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{Past Event} - Greening the OR: Bringing Sustainability to Outpatient Care Settings

April 12, 2012 - 2:00 pm - April 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time



As the Greening the OR Initiative progresses, it makes sense to include those facilities where surgery takes place, as well as healthcare centers that are struggling with the similar sustainability issues as hospital facilities. The Greening the OR Initiative aims to determine best practices, reduce cost, increase efficiency and increase worker and patient health and safety.  Thus, focusing on a largely growing population of surgery centers is complimentary to and coincides with the over-arching goals of the Initiative.  There are many sustainable opportunities within outpatient surgery centers and other community health centers (considering some “low-hanging fruit” such as operating during standard business hours and many other areas to consider) - may prove to make these facilities that much more cost effective and sustainable, as well as have a large impact on worker, patient, and environmental health.

Many of our current hospital and hospital system members have surgery centers and other community health centers in addition to their hospital’s OR suites.  Demonstrating the growing commitment among the health community to reduce its environmental impact, membership in Practice Greenhealth has continued to expand, now available to Community Health Centers, where the challenges and issues of sustainability are much the same as in acute care environments.  


  • Delineate the similarities and differences between an outpatient setting and hospital facility
  • Review opportunities for sustainable implementation in outpatient settings – from the “low-hanging fruit” to the “high reach” strategies
  • Demonstrate sustainable practices, including short and long-term plans and associated benefits
  • Identify key resources and stakeholders for successful implementation


Steven A. Koos, D.D.S., MD, CSR-P, LEED GA  

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