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{Past Event} - Data 101 Series: How to Conduct a Material & Waste Baseline

November 6, 2017 - 2:00 pm - November 6, 2017 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Tracking materials and wastes is critical to any sustainability programming.  

In order to submit a Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award, hospitals are required to submit data on the types and amounts of wastes that are generated.  

Award thresholds include a less than 10% Regulated Medical Waste rate and a minimum of a 15% recycling rate.  The award reviewers also require other waste reduction activities and some details on how hospitals achieved the targets.

Join Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and former health care Waste Manager for an overview of the categories that Practice Greenhealth has established in order for hospitals to use a standardized practice for measuring materials and waste.  Janet will provide a step by step approach to understanding and tracking each waste stream, as required by Practice Greenhealth.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how Practice Greenhealth defines material and waste stream categories.
  • Understand the importance of both the amount of waste and associated costs for prioritizing waste reduction strategies.
  • Identify the thresholds required for Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards criteria.
  • Recognize that waste and recycler haulers can support a hospital’s data collection needs.
  • Identify resources to help track materials and waste streams.
  • Understand the data collection requirements for both Environmental Excellence Awards and sector benchmarking.



Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement & Healthier Hospitals

Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees. Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

Janet pioneered sustainability in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. You can read Janet's columns on her LinkedIn profile.

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