Aug62015By: HHI Admin
August 6, 2015
Los Angeles TimesHospitals are among the highest water users in communities, but have a lot of potential to help California fight its ongoing drought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Jonah Schein, a technical coordinator for the EPA's WaterSense Program, said the drought is shifting the focus of utilities' efficiency from energy to water. "Water efficiency in a lot of facilities has really been ignored. When you go in and do [water usage] audits, you often find that there is a lot of low-hanging fruit," Schein said...
Aug62015By: HHI Admin
August 4, 2015
Experts say estimations of how Americans' health could improve with lowered emissions are accurate. President Barack Obama on Monday formally announced a plan that calls for cutting power sector carbon emission by 32% from 2005 levels. The Environmental Protection Agency touted the health benefits that would result from implementation of the Clean Power Program. The American Lung Association agreed. In a statement posted on the organization's website, CEO Harold Wimmer said the regulations would result in significant...
Aug52015By: HHI Admin
August 5, 2015
The Irish TimesShould medical professionals be environmentalists as well? Should they be concerned about global warming, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity and a shortage of resources? And if they are concerned, should they be seen to be activists? Should they advocate on environmental issues and should they add their voices in protest at the degradation of the planet? I think they should. These matters are far too important to trust to big business and politicians. Doctors and pharmacists have learned to be sceptical of men in suits...
Aug42015By: HHI AdminAugust 4, 2015 Health Care Without Harm The Health Care Climate Council, representing hospitals across the United States that are committed to addressing the health impacts of climate change, supports the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA plan sets the first-ever federal limits on dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants, cuts the single largest source of the carbon pollution, and safeguards public health from the harmful effects of carbon pollution. Continue reading
Aug32015By: HHI Admin
August 3, 2015
NewsweekCoal-burning power plants are the single biggest source of carbon pollution in the United States and make up nearly a third of the nation’s total carbon emissions. On Monday, the Obama administration released its final draft of a package of rules meant to rein them in. The new version of the rules, called “the Clean Power Plan,” mandates deeper carbon emissions cuts than the previous version, released last year, did, but it gives power plants more time to comply. Prior to this rule package, which will be enacted under the Clean Air...
Aug12015By: HHI Admin
Dr. Yan Yu
August 1, 2015
Calgary HeraldAs 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 —...
Jul312015By: HHI Admin
July 31, 2015
Healthcare Design MagazineThis 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...
Jul302015By: HHI AdminJuly 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...
Jul302015By: HHI Admin
July 30, 2015
BusinessWirePreserving 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...
Jul192015By: HHI Admin
Climate News Network
July 19, 2015Buildings 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,...