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  • Aug
    1
    2015

    Yu: Tasting the benefits of reducing food waste

    By: HHI Admin

    Dr. Yan Yu

    August 1, 2015

    Calgary Herald

    As a resident family physician, I often encounter patients whom I cannot help. Sometimes, the most I can do is give them a sandwich from the hospital kitchen, and marvel at how much happiness something as simple as food can bring. Little did I know that many of my patients are actually suffering from hunger, on top of other medical conditions. In fact, almost a million people rely on food banks in Canada.   Such numbers are troubling, especially since Canada needlessly wastes over seven billion kilograms of food every year —...
  • Jul
    31
    2015

    Is Your Healthcare Facility Extreme Weather Ready?

    By: HHI Admin

    Anne DiNardo

    July 31, 2015

    Healthcare Design Magazine

    This spring the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services introduced the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which is focused on expanding access to science-based information on climate change and the built environment.   The toolkit includes a guide document and suite of online tools and resources that are designed to help healthcare facility operators develop sustainable and climate-resilient buildings.   Robin Guenther, a principal at Perkins+Will...
  • Jul
    30
    2015

    Designing a Water-Wise Hospital at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

    By: HHI Admin

    July 30, 2015

    BusinessWire

    Preserving natural resources, especially water, is a central aspect of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford expansion and new main building.   While maintaining a safe environment for children and their families requires an abundance of clean water, the hospital is setting an industry-leading example in how it will maintain its complex medical systems and equipment, as well as essential services like heating and cooling, laundry, sterilization, sanitation, and food service.   This approach is more than a nicety: Hospitals today are the...
  • Jul
    30
    2015

    Wisconsin Hospital Adds Third Green Roof to Its Campus

    By: HHI Admin
    July 30, 2015 ACHR News   St. Elizabeth Hospital is putting the final touches on its third green roof. Contractors are wrapping up the installation of a 6,110-square-foot LiveRoof® system atop the new Fremont Tower. The first 4,125-square-foot green roof was installed on the Heart, Vascular and Lung Center building in 2009. This building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in recognition of its sustainable design and operation. The hospital also installed a 3,000-square-foot green roof on its Cancer Center in 2011.   St. Elizabeth Hospital is part...
  • Jul
    19
    2015

    People and planet benefit from ‘green’ buildings

    By: HHI Admin

    Paul Brown

    Climate News Network

    July 19, 2015

    Buildings that are designed to cut water and energy use and make as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible make life much better for their occupants too.   Studies into 69,000 buildings − homes, offices and factories − in 150 countries show that there are fewer illnesses among residents and workers, who report they are more comfortable and happier. Employers also find they are more productive.   Companies that opt for “green” buildings gain because workers stay longer in their jobs and have fewer absences,...
  • Jul
    1
    2015

    How going green helped Beaumont Health cut costs by more than $1.4M last year

    By: Christina Quint

    Ayla Ellison 

    June 15, 2015

    Becker's Hospital Review

    Royal Oak, Mich.-based Beaumont Health System saved more than $1.4 million last year through its numerous green initiatives, according to a Crain's Detroit Business report.

    The system saved at least $1.4 million last year by cutting its electricity usage by 10 percent. The system cut it usage by using more efficient LED lights and converting to variable frequency air conditioning units, according to the report.

    Beaumont has also made changes to help cut back on its water usage, such as updating its...

  • Jun
    16
    2015

    Mercy Sister Susan Vickers honored

    By: HHI Admin

    June 16, 2015

    Catholic San Francisco

    Mercy Sister Susan Vickers was honored May 14 with the Environmental Health Hero Award by Health Care Without Harm. The award was presented at a CleanMed Conference in Portland, Oregon. Sister Susan is vice president for corporate responsibility with Dignity Health.

    Honored for “her years of advocating sustainable and environmentally sound practices for hospitals” she has led Dignity forward “in conservation of resources, reduction of waste and reuse and recycling programs,” the Mercy Sisters said.

    Sister Susan saw that...

  • Jun
    16
    2015

    Southeast Michigan hospitals save green by going green

    By: HHI Admin
    Jay Greene Crain's Detroit Business June 14, 2015 St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor has taken advantage of low fuel oil and gas prices the past year and saved more than 20 percent through advanced bulk purchases.   Beaumont Health System has cut electricity usage by at least 10 percent, saving at least $1.4 million last year, by purchasing more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights and converting to variable frequency air conditioning units.   Oakwood Healthcare — before it became part of the new eight-hospital Beaumont Health — launched a recycling program last year and has...
  • Jun
    13
    2015

    Healthcare confronts climate change: Schools, providers focus on health effects to dampen political opposition

    By: HHI Admin

    Andis Robeznieks
    June 13, 2015
    Modern Healthcare 

    A number of medical, nursing and public health schools around the country are launching programs to train students about the effects of climate change on health and how to reduce its impact.

    In addition, some health systems have established ambitious green initiatives to reduce their own carbon footprint and inspire broader climate change initiatives.

    Some leaders of the efforts say they are stressing the health-promoting features of the initiatives to minimize political opposition to mentions of climate...

  • Jun
    9
    2015

    Ohio Hospitals’ Energy Conservation Efforts Ensure Patient Health, Cut Costs

    By: HHI Admin

    FOR RELEASE: June 9, 2015; 9:00AM ET

    Contacts: Benn Grover, Health Care Without Harm

    Phone: 888-461-0112

    Email: bgrover@hcwh.org

    John Palmer, OHA

    Phone: 614-221-7614

    Email: john.palmer@ohiohospitals.org

    Ohio Hospitals’ Energy Conservation Efforts Ensure Patient Health, Cut Costs

    New Report Showcases Clean Energy Commitments from Four Leading Health Organizations

    [Columbus, Ohio] Four Ohio health...

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