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{Past Event} - Green Operations Series: Introducing Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products

November 9, 2011 - 2:00 pm - November 9, 2011 - 3:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time

Topic

Practice Greenhealth has released a new tool - the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products (Version 1.0) - which can be used to guide the identification, selection, and procurement of environmentally preferable medical products. This tool is a significant part of the Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative.

The tool is intended to serve as a template with a common set of standardized questions on key environmentally preferable attributes of medical products that can be used by group purchasing organizations and healthcare purchasers in their supply chain procurement process and manufacturers and suppliers in their entire product life cycle process.

The questions were selected with input from dozens of organizations representing various sectors of the health care industry, including hospitals, health systems and suppliers – participating as Advisory members – and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) – as Stakeholders. Initial endorsing organizations are Amerinet, HealthTrust Purchasing Group, MedAssets, Novation, LLC, and Premier.  Practice Greenhealth also worked with nonprofit organizations and government agencies in developing questions for consideration.

Presenters

Beth Eckl, Practice Greenhealth
beckl@practicegreenhealth.org
Beth Eckl is Director of the Environmental Purchasing Program for Practice Greenhealth providing technical support, consulting services and training on environmental purchasing for health systems, healthcare facilities and group purchasing organizations. Beth Eckl is Director of the Environmental Purchasing Program for Practice Greenhealth providing technical support, consulting services and training on environmental purchasing for health systems, healthcare facilities and group purchasing organizations. Beth brings over ten years of environmental purchasing consulting experience as Principle of EPE Consulting where she developed “green” purchasing programs and policies for municipalities and businesses. She was also Program Manager for waste reduction, recycling and environmental purchasing for all County facilities, including hospitals, under the Alameda County General Services Agency (Oakland, CA) and based in the Purchasing Department.

Mark Rossi, Ph.D., Clean Production Action
mark@cleanproduction.org
Dr. Mark Rossi is the Co-Director at Clean Production Action. He is a collaborative developer of innovative programs, tools and initiatives for integrating sustainable materials and safer chemicals into the economy. Mark is the co-author of CPA’s Green Screen for Safer Chemicals -- a tool for benchmarking chemicals based on inherent hazard.  He also co-authored CPA’s Plastics Scorecard, a tool for benchmarking plastics based on green chemistry principles and closed loop systems (2009).  Mark also founded BizNGO, a collaboration of businesses and environmental organizations promoting the development and use of safer chemicals and sustainable materials. BizNGO is a community of 330 thought leaders with over 80 active participants. He led BizNGO’s development of its visionary Guiding Principles for Chemicals Policy (2008) and is leading development of BizNGO’s Guide to Safer Chemicals. 

Tracey Easthope, MPH, Ecology Center
tracey@ecocenter.org
Ms. Easthope directs the Ecology Center’s Environmental Health Project, with 20 years of experience in policy development, technical assistance, organizing, and strategic campaign development on environmental health and chemicals issues. She serves on the Governor-appointed State of Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable. She co-leads the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health, a statewide environmental health coalition working to advance chemicals policy at the state level. She is a founding member of the international Health Care Without Harm campaign, and works on the Coalition's chemicals policy work. She currently directs the Ecology Center’s Green Chemistry Initiative and oversees the Healthy Food in Healthcare Initiative, and is a policy analyst, organizer and adviser on issues of environmental health in multiple venues – from local to global.

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