchasing

This position paper describes health care’s role in protecting workers, community health, and the planet through procurement and advocacy.

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Food purchasing standards: Accepted certifications and label claims by product category

This resource includes the accepted certifications and label claims by product category for an organization to meet the food purchasing standards.

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Food purchasing standards: Accepted certifications and label claims by value category

Food purchasing standards: Accepted certifications and label claims by value category is a document to support organizations in navigating the criteria, definitions, certifications and attributes, measures, and strategies to support and evaluate values-based procurement efforts. 

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2021 Sustainability Data

  • Benchmark Report
Each year, Practice Greenhealth collects and reviews comprehensive sustainability data from hospitals that report through the Environmental Excellence Awards. We utilize this data to provide the sector’s best sustainability performance benchmarking data to hospitals and health systems working to build environmental stewardship into their mission, and to the greater health care supply chain…

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2022 Sustainability Benchmark Data

Food waste solutions: Waste tracker

  • food waste
  • Waste
                 Our waste tracker tool will help you to conduct a baseline audit and track progress going forward. Utilizing this tool, you will be able to track your food waste streams, determine the monetary value of what is wasted, and identify opportunities for reducing waste.

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Sutter Health: Food recovery for healthier communities

“Not only does this project impact greenhouse gasses from keeping food waste out of the landfill, it is also about dollars saved, which is important to hospital administrators, and then there is the food rescue piece which is what is really important to our community.” –  Jack Breezee, Sutter Health regional director of food and nutrition services Sutter Health knew they were wasting food…

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Meeting California's climate & organic waste challenges

      Hospitals across California are required to be in compliance with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery organic waste reduction mandates. California has implemented several regulations to increase the diversion of organic materials away from landfills and toward the production of value-added products like compost, fertilizers, and biofuels. California disposes…

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Partnering for climate resilience: A practical guide to community-based disaster planning for health care

  • Climate and Health
  • Resilience
  • Guide
  • Community Benefit
This guide provides actionable steps and sample materials to assist health systems and community organizations in conducting an exercise aimed at identifying vulnerabilities and inequities and preparing for climate impacts. Partnering for climate resilience: A practical guide to community-based disaster planning for health care provides a new approach to disaster planning and climate…

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Plant protein power infographics

Educate your patrons about how plant proteins like nuts, seeds, and legumes are delicious, healthy, and good for the environment with these fun and engaging resources. 

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Climate and food infographics

Educate your patrons about how a plant-forward diet supports the environment with these fun and engaging resources.  An infographic (two design options below) illustrates the benefits of choosing a plant-forward meal and can be used to educate and reinforce patrons' good feelings after purchasing climate-friendly food.  A consumer-facing webpage practicegreenhealth.org/plantforwardpower …

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