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Purchasing oils and shortenings

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Guide
Questions to ask suppliers and to take into consideration when making purchasing decisions about oils and shortenings. 

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Purchasing processed food

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
  • Sustainable procurement
Use one or more of the suggested environmental disclosure questions in your RFI/RFP to help inform your purchasing decisions around processed food.

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Purchasing fresh, canned, and frozen produce

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Local and sustainable purchasing
  • Local Food
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Guide
Questions to ask suppliers and to take into consideration when making purchasing decisions about fresh, canned, and frozen produce. 

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Food Purchasing Tools: Infant Formula

  • Food
  • Purchasing
  • Guide
Use these suggested environmental considerations in your RFP’s or RFI’s as a way to evaluate supplier responses or guide decisions in the purchasing process.  

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Purchasing non-dairy beverages

  • Food
  • Purchasing
Questions to ask suppliers and to take into consideration when making purchasing decisions about non-dairy beverages.  

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Construction, Retrofit and Design Services

  • Guide
  • Green Building
  • Buildings
This is a guide to suggested environmental disclosure questions for construction and renovation design services.

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Transportation checklist

  • Transportation
  • Fleet Vehicles
  • Toolkit
  • Checklist
(Transportation toolkit) The following checklist is an accumulation of transportation strategies gathered during a review of best transportation practices among Practice Greenhealth members, and via online, publicly sourced literature review. Practice Greenhealth would like to acknowledge and thank these organizations for sharing those resources. The checklist has been designed to provide a quick…

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Transportation definitions

  • Transportation
  • Toolkit
  • Definitions
(Transportation toolkit) Definitions of terms used to describe transportation considerations including fuel-efficient transport, renewable energy options, and terms common to the transportation supply chain. 

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2013 Environmental Excellence Awards Sustainability Benchmark Report

  • Benchmark Report
  • 2013
  • Report
Practice Greenhealth is proud to present its fifth annual Sustainability Benchmark Report, highlighting the achievements of its 2013 Award-winning facilities. The report presents a summary of useful benchmarking information for hospitals’ environmental programs from data collected in 2012, such as average waste profiles, environmentally preferable purchasing data, and energy and water consumption…

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NorthShore University HealthSystem water reduction case study

  • Water
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Case Study
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) implemented an enterprise approach to cooling water management. This increased operational efficiency by 5.5 percent and resulted in ~1.2 MM gallons of water saved and $8,175 dollars in annual savings. In addition, energy efficiency and organizational communication were improved. The program has a simple payback of 22 months.

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