May222015By: HHI AdminLindsey Konkel Environmental Health Perspectives In an unassuming low-rise in the Boston suburbs, Mark Rossi tinkers with a colorful dashboard on his laptop screen while his border collie putters around his feet. Rossi is the founder of BizNGO and Clean Production Action, two nonprofit collaborations of business and environmental groups to promote safer chemicals. He’s also the creator of tools that he hopes will solve a vexing problem—how to get a handle on companies’ overall toxic chemicals usage. Consider the screen of Rossi’s laptop. Chances are the company that manufactured the...
May202015By: HHI Admin
Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth
May 20, 2015
Health care professionals are charged with creating environments that foster quality health care delivery, patient healing and healthy workplaces for staff. For over fifteen years, partner organizations Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm have worked with thousands of leading hospitals, health care organizations and suppliers to help them take steps to create healthier facilities by making better, more sustainable decisions about the products and services they purchase. The most...
May202015By: HHI AdminMark Izeman May 20, 2015 NRDC School food usually gets a bad rap. But six of the largest school districts in the nation are once again trying to change that reputation. Today, the Urban School Food Alliance - a unique coalition including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and Chicago--is announcing that its member cities will start rolling out the use of compostable round plates in school cafeterias this month. The schools are saying good-bye to roughly 225 million polystyrene foam (commonly known as Styrofoam) trays per year - allowing these cities to dramatically slash...
May202015By: HHI Admin
May 20, 2015
Becker's Hospital Review
Nearly 1,000 U.S. hospitals have reduced their environmental footprint, lowered costs and improved the health of patients and staff by focusing on sustainability efforts, according to the Healthier Hospital Initiative's 2014 Milestone Report.
HHI's most recent report summarizes three years' worth of progress among the 395 hospitals that submitted data to quantify their sustainability efforts across six areas:
· Engaged leadership
· Healthier food
· Leaner energy...
May192015By: HHI AdminGarrett Hering May 19, 2015 The Guardian A nationwide food fight is heating up after the US government accepted final public comments this month on a scientific advisory report recommending Americans reduce their meat consumption for the sake of healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets. The meat industry is fighting back against those who want healthier guidelines, and this battle looks like it could go the distance. Written by a panel of medical, public health and nutrition experts, the 571-page report provides the scientific basis for the government’s dietary guidelines for...
May192015By: HHI AdminAmy Westervelt May 19, 2015 The Guardian “When’s the last time you watched TV by candlelight?” asks Arlene Blum, founder of the Green Science Policy Institute. Blum questions the logic of television sets being coated in chemicals that are either known health hazards or under-researched. The voluntary standard governing the use of flame-retardant chemicals in electronics in the US, known as UL-94, is met by adding the chemicals not only to internal components but also to plastic outer casings, including those of TVs. Based on what’s called a “candle-flame standard,” it requires that items...
May192015By: HHI Admin
May 19, 2015
Science World ReportOur water may be contaminated by hormone-disrupting pollutants. Scientists have discovered that harmful concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA) may have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater. Like Us on Facebook "There is a growing concern that hormone disruptors such as BPA not only threaten wildlife but also humans," said Chris Kassotis, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Recent studies have documented widespread atmospheric releases of BPA from industrial...
Healthier Hospitals Initiative's 2014 Milestone Report Caps Three Years of Sustainability Achievement Among Hospitals NationwideBy: Christina Quint
Program tracked tremendous progress across the health care sector to cut energy and waste, increase local and sustainable food and reduce toxins
(Reston, Va.)—The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) released today its 2014 Milestone Report, announcing the collective impact of nearly 1,000 hospitals across the country that reduced their environmental footprint, lowered costs and improved the health of patients and staff.
Launched in April 2012, HHI was designed as a three-year national campaign to promote a more sustainable business model for health care, while reducing the...
May72015By: HHI AdminBy Amber McGuckin Thursday, May 7, 2015 Kenora Daily Miner and News The Lake of the Woods District Hospital is rolling out a new meal room service program. Starting Monday, patients will be able to order the food they want to eat, when they want it. “I think it will greatly increase our patient satisfaction,” said Jodie Saarinen, manager of nutrition and food services at the hospital. In July 2014, the hospital did a waste audit to look at how much food they throw out. They found out the hospital has about a 40 per cent waste rate. Once food heads out of the kitchen, they can’t...
Apr282015By: Christina Quint
In order to best assist hospitals and facility staff in their effort to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions and overall costs, Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative have released a comprehensive tool – Energy Information and Resources for Hospitals in New Hampshire. This paper, which was made possible by funding from the John Merck Fund, lays out numerous options for rebates, loans, and other financial assistance and endeavors that can help hospitals meet their goals for lean energy.
The paper can be accessed here...