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  • Feb
    12
    2015

    Gundersen Health System wins Energy-Independence Enterprise of the Year Award

    By: HHI Admin
    Gundersen Envision February 12, 2015   RENEW Wisconsin presented Gundersen Health System with the Energy-Independence Enterprise of the Year Award at its recent RENEW Energy Policy Summit held in Madison, WI.   The award is given for outstanding leadership and effective implementation of a corporate campaign to greatly reduce fossil fuel use by a large healthcare network spanning three states and 19 counties.   Six years in the making, Gundersen's significant investments in conservation, co-generation and local clean power in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa now offset 100% of the energy...
  • Feb
    11
    2015

    We could end up with 'as much plastic in our oceans as fish'

    By: HHI Admin
    The Guardian   A failure to address the mountains of waste in the developing world will result in as much plastic in our oceans as fish, the head of Ocean Conservancy has warned.   Andreas Merkl, CEO of the Washington-based environmental NGO, said the combination in the developing world of a burgeoning middle class and low recycling rates will lead to an exponential rise in the amount of plastic washed out to sea.   If governments and the private sector fail to solve this problem, “we end up with an ocean that has an amount of plastic that’s in the same order of magnitude as the amount of...
  • Feb
    11
    2015

    Hospital Water Prices Expected to Continue Ascent

    By: HHI Admin
    Paul Barr H&HN February 11, 2015   Once a little-noticed part of a hospital’s overhead, water costs are getting more attention in parts of the country.   Hospital managers increasingly are looking at ways to minimize the rising cost of water and sewage services. Once a little-noticed part of a hospital’s overhead, water costs are getting more attention in some parts of the country. “We are seeing a trend where water utilities [prices] are increasing,” says John Ebers, associate director for facility engagement and manager of energy programs for Practice GreenHealth, a sustainability-...
  • Feb
    5
    2015

    Recycling And Waste-Reduction: US Food And Beverage Companies Come Up 'Significantly Short'

    By: HHI Admin
    Maria Gallucci International Business Times January 29, 2015   Sit down at a Starbucks coffee shop, and chances are your tall nonfat latte will come in a disposable paper cup, not a reusable mug. Order a salad at McDonald’s, and your leafy greens will likely arrive in a nonrecyclable black plastic container. Despite years of well-touted sustainability efforts, U.S. fast-food chains continue to send millions of pounds of packaging straight to the landfill -- not recycling plants, a new report by major environmental groups found.   Beverage companies and grocery stores are similarly failing to...
  • Feb
    3
    2015

    Software saves medical center $1.3 million in energy costs

    By: HHI Admin
    February 3, 2015 Engineered Systems   According to the EPA, “Health care organizations spend over $6.5 billion on energy each year to meet patient needs. Every dollar that a nonprofit health care organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating new revenues of $20 for hospitals or $10 for medical offices.”   A 500-bed academic medical center providing pediatrics, primary, and advanced medical care took this EPA statement as a challenge. The medical center is a large provider of trauma care and is affiliated with a local university. It also has almost 1 million outpatient visits per...
  • Feb
    1
    2015

    Hospital chef sets out to build a business from scratch

    By: HHI Admin
    Robert Gebelhoff Journal Sentinel   When Justin Johnson was hired in 2012 to help revamp the Watertown hospital cafeteria to emphasize scratch food and sustainable operations, he was skeptical whether the concept would work.   Now, Johnson is starting his own company, which aims to do the same thing: use less processed food and increase revenue.   "I discovered it was a lot easier than I thought," he said. "A lot of times, the roadblocks were imagined or easy to overcome. There's a lot you can do for a little."   Johnson's work can include changing menus and recipes, overhauling kitchen...
  • Jan
    26
    2015

    Simple Steps for Going Greener

    By: HHI Admin
    David Bernard Outpatient Surgery January 2015   When Memorial Hospital in York, Pa., set out to reduce its environmental impact a few years ago, members of its "Green Team" toured the local waste management company handling their output to see what really happens to the trash when it leaves the hospital. "This awareness was key to getting everyone on board with going green," says Pam Neiderer, RN, BSN, CNOR, director of surgical services. You don't have to go as far as Memorial Hospital's staffers did to go green. Here are some readers' suggestions for simple ways any facility can reduce...
  • Jan
    26
    2015

    Practice Greenhealth Welcomes New Members

    By: HHI Admin

    January 26, 2015 (Reston, Virginia) – Practice Greenhealth is pleased to welcome its newest members, who join a community of more than 1,300 leading health care organizations and suppliers to the sector who act as change agents and healing forces in their communities on behalf of patients, staff, and the environment at large.

    Practice Greenhealth is a nonprofit membership organization, offering its members a full range of tools, resources, forums, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to engage the health care sector in creating safe and healthy environments.  Founded...

  • Jan
    23
    2015

    USGBC awards Katz Women's Hospital with LEED Platinum; Project is third certified in-patient hospital in the world

    By: HHI Admin
    NYREJ January 2015   The Katz Women's Hospital Post Partum Unit at North Shore University Hospital, has recently been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's highest honor, LEED Platinum certification. This new facility, which consists of the fourth floor of Katz Women's Hospital, achieved the USGBC-LI's top rating for its advanced and innovative application of environmentally sound and cost-effective building practices. This project is the third in-patient hospital in the world certified LEED Platinum and the first in-patient hospital in the world certified LEED Platinum under the ID+C...
  • Jan
    22
    2015

    Three Emerging Trends Toward Healthier Healthcare Interiors

    By: HHI Admin

    Jeffrey Brown

    January 22, 2015

    Facility Care

    Healthcare professionals are charged with creating environments that foster patient healing and healthy workplaces for staff. For more than 15 years, partner organizations Practice Greenhealth and Healthcare Without Harm have worked with thousands of hospitals and healthcare organizations and suppliers to take steps to create healthier facilities from the inside out. The most innovative organizations are using an intentional approach to avoid products, services and materials that can have negative impacts on patients, staff...

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