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Environmentally preferable floor cleaners: Alternatives to finishes and strippers

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Green Cleaning
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
While there are opportunities for reducing the impacts from floor finish and strippers, none of the options completely eliminate health concerns or suggest a clear environmentally preferable solution. But there are choices that can be made to minimize impacts to health and the environment through procedural and purchasing paths. Elimination and substitution are inherently safer and the most…

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Environmental considerations for electronic medical products

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Guide
  • Medical products
The suggested environmental questions below may be used in the RFP/RFI or as part of the value analysis process. The questions cover electronic medical devices - anything that plugs in or has a battery. Some questions are signaling questions and suppliers may not be able to answer YES at this time (for example, EPEAT and ENERGY STAR).

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Environmental considerations for mattresses

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
Please consider tthese environmental questions for the RFP/RFI for mattresses. These questions also apply to overlays, therapeutic surfaces, critical care beds, low beds, medical/surgical beds, and bariatric beds. 

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Environmental considerations for medical positioners

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
Please consider these environmental questions for the RFP/RFI for medical positioners. These questions also apply to mattresses, mattress overlays (egg crates, alternating pressure pads, low air loss, static air overlays), therapeutic surfaces, critical care beds, low beds, medical/surgical beds, and bariatric beds. Some of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products, v1.0,…

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Environmental considerations for furniture

  • EPP
  • EPP Resource
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Healthy interiors
  • Guide
Why ask environmental questions for furnishings? Furniture and medical furnishings are made with chemicals and materials that may be hazardous and may pose risks to staff, patients and entire communities throughout their life cycle. Below are suggested line-item environmental questions for furniture and medical furnishings. These questions can be integrated into a RFP/RFI and used to evaluate…

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Seattle Children's Transportation Benefits

  • Transportation
  • Exemplary Document
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Poster
  • Employee Benefit
Seattle Children's Hospitals offers employees a range of transportation assistance and commuting options as an employee benefit.

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Transportation get started guide

  • Transportation
  • Get Started Guide
  • Guide
  • Toolkit
(Transportation toolkit) The Practice Greenhealth Transportation get started guide provides guidance and resources for hospitals to create a transportation baseline, identify goals, and identify strategies to reduce the environmental and human health impacts of transportation in the health care sector.

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Transportation Get Started guide

Green employee benefit community-supported agriculture guide

  • Employee engagement
  • Employee Benefit
  • Get Started Guide
  • Guide
  • Get Started Guide
  • Guide
  • Toolkit
(Employee engagement toolkit) Green employee benefits can facilitate behavior changes with tangible results which also measurably benefit the environment. They have the potential to accelerate meaningful environmental impacts and bring sustainability values deeper into the fabric of an organization. The services can help retain and attract employees, as well as benefit their health and financial…

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CSA

Setting goals for less meat

  • Food
  • Food Service
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
Reducing meat on patient menus, in cafeterias, and modeling plant-forward whole food choices supports human and environmental health.  Reporting meat purchases by category allow for the calculation of Greenhouse Gas emissions generated by meat purchasing. Climate change affects health and health care delivery, and hospitals are dealing with the impacts today. Reducing GHG emissions protects the…

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After achieving success in getting more hospitals involved in reducing their carbon footprint, Healthier Hospitals will remain a Practice Greenhealth Program.

Due to the momentum and success of the Initiative, Healthier Hospitals transitions into a free program of Practice Greenhealth as of May 2015, intended to continue guiding those who are just beginning their sustainability work. The program will continue to use data to implement proven environmental strategies, and will lead companies with that structure in place to more advanced Practice…

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