First-of-its-kind study finds toxic flame retardants from consumer products are significant source of pollution to waterwaysBy: Christina Quint
Photo source: Consumercal.com
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...
Sep222014By: 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....
Sep182014By: 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...
Sep182014By: Christina QuintJeff Ferenc September 18, 2014 Health Facilities Management
Sep162014By: 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...
Sep152014By: Christina Quint
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2014, 12pm EST
Contact: Benn Grover, Health Care Without Harm
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,...
Sep152014By: Christina QuintDeborah 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,...
Sep152014By: Christina QuintHealthcare 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...
Sep82014By: Christina QuintCATHERINE 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...
Aug262014By: 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...