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How to assess sustainability impacts

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) This checklist helps facilities embed sustainability in procurement processes by creating a profile of the environmental impact of a product or a service.

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Standardized environmental criteria

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Kaiser Permanente
(Sustainable procurement guide) To reduce human health and environmental impacts of products purchased in health care, the standardized environmental criteria support identifying and purchasing sustainable products. The criteria address two important impact areas: chemicals of concern and waste reduction. Practice Greenhealth has developed guidance for the criteria that explains to suppliers and…

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Model sustainable procurement policy

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Policy
(Sustainable procurement guide) Health care facilities may wish to adapt this template from Practice Greenhealth to develop their own sustainable procurement policy.

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Sample high-impact procurement opportunities

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  • Renewable Energy
  • Less Waste
  • Food
(Sustainable procurement guide) Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm have identified high-impact procurement opportunities based on input from a wide range of health care organizations. “High-impact” means the category can play a significant role in the health and safety of patients, staff, and the environment. The list is not in priority order; it is sorted by the primary topic,…

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Sustainable procurement: Setting priorities

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) This checklist will assist hospitals and health systems in setting procurement priorities incorporating regulatory, environmental, health, and operational considerations. The principals: transparency, accountability, and fairness should guide any procurement program.

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Organizational procurement self-assessment checklist

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) Evaluate the current state of your sustainable procurement program with this organizational self-assessment checklist. Create a follow-up plan for any opportunities in order to advance sustainable procurement.

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Sustainable procurement guide

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Get Started Guide
What we buy matters. The COVID-19 crisis exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our global supply chains. It also has given us an opportunity to move toward localized supply chains that not only reduce environmental harm but also provide local business opportunities and jobs.  More than 70% of health care’s greenhouse gas emissions are derived from the supply chain: the production, transport…

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Sustainable procurement guide

Principles of sustainable procurement for health care

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) Health care organizations can include sustainable procurement principles as a foundation for the procurement of goods and services.

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Sustainable procurement guide (PDF download)

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Get Started Guide
(Sustainable procurement guide) What we buy matters. The COVID-19 crisis exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our global supply chains. It also has given us an opportunity to move toward localized supply chains that not only reduce environmental harm but also provide local business opportunities and jobs.  More than 70% of health care’s greenhouse gas emissions are derived from the supply…

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Sustainable procurement guide

Renewable electricity procurement

  • Energy
  • Climate and Health
Procuring renewable energy is a highly impactful step your institution can take to reduce its carbon footprint and negative health impacts. The cost of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, has fallen dramatically in recent years, and accessing them is easier than ever making a shift to renewables much simpler and more cost effective than in the past. This resource includes the issues…

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