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  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Kaiser Permanente Commits to Purchasing Furniture Free from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

    By: HHI Admin

    For more information, contact:

    Susannah Patton, Kaiser Permanente

    510-421-1479, Susannah.F.Patton@kp.org
    Rose King, Brink Communications
    503-863-­‐1363, Rose@brinkcomm.com   

     

    Kaiser Permanente Commits to Purchasing Furniture Free from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals
    Organization is the first health system to remove these chemicals from hospital furniture; cites concerns over exposure to potential toxicants

     

    OAKLAND, Calif. (June 3, 2014) — Concerned about...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Practice Greenhealth Celebrates First-Ever Winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

    By: HHI Admin

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                

    June 5, 2014   

    Contact:          Sherry MacDonald

                            (703) 870-7494

                            smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org                                                                     

     

    Practice Greenhealth Celebrates First-Ever Winners of
    Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

    Most prestigious environmental achievement award offered by the organization

     

    (Reston, Va.)— Practice...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Practice Greenhealth Honors Environmental Excellence Awards Winners

    By: HHI Admin

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   

    June 5, 2014   

    Contact:  Sherry MacDonald 

                            (703) 870-7494

                            smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org                                                                     

    Practice Greenhealth Honors Environmental Excellence Awards Winners

    2014 Award Winners Announced 

    (Reston, Va.)— Practice Greenhealth has announced its 2014 Environmental Excellence Award Winners. Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Moms, Nurses Laud New EPA Carbon Pollution Plan: 'Ultimately, It Will Save Lives'

    By: HHI Admin

    Katie Valentine

    June 9, 2014

    ThinkProgress

    CREDIT: Moms Clean Air Force/Flickr

    There are days in the summer when pollution levels are so high that Wendy Bredhold’s two-year-old daughter can’t play outside.

    That’s not surprising, given that Bredhold’s town of in Evansville, Indiana sits within 62 miles of 17 coal-fired power plants. The town’s proximity to the power plants doesn’t impact life on a day-to-day basis, Bredhold said, but when the weather gets warm, high air particulate levels mean that children, the elderly and people with respiratory...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Illinois Becomes First State To Ban Microbeads

    By: HHI Admin

    June 8, 2014

    Inquisitr.com

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Sunday that made his state the first to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing mircobeads, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Synthetic plastic microbeads are commonly added to soaps and cosmetics by manufacturers who claim that they help to exfoliate the skin. Environmental groups, however, have raised concerns that microbeads could pollute waterways. The non-biodegradable plastic particles can slip through sewage filters and build up in waterways, where they can be...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Globe serves up shot in the arm, attracting medical meetings to city

    By: HHI Admin

    Judy Stringer

    May 25, 2014

    Crain's Cleveland Business

    PHOTO COURTESY CLEVELAND CONVENTION CENTER--Cleveland's strong biomedical presence made it a logical home for something like the Global Center, which will have four floors featuring the latest in health care products, services and technology.

    For years, it was called the “Medical Mart.” More recently, locals have dubbed it the “Globe.” 

    No matter its nickname, the city's sparkly new Global Center for Health Innovation is serving up a healthy dose of medical meeting interest and acting as a...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Making a Scary Future Without Antibiotics Real

    By: Christina Quint

    David Wallinga, M.D.

    June 4th, 2014

    Huffington Post

    Last year, 17 percent of Americans were given antibiotics. We take for granted that they will work. We forget that before antibiotics were first developed, in the 1940s, even routine infections could be scary, and potentially life-threatening.

    ...
  • Jun
    3
    2014

    Health Care Without Harm Honors 2014 Award Winners at CleanMed Conference

    By: HHI Admin

    Award Winners Honored for Commitment to Environment and Health

    Cleveland, OH – This week Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) honors five outstanding individuals who have contributed to the development of sustainable health care. The annual awards are bestowed at CleanMed, a major health care sustainability conference co-hosted by Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenheath. This year’s event is taking place in Cleveland, OH, June 2-5.

    Award recipients include:

    Environmental Health Hero Award: 
    Dr. Peter Orris, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM - University of Illinois...

  • Jun
    2
    2014

    Better hospital food: Lee Memorial steps up use of locally grown produce

    By: Christina Quint

    May 31, 2014

    Pharmacy Choice 

     Lee Memorial Health System officials are walking the walk, putting fresh greens where their mouths are and promoting good nutrition by example.

    The public hospital system has been ramping up its emphasis on fresh produce supplied by local growers in its meal service. It also is striving to offer more organic choices for patients and medical...

  • May
    21
    2014

    Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

    By: HHI Admin

    Kiley Kroh

    May 13, 2014

    Think Progress


    Wind turbines and transmission lines in Nauen near Berlin, Germany. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/FERDINAND OSTROP On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables...

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