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  • Mar
    15
    2015

    Garbage and manure combine to create powerful assets for Maine dairy farm

    By: HHI Admin
    Tom Bell March 15, 2015 Press Herald   Adam Wintle sees too much of a good thing when he reads the electronic panel attached to the side of his $6 million anaerobic digestion system. An engine generates electricity by consuming 340 cubic feet of methane-rich biogas gas per minute. But another 200 cubic feet of gas is shooting up a pipe and burning off in a flare.   “We’ve got a lot of excess gas,” Wintle says. “That gas could be running another engine.”   The digester is essentially two enormous crockpots that cook a stew of cow manure and food waste at 100 degrees. Built just over three...
  • Mar
    13
    2015

    Special Report: Building the Business Case for More Sustainable Hospitals

    By: HHI Admin

    Keith Sutter

    March 12, 2015

    Practice Greenhealth

    Support for sustainability among health care professionals is significant. A recent global Harris Poll survey commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found that more than three-quarters of health care professionals across six countries believe sustainability initiatives protect staff, and nearly 70 percent agreed they make business sense.        How can health care professionals translate this support into action, and build an effective case for investments in sustainability within their organization?   Answers are explored...
  • Mar
    12
    2015

    Sutter Santa Rosa hospital earns Gold LEED certification

    By: HHI Admin
    North Bay Business Journal March 12, 2015   Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital has earned the distinction of being the first ground-up-built hospital in Northern California to attain LEED Gold certification.   “Gold” is the second-highest of four levels of certification under the U.S Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating systems.   “The new hospital incorporates sustainable building strategies from the ground up to comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria,” according to Creed Kampa, Lead Project Designer with HGA, an...
  • Mar
    12
    2015

    Operating Room Sustainability is Critical to Healthcare Business

    By: HHI Admin
    Vikas Vij March 12, 2015 Just Means   Healthcare comprises nearly 16 percent of the American economy. Hospitals operate round the clock, making a substantial environmental footprint. According to the EPA data, hospitals generate about 7,000 tons per day of waste, including infectious waste and hazardous waste. Mercury is used in medical devices and equipment, and several other hospital materials may have toxic effects. Hospitals also consume large amounts of energy and water.   Hospital sustainability programs can not only support the environment, but also reduce costs and improve the...
  • Mar
    10
    2015

    Sustainability in the Operating Room

    By: HHI Admin
    Ann Jarousse March 10, 2015 Hospitals & Health Networks   The benefits of sustainability are too important to ignore.   Hospital sustainability programs reduce costs and enhance the quality of patient care. However, given the long list of priorities that hospitals must tackle, sustainability too often falls by the wayside. Today, the benefits of sustainability are too important to ignore.   The operating room warrants a close look. It’s often the largest generator of revenue, as well as the largest consumer of supply costs and the biggest generator of waste. “Sustainability in the OR is...
  • Mar
    9
    2015

    Are Fossil Fuels the Next Tobacco? They Should Be

    By: HHI Admin
    Gary Cohen   March 9, 2015   Roll Call   In the 113th Congress, members took in more than $40 million dollars in campaign contributions from oil, gas and coal companies — the same companies that receive $37.5 billion in U.S. subsidies. We’ve seen this dependency on corporate money before, during the tobacco wars of the 1960s. From that campaign, we learned how critical divestment is for social change.   Kicking an addiction is never easy. It’s particularly hard when it involves an entire society — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Health care professionals have fought relentlessly...
  • Mar
    5
    2015

    The Triple Bottom Line: Making a Convincing Case for Sustainability

    By: HHI Admin
    Wharton University of Pennsylvania   March 3, 2015   Sustainability can be a tough sell to financially-stressed hospitals, because many in health care still associate “green” with increased costs. But Blair Sadler, senior fellow at the Institute for Health Care Improvement, says that a Commonwealth Fund research study, to which he contributed, “turns on its head the belief that introducing environmental sustainability measures increases operating costs. In fact, it is just the opposite.”   According to Kathy Gerwig, a vice president and environmental stewardship officer at Kaiser Permanente...
  • Mar
    5
    2015

    Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs

    By: HHI Admin
    Elizabeth Grossman March 5, 2015 National Geographic   Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Thursday.   Chemicals that can mimic or block estrogen or other hormones are commonly found in thousands of products around the world, including plastics, pesticides, furniture, and cosmetics.   The new research estimated health care costs in Europe, where policymakers are debating whether to enact the world's first regulations targeting...
  • Feb
    28
    2015

    Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts

    By: HHI Admin
    Kyle Plantz Feb 28, 2015 Reuters     Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging more people to see the problem as a crucial issue for public health, experts say.   With the 68th World Health Assembly coming up in May in Geneva, countries are poised to adopt the world's first resolution on air pollution and health, in an effort to reduce premature deaths linked to air pollution.   Studies have found that air pollution can worsen a variety of health problems, from heart disease to strokes, said Carlos Dora, coordinator of...
  • Feb
    26
    2015

    Using Waste Heat in Restaurant Kitchens to Heat Water

    By: HHI Admin
    Linda Hardesty

    February 6, 2015 Energy Manager Today   Next Step Living has acquired MVP Energy, creator of the EcoThermal Filter System, a clean energy technology for commercial kitchens.   The EcoThermal Filter System captures waste heat from the cook line to preheat water. The waste heat moves through the grease filters and blows over embedded heat exchangers and the water is preheated. That preheated water flows to the water storage tank to be used as needed.

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