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  • Dec
    3
    2013

    Sustainability's Healing Touch: Incremental Steps For Healthcare

    By: HHI Admin

    By Naomi Millán, Senior Editor 

    Published December 2013

    Building Operating Management

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  • Nov
    27
    2013

    Perkins+Will Leads Sustainable Health Care Design Movement

    By: HHI Admin

    By Audrey Arthur

    Published November 27, 2013

    Healthcare Construction and Operations News

    NEW YORK — Perkins+Will making strides to create green, healthy health care facilities to promote the healing of patients and pave a new path for sustainable hospital design. The global architecture and design firm has completed 21 LEED health care projects, nine of which are hospitals.

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  • Nov
    27
    2013

    Kaiser Permanente uses advanced sourcing strategies to eliminate DEHP, cut costs

    By: HHI Admin

    Kaiser Permanente is using advanced strategic sourcing practices to convert to DEHP-free and PVC-free products in line with a PVC-free policy made official in January, 2012. The strategy is also yielding signfiicant cost savings, even though the greener alternates are often more expensive.

    In some cases the organization is converting small, disparate contracts to one national contract with a single vendor to achieve savings even though the specific alternative items may be more expensive. In some cases, that involves getting groups of physicians to agree to common national standards...

  • Nov
    25
    2013

    Balanced Menus Meat Initiatives Gaining Popularity in California

    By: Sapna Thottathil

    Hospitals continue to demonstrate market leadership on sustainable meat, by actively reducing the amount of meat on their facility menus and procuring meat that has been produced without the routine use of antibiotics. Seventy-eight percent of California hospitals recently surveyed by San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF PSR) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) have meat reduction and sustainable meat procurement programs in place and are looking to expand their purchases of meat produced without the routine use of antibiotics.1  One prominent example has been...

  • Nov
    25
    2013

    Emissions of Methane in U.S. Exceed Estimates, Study Finds

    By: HHI Admin
    By Michael Wines Published: November 25, 2013 New York Times Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane due to human activity were roughly 1.5 times greater in the United States in the middle of the last decade than prevailing estimates, according to a new analysis by 15 climate scientists published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    The analysis also said that methane discharges in Texas and Oklahoma, where oil and gas production was concentrated at the time, were 2.7 times greater than conventional estimates. Emissions from oil and gas activity alone could be...

  • Nov
    20
    2013

    The Science of Healing Places with Esther Sternberg

    video
    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    From On Being

    The light and smells in places like hospitals can often depress us. And, our favorite room at home keeps us sane. But why? Immunologist Esther Sternberg explains the scientific research revealing how physical spaces create stress and make us sick — and how good design can trigger our "brain’s internal pharmacies" and help heal us.

  • Nov
    14
    2013

    Mayo Clinic in Arizona Joins Major Health Systems in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

    For Immediate Release: November 14, 2013

    Contact:         Sherry MacDonald

                            (703) 870-7494

                            smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org

    Mayo Clinic in Arizona Joins Major Health Systems in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    Commits to help health sector reduce environmental footprint and improve health outcomes.

    RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is pleased to announce that Mayo Clinic in Arizona has enrolled in HHI, a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to speed the health...

  • Nov
    6
    2013

    Hospitals Focus on Fresh, Healthy Food Grown With Fewer Antibiotics and Pesticides

    By: HHI Admin

    For Immediate Release

    November 6, 2013

    Press Contact: Kendra Klein

    kleinkec@yahoo.com, 415-350-5957

    HCWH and PSR Release Report Finding One-Quarter of CA Hospitals Are Committed to Sustainable Food as Center of Healing Mission    

    (BERKELEY, CA)– A report released Wednesday by San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF PSR) and Health Care Without Harm shows that 25 percent of across California are now committed to putting sustainable food at the center of their healing mission. The 2013 California Healthy Food in Health Care report...

  • Nov
    4
    2013

    Upcoming Training Opportunities with ENERGY STAR (R)

    By: HHI Admin

    Before heading out on vacation for turkey, pumpkin pie, and all your other Thanksgiving favorites, be sure to get yourself an extra helping of energy efficiency trainings! Join EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings to learn about a wide range of topics, including energy competitions, benchmarking water use, leveraging the ENERGY STAR brand in communications, and using the new Portfolio Manager tool.

    To register for upcoming trainings, click the links below or visit esbuildings.webex.com. If you won’t be able to attend, you can still view recorded trainings at this site...

  • Nov
    4
    2013

    Obama Issues New Executive Order on Climate Change

    By: HHI Admin

    By RP Siegel

    November 4, 2013

    TriplePundit.com

    The timing is significant. Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, President Obama issued an Executive Order designed to encourage Americans to incorporate climate change awareness into their activities and plans.

    In that order, he writes...

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