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  • Sep
    27
    2014

    First-of-its-kind study finds toxic flame retardants from consumer products are significant source of pollution to waterways

    By: Christina Quint

    Photo source:  Consumercal.com

    Watoxics.org

    Sep 17, 2014

    Seattle –Scientists have been puzzling over why toxic flame retardant chemicals used in products in our homes, like couches and TVs, are showing up in Puget Sound, rivers, and other waters across the state. Now they have an answer thanks to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The first-of-its kind study uncovers how flame retardants used in products in homes accumulate on clothing, contaminate laundry wastewater, and pass through wastewater treatment...

  • Sep
    22
    2014

    San Francisco and Berkeley Take a Stand to Protect Antibiotics

    By: Christina Quint

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Food & Water Watch and public health advocates applaud the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Berkeley City Council September 9 actions passing resolutions calling on Congress to protect public health by passing national legislation to stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics on factory farms. San Francisco is the first major city and the first county in California to pass such a resolution.

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  • Sep
    18
    2014

    White House Report on Antibiotic Resistance Disappoints

    By: Christina Quint

    Health Care Without Harm

    September 18, 2014

    No Recommendation that FDA Act Immediately to Collect Critical Data on Antibiotics Overused in Livestock, Or To Curb Overuse

    [A joint release with Healthy Food Action]

    Washington, DC – Top advisors to the White House released a long-anticipated report on how the nation should respond to the current crisis in bacterial infections that resist treatment with antibiotics. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) warned that antibiotic resistance already costs the...

  • Sep
    18
    2014

    Hospitals make gains across wide spectrum of green activities

    By: Christina Quint
    Jeff Ferenc September 18, 2014 Health Facilities Management  

    More hospitals are recycling more waste, purchasing greener products and serving healthier food

    The Healthier Hospitals Initiative...

  • Sep
    16
    2014

    UC announces new approaches to combat climate change

    By: Christina Quint

    UC Office of the President

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    The University of California today (Sept. 10) announced a series of measures to make UC a national leader in sustainability, efforts that range from proposals to actively use its $91 billion portfolio to invest in climate solutions to a major agreement to boost solar energy use.

    Among the findings of the president’s Task Force on Sustainable Investing, scheduled for discussion at the UC Board of Regents’ Committee on Investments meeting Sept. 12, are recommendations to:

    ·        Allocate $1 billion over...

  • Sep
    15
    2014

    Health Care Sector Moves Away from Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture

    By: Christina Quint

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2014, 12pm EST

    Contact: Benn Grover, Health Care Without Harm

                                    (888)-461-0112

                                    bgrover@hcwh.org

    Health Care Sector Moves Away from Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture

    Major U.S. health systems commit to purchasing furniture without toxic flame retardants; building sector-wide momentum to eliminate unnecessary health threat

    Chicago, IL – Advocate Health Care,...

  • Sep
    15
    2014

    3 Tips for Transforming Hospital Food Into Something More Sustainable

    By: Christina Quint
    Deborah Fleischer    Tuesday August 19th, 2014   TriplePundit  

    The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is world renowned for its cutting-edge research and medical care. It is also a leader in sustainability, modeling healthy, sustainable food choices for patients, staff and visitors. In the recent 2014 townhall (see minute 21.20), an attendee asked University of California Office of the President (UCOP) President Janet Napolitano about UCOP’s sustainable food initiative,...

  • Sep
    15
    2014

    Solar panels equal the electricity use of 1,200 homes with more capacity planned

    By: Christina Quint
    Healthcare Finance News   September 10, 2014 Solar power is not new to Kaiser Permanente, but the California-based health system is planning to ramp up its usage. In July, Kaiser Permanente announced a program to install on-site solar at over 100 hospitals. It installed solar panels at 13 locations in 2011, including hospitals, medical offices and a distribution center. With a generation capacity of 11.3 megawatts, these arrays generated 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in 2013 – equivalent to the electricity use of about 1, 200 average American homes each year. Kaiser...
  • Sep
    8
    2014

    D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies

    By: Christina Quint
    CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS   SEPT. 8, 2014   NEW YORK TIMES   Steel boxes made by MedReturn are being used to get prescribed drugs off the streets. Credit Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers. Under the new regulation, patients and their relatives will also be...
  • Aug
    26
    2014

    Why hospital CEOs are thinking about the air conditioning bill

    By: Christina Quint

    Crain's Chicago Business

    August 26, 2014

    As Advocate Health Care moves ahead on a $92 million expansion of Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill, it’s primarily concerned with adding three stories of private patient rooms. But it’s also focusing on the air conditioning system.

    In an industry being pushed to reduce everything from overnight stays to nursing staffs, energy efficiency is a largely untapped area for cutting costs, experts say.

    It’s more than just switching out old light bulbs. NorthShore University HealthSystem is overhauling operating...

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