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PVC and DEHP position statement

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Chemicals
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a problematic plastic because it requires additives such as plasticizers like diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), among others, and generates chemicals of concern throughout its life cycle – from manufacture, through use and disposal – resulting in potentially hazardous exposures to those chemicals in the workplace, in communities, and in some patients. We have worked with…

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Transition from single-use, disposables to reusables

  • Sustainable procurement
Part of Purchasing Commitment: Getting started guides Over the years, many products in the operating room setting have transitioned to single-use, disposable products, due to convenience, low cost, and infection prevention concerns. The process has led to significant volumes of plastics and other waste, often with little or no available recycling markets. While the upfront price tag of a…

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Furniture and furnishings procurement

  • Chemicals
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Healthy interiors
Part of Impact purchasing commitment: Getting started guides  Every day, patients and employees are exposed to a wide array of chemicals in hospitals and health care facilities, and the priority chemicals of concern have been shown to have a lasting negative impact on individual health, public health, and the environment. Furnishings can be a significant contributor to poor health in interior…

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Renewable electricity procurement

  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable procurement
Part of Impact purchasing commitment: Getting started guides  Hospitals are energy-intensive, using 2.5 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. The burning of fossil fuels drives both air pollution and climate change, with outdoor air pollution killing over 4.5 million people each year globally. Renewable electricity can replace power from fossil fuels – improving…

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Impact purchasing commitment: Getting started guides

  • Sustainable procurement
What we buy matters. Sustainability professionals and purchasing managers can work together to embed sustainability into purchasing processes and engage suppliers and group purchasing organizations to provide innovative, sustainable products and services with a reduced impact on human health and the environment. Practice Greenhealth has more than two decades’ experience identifying the criteria…

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Sustainable procurement

Sustainable food procurement

  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Sustainable procurement
Part of Impact purchasing commitment: Getting started guides  The way our food is produced, processed, transported, made available for consumption, and consumed has profound impacts on environmental, public, and individual health. At each point in the food system, there are opportunities to support the health of workers, eaters, and the biological systems on which health depends. As large,…

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RPF questions for sustainable electronics

  • Sustainable procurement
These questions to ask during the RFP process will help make informed decisions when purchasing sustainable electronics. 

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Cool food pledge resources

  • Food
  • Climate and Health
The Cool Food Pledge team provides members with guidance on developing a plan for serving more climate-friendly food while meeting other dining-related targets.

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Cool Food Pledge brochure for health care

  • Food
  • Climate and Health
This brochure, designed for the health care audience, shows how facilities can use the Cool Food Pledge to provide diners more of what they want while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The Cool Food Pledge is a tool that will help you increase delicious plant-centered offerings that will appeal to wide audiences, track your impact, and celebrate your successes. Participating hospitals…

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