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  • Climate and Health
  • Community Benefit
  • Toolkit
  • Get Started Guide
  • Leadership and education
(Delivering community benefit: Climate and health) Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health: clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Doctors are increasingly treating patients with climate-related illnesses, and more than 70 percent recognize that climate is affecting their patients. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

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Climate and health

HealthPartners: Composting and animal feeding to reduce food waste

  • Food
  • Case Study
  • HealthPartners
  • food waste
  • Waste
  • Toolkit
A Practice Greenhealth Case Study “Organics recycling and food waste diversion remain very important to us, and we are slowly but surely working to expand both the number of facilities with organics recycling and the types of materials that can be recycled.” – Allison Egan, HealthPartners Sustainability Consultant HealthPartners wanted to reduce sending organic waste to the landfill. They…

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HealthPartners food waste case study

Mayo Clinic Health System: Water reduction

  • Water Case Study
  • Case Study
  • Water
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) A trend in increasing water consumption triggered action by the Mayo Clinic Health System Energy Team to determine a cause and recommend an improvement plan. Not only did the increase in water consumption correlate with increases in water and sewer charges, but it caused concern for environmental impact. A goal was established to decrease water consumption by three percent.

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MediDock: The ambulance anti-idling solution

  • Transportation
  • Case Study
  • Transportation Case Study
  • Fleet Vehicles
  • Toolkit
(Transportation toolkit) MediDock provides an alternative to idling an ambulance, supplying power for key vehicle needs at a cheaper energy cost than gasoline and without the emissions or noise of a running engine.

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Providence St. Patrick Hospital: Eliminating hand soaps containing triclosan

  • Chemicals
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Case Study
  • Safer Chemicals Case Study
  • Providence St. Patrick
  • Safer hand hygiene
  • Toolkit
(Safer hand hygiene toolkit) In 2011, Providence St. Patrick Hospital set out to review the use of hand soaps containing triclosan due to emerging health and environmental concerns. New data and recommendations from authoritative bodies helped convince the Infection Prevention team that a switch was warranted. In 2012, Providence St. Patrick Hospital was able to eliminate triclosan from hand…

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Eliminating hand soaps

Seattle Children’s Hospital: Employee commuting

  • Transportation
  • Case Study
  • Transportation Case Study
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Toolkit
  • Employee transportation
(Transportation toolkit) Seattle Children’s Hospital has commitments with the city, the state, and its neighbors to reduce the percentage of single-occupancy-vehicle (SOV) commute trips made by its workforce. The organization has implemented a comprehensive transportation program which includes charging for daily parking at market rate, subsidizing all other modes of commuting, and offering…

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Spring Hope food drive

  • Transportation
  • Case Study
  • Transportation Case Study
  • Toolkit
  • Suppliers and Deliveries
(Transportation toolkit) Routific’s route optimization solution saved time in both planning and execution of driver routes, thus reducing costs as well as the total number of vehicles needed for the Spring Hope food drive in Vancouver, Canada.  

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Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center: Local food procurement and provision

  • Food
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Food Case Study
  • Case Study
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has been working to change its food offerings to more nutritious and locally sourced and sustainable meals since 2009. The FNS department has expanded its network of New England vendors to provide greens, baked goods, eggs, meat, and dairy to customers.

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Providence St. Peter Hospital: Water reduction

  • Water Case Study
  • Water
  • Case Study
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital
  • Toolkit
(Less water toolkit) Over the last 14 years, Providence St. Peter Hospital, located in Olympia, Wash., has reduced water consumption by 58 percent and saved over $2.5 million. Learn about the projects that achieved these results.

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Energy Efficiency Financing for Hospitals

  • Energy
  • Leaner Energy
  • Guide
Most hospitals recognize that there are substantial opportunities to reduce energy use in their facilities that are cost-effective on a life-cycle basis. The challenge is that hospital budgets are generally tight and therefore funding the up-front capital to make energy-efficiency investments can be difficult. Fortunately, there are a variety of financing arrangements that hospitals can consider…

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