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Executive summary

  • Toolkit
  • Anesthetic Gas
  • Greening the Operating Room
  • Greenhouse Gas
(Anesthetic gas toolkit) Anesthesia and anesthetic gases have a direct impact on the environment, patients, and community health.  Use the anesthetic gas toolkit executive summary for a quick overview on key talking points and rationale for focusing on anesthesia and the need to engage providers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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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 digest This resource provides Practice Greenhealth members with guidance on more…

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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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Best practices for disposal of controlled substances

  • Pharmaceuticals
There is increased concern over pharmaceuticals in waterways. There are “no drugs down the drain” rules in certain states. And harm can come from unauthorized access to controlled substances and the resulting wastage. Health care facilities must address these issues and ensure alignment with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations as well as…

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Greenhealth total cost of ownership case study template

  • Cost of Ownership
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Toolkit
  • Tool
(Greenhealth cost of ownership toolkit) Use our template to share your experience and results with the Greenhealth total cost of ownership calculator with others to show your great work. 

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Hospice of the Western Reserve: Green Team

  • Engaged Leadership
Hospice of the Western Reserve began its sustainability journey in 2009 when staff formed an organizational Green Team. Since then, the Green Team has spearheaded several sustainability victories across several different program areas. 

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Case study

Engaged leadership: Sharing success worksheet

  • Tool
  • Engaged Leadership
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) Based on the information gathered from conversations, fill out the Sharing Success Worksheet. While successes can be garnered for the formal presentation in powerpoint form, the team may decide to use this document as a handout for the leadership meeting. It is intended to document key measurable outcomes (and the story) associated with sustainability activities. The…

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Engaged leadership: Champion worksheet

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Toolkit
  • Tool
(Engaged leadership toolkit) The worksheet is used to identify key champions and capture successes from one-on-one conversations. Interviews and conversations will reveal pockets of success throughout the organization.

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Engaged leadership: Making the case worksheet

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Tool
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) This worksheet helps identify leverage points and synergies with leadership to demonstrate that sustainability helps the organization achieve other strategic priorities. Fill out the worksheet and use it for proposal preparation.

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Engaged leadership level 2 checklist form

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Tool
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) Level 2 of the Engaged leadership challenge has a goal of implementing 3 of the 5 strengthening engagement activities. Please use this form to select the activities which your facility or system has completed. As the organization accomplishes additional goals, please resubmit the form. 

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