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  • Aug
    24
    2015

    Award-winning CHP System Serves Texas Medical Cente

    By: HHI Admin

    Kimberly Schwartz

    August 24, 2015

    ACHR News

    They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that phrase certainly applies to the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston. All of the TMC institutions share a critical need for reliable cooling, and many of them are supported by the Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO).

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  • Aug
    15
    2015

    Combined Heat and Power: Taking Energy Efficiency to the Next Level

    By: HHI Admin

    Gary McNeil

    August 10, 2015

    Energy Manager Today

    Minimizing energy costs, ensuring a reliable energy supply and reducing the impact of energy use on the environment are all important considerations for companies and organizations today. For over a century, organizations across the globe have used combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, as a strategy to provide reliable electricity, steam, hot water and cooling with lower cost and emissions than grid-supplied electricity and an on-site boiler.   CHP has always been a good fit for large applications with...
  • Aug
    14
    2015

    Five things you should know about Mark Rossi

    By: HHI Admin

    Jessica Geller

    August 14, 2015

    Boston Globe

    Mark Rossi’s life mission is to advance safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. In 2006, Rossi founded BizNGO, a collaboration of more than 500 business, environmental, and government leaders. After codirecting the Clean Production Action for 10 years, he cofounded the Chemical Footprint Project in 2014. The project, administered by CPA, uses a benchmark system to raise awareness about harmful chemicals. Rossi, who earned his PhD in environmental policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently spoke about his...

  • Aug
    12
    2015

    Earth Overshoot Day is August 13

    By: HHI Admin

     

    August 6, 2015 

    GLOBE NEWSWIRE

    Humans have already spent Earth's ecological budget for the year.

    Earth Overshoot Day marks the approximate date when humans have used more of Earth's renewable resources than the planet can regenerate in a year. This year, Earth Overshoot Day lands on August 13. Earth Overshoot Day gets earlier each year, as we continue to demand more and more of our small planet. Fifteen years ago, in 2000, Earth Overshoot Day fell in October. 

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  • Aug
    12
    2015

    OR Initiative Saves Hospital System $692K

    By: HHI Admin

    Environmental Leader

    August 12, 2015

    Spectrum Health, a Michigan-based nonprofit healthcare system, saved $692,000 through Green the OR, a Practice Greenhealth initiative that focuses on reducing cost, waste and exposure to hazardous chemicals in the operating room.   Around 30 percent of the hospital’s waste comes from its operating room, so reuse and recycling in the OR is a big part of its sustainability program. By diverting 12,145 pounds of single-use devices from the waste stream, the healthcare organization saved $669,000. Sharps containers are reused up to 500 times,...
  • Aug
    10
    2015

    Small Steps Lead to Big Change at Huggins Hospital

    By: HHI Admin
    Kurt Roessler August 10, 2015 Health Care Without Harm   I worked in the restaurant world for many years prior to coming to the health care side of the business, operating mainly small bistros that sourced mostly local and sustainable foods. When the opportunity arose to start to do the same at the hospital, it was like a dream come true.    It was at my first New Hampshire Health Care Without Harm meeting that I met Carol and Theresa from Miles Smith Farm. Their enthusiasm about their farm and the animals was refreshing as was their commitment to producing high-quality antibiotic free meats...
  • Aug
    10
    2015

    Hospitals go green to save some green

    By: HHI Admin

    Lindsay Kalter

    August 10, 2015

    Boston Herald

    Local hospitals are turning to environmentally friendly measures like solar power and more efficient lighting to offset energy costs — which for health care facilities can be massive, energy authorities say.   Massachusetts General Hospital will install 1,700 solar panels in early September around its Charlestown facility that will generate 570,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. That’s enough to power 50 homes for a year, according to Chris Longchamps, senior mechanical engineer at Mass. General.   “The real driving point...
  • Aug
    6
    2015

    EPA's estimates for health benefits from Clean Power Plan are on target

    By: HHI Admin

    Shannon Muchmore

    August 4, 2015

    Modern Healthcare

    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...

  • Aug
    6
    2015

    Hospitals look for ways to cut water use during California drought

    By: HHI Admin

    Paul Sisson

    August 6, 2015

    Los Angeles Times

    Hospitals 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...
  • Aug
    5
    2015

    Medical Matters: Health professionals have important role to play in climate debate

    By: HHI Admin

    Pat Harrold

    August 5, 2015

    The Irish Times

    Should 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...

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