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  • Apr
    24
    2015

    Preparing Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

    By: HHI Admin
    Joel Scheraga  April 24, 2015   The Earth’s climate is rapidly changing. Temperatures are rising and precipitation patterns are changing. We’re seeing more storms, floods, and droughts, and the frequency of intense weather events is increasing. Sea levels are rising more rapidly and storm surges are becoming more severe.   These changes are concerning because they can affect our health, rivers, beaches, and access to food, water, and energy. All of these risks can also lead to significant economic damages if communities are not adequately prepared. For instance, hurricane Sandy caused...
  • Apr
    20
    2015

    UW Health: Sustainability effort makes progress on Earth Day

    By: HHI Admin
    4/20/2015    CONTACT: Emily Kumlien,(608) 265-8199, (608) 516-9154, ekumlien@uwhealth.org    As Earth Day 2015 approaches, UW Health is stepping up efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and follow more sustainable practices.    In the process of taking care of patients, hospitals generate a large and diverse waste stream. In 2014, environmental sustainability became a part of UW Health’s mission statement and prompted several changes.    •Replacement of plastic water bottles with boxed water in the cafeteria, vending machines and catering because boxed water has a smaller...
  • Apr
    20
    2015

    Hospitals' Environmental Sustainability Depends on HR

    By: HHI Admin
    Lena Weiner Health Leaders Media April 20, 2015   Hospitals and health systems can mitigate the effects of their copious energy consumption and waste generation by engaging with staff. Here's how one Michigan health system's sustainability efforts are boosted by its HR department.   The Hippocratic Oath is "first do no harm," but hospitals are among the greatest generators of waste and consumers of energy. Ironically, it's no secret that inefficient use of resources have a negative impact on everyone's health.    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average hospital...
  • Apr
    3
    2015

    Catholics prep for Pope Francis to tackle climate in upcoming encyclical

    By: HHI Admin
    Marianne Lavelle April 2, 2015 The Daily Climate   Dan Misleh, director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, found himself facing a skeptic recently after he outlined the coalition's preparations for Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on global warming.    The woman didn't doubt the science. She just wasn't sure of the bishops.   Why wouldn't U.S. bishops record messages on climate change to be played in all churches, just as they often do for annual Lenten fundraising drives, she asked. Why not distribute cards in the pews, urging parishioners to sign pledges to care for creation and the poor,...
  • Apr
    2
    2015

    A doctor says antibiotics in meat could be harming us

    By: HHI Admin
    Erin Dacy April 2, 2015 WAAY TV   Each year, 23-thousand Americans die and eight-million are hospitalized as a result of antibiotic resistant infections and it has nothing to do with prescription medication. Here are some reasons why you may want to take a closer look at what’s on your plate.   It might look good, but what’s added to beef, pork and poultry has the attention of the CDC and hospitals all over the U.S.!   Amy Collins, MD, Senior Clinical Advisor for Health Care Without Harm in Boston, said, “80-percent of the antibiotics used in this country are used in animal agriculture. That...
  • Mar
    25
    2015

    Cleveland steps up on energy efficiency challenge

    By: HHI Admin
    Kathiann Kowalski March 25, 2015 Midwest Energy News   Representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and the City of Cleveland were on hand Monday at the city’s Fire Station No. 1 to recognize local leaders in DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.   Participants in the federal program publicly commit to decrease their energy consumption by at least 20 percent over a 10-year period and to share their know-how with others. Energy efficiency is a key part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.   Monday’s program gave kudos to both the Cleveland Division of Fire...
  • Mar
    24
    2015

    Study links widely-used pesticides to antibiotic resistance

    By: HHI Admin

    Elizabeth Grossman

    March 24, 2015

    Civil Eats

    This has not been a good week for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it had classified glyphosate, the United States’ most widely-used pesticide, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

    Now, the chemical has another strike against it. A study published today by the American Society of Microbiology’s journal mBio has linked glyphosate and two other widely-used herbicides–2,4-D and dicamba–to one of the most pressing public...

  • Mar
    22
    2015

    Indianapolis hospital campus serves as an example in sustainable building

    By: HHI Admin
    Annie Garau March 22, 2015 Indiana Daily Student   Sidney Eskenazi grew up on the south side of Indianapolis during the Great Depression. His father died when he was 13 years old and, one week later, Eskenazi started his first job. Even during these hard times, he grew up watching his father, and later his uncle, donating food to charitable causes. This generosity inspired the young boy so that today he, along with his wife Lois, continue the trend of giving back, though on a much larger scale.   In 2011 the IU alumni, who met while attending college on the Bloomington campus, gave a $40...
  • Mar
    20
    2015

    Spring Break for Polluters

    By: HHI Admin
    Rick Hind March 20, 2015 Greenpeace   On March 10th, to the applause of the chemical lobby, a bill (S. 697) on toxic chemical regulation was introduced in the Senate. What got people’s attention in Washington was the fact that the bill also had Democratic co-sponsors thanks to a full court press by the chemical lobby. Of course, not everyone who sponsors a bill ends up voting for it but if these Senate Democrats also vote for this bill it could become law.   Of course outside the Beltway people were wondering why the chemical lobby (DuPont, Dow, Exxon) is urging Congress to pass legislation...
  • Mar
    20
    2015

    Setting a Plastics Recycling Benchmark

    By: HHI Admin
    Alison Bryant March 20, 2015 Greenhealth Magazine   HPRC and Practice Greenhealth present key results from a survey on plastic packaging and products recycling in U.S. hospitals    Health care facilities in the United States generate approximately 14,000 tons of waste per day, most of which is disposed of in landfills or by incineration. It’s estimated that between 20 percent and 25 percent of that 14,000 tons can be attributed to plastic packaging and plastic products. In addition, it’s estimated that 85 percent of the hospital waste generated is nonhazardous, meaning it is free from...

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