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{Past Event} - Introduction to the Revised GGHC Operations Section

January 23, 2009 - 2:00 pm - January 23, 2009 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


The most significant revision to the Green Guide for Health Care Version 2.2 Operations section to date has been released, marking the completion of a rigorous development process including two public comment periods. The Green Guide for Health Care, a project of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and Health Care Without Harm, is the first voluntary, best practices green building and operations toolkit customized for the health care sector. Practice Greenhealth is the principal implementation vehicle for the Green Guide for Health Care and had a leadership role in the revision process for the Operations Section. Understand how the Green Guide for Health Care can be a roadmap to plot your organization’s course. Learn about the new GGHC sections including Environmental Services and Food Services! Understand the link between the Green Guide and additional resources on the Practice Greenhealth Website.

Points To Include

  • A more user-friendly tool – Strategies are now grouped by facility department.
  • Up to date – Updated regulatory standards, best practices, and resources reflecting the most current available information, including alignment with the 2008 revision of LEED® for Existing Buildings-Operations and Maintenance rating system, with permission, where applicable.
  • Expanded scope – Emerging priorities in health care operations and maintenance are reflected in the update, including emissions reporting, low-impact grounds maintenance, sustainable food service, and multi-attribute environmentally preferable purchasing policies.
  • Emphasis on continuous improvement – The self-certifying nature of the GGHC lends itself to continuous improvement. The revised Operations section emphasizes goal setting and establishing ongoing environmental programs by requiring periodic performance evaluations and outlining aspirational innovation points for industry leaders.
  • Emphasis on Integrated Operations and Education – Strategies focus on establishing a cross-departmental structure governing environmental programs and emphasizing ongoing education of staff, patients and visitors, and the general public on the connection between greening a facility’s operations and human health.


Janet Brown, Practice Greenhealth
Telephone: 866/598-2110
Janet Brown is Director, Sustainable Operations and leads environmental improvement activities for membership facilities. Janet coordinates a monthly Greening Operations webinar series and is on the Steering Committee of the Green Guide for Health Care and Planetree’s Design Advisory Council. Prior to joining Practice Greenhealth, Janet coordinated health care environmental management programs for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City from 1991 – 2004. Beth Israel received numerous awards including the EPA’s Environmental Quality Award in 2001. Janet lives in Amherst, MA with her husband and two children.

Cecilia DeLoach, Practice Greenhealth
Telephone: 1-866-598-2130
As Senior Manager of Sustainable Operations at Practice Greenhealth, Cecilia has more than 11 years experience working with hospitals and health systems across the country to develop customized sustainability programs that emphasize responsible purchasing practices, green building design and construction and a reduction in both the volume and toxicity of hospital waste—including programs to minimize regulated medical waste, reduce hazardous waste and maximize recycling. Cecilia coordinates the Sustainable Operations Workgroup for the Global Health and Safety Initiative and recently co-chaired the revision of the Green Guide for Healthcare’s Operations Section where she spearheaded the Environmental Services and Chemical Management subcommittees. In her previous role as State Partnership Program Coordinator, Cecilia took the lead on developing a national infrastructure to support state-level programs that assist hospitals in implementing environmental initiatives. Cecilia has a BS in Environmental Science, an MBA focused on healthcare administration and corporate social responsibility from The George Washington University, and is a certified healthcare environmental manager. She is based in Practice Greenhealth’s Arlington, VA office.

Lorissa MacAllister, Progressive AE
Telephone: 616-361-2664
Lorissa is Healthcare Practice Leader at Progressive AE. She has expertise in healthcare master planning, designing, programming, and sustainable healthcare design. She approaches the design and programming of a facility through process-based planning. Lorissa is working locally on developing quality measures in physician practices with the Alliance for Health with the support of a Robert Wood Johnson foundation grant. In 2007, Lorissa was recognized as one of Forty Under 40 Business Leaders in West Michigan. Lorissa is on the Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids’ Board of Directors, the Keller Foundation Vice President, and was on the Cascade Charter Township Planning Commission.

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