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  • May
    8
    2013

    EPA Announces National Building Competition - Register by May 31, 2013

    By: HHI Admin

    The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its National Building Competition - Battle of the Buildings. Now in its fourth season, the Battle of the Buildings is a Biggest Loser-style competition to see who can reduce their energy use the most. Last year’s waste-trimming competitors saved an average of $25,000 and reduced energy consumption by 8 percent. The winning building reduced its energy use by 52 percent! Learn more about the competition and registration at www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings. 

  • May
    7
    2013

    Improving Community Health Through Sustainable Healthcare

    By: HHI Admin

    By Roy Gunsolas
    Published on May 7, 2013
    Healthcare Design

    Improving the health of the community has long been the priority of all healthcare systems in the United States. The goal of sustainable design is, in essence, the same. When the two intersect, patients, staff, and the community benefit.   How are three healthcare systems making sustainability work? Each told their own story at HKS Green Week, held April 15-19, including: Seema Wadhwa, director of sustainability, Inova Health Tony Kelly, project director, Shore Health Al Neuner, vice president of facilities...
  • May
    3
    2013

    Hospitals Find ROI in Recycling Efforts

    By: HHI Admin

    By Chelsea Rice
    Published May 3, 2013
    HealthLeaders Media

    In their relentless quest to contain costs, hospitals and health systems are examining all areas of their operations for signs of waste, even materials once considered trash.   They may be able to save billions of dollars.   Last year, an initiative of 350 hospitals recycled more than 50 million pounds of materials, diverted 61.5 million pounds of construction and demolition waste from landfills, and saved almost $32 million from single-use medical device reprocessing. These figures appear in the first Milestone Report...
  • Apr
    27
    2013

    Changes on the menu

    By: HHI Admin

    By Jaimy Lee
    Published April 27, 2013
    Modern Healthcare

    Restaurants across the U.S. might serve Wild Alaskan salmon with a side of wheat berries, but at Fletcher Allen Health Care, an academic medical center in Burlington, Vt., the meal is locally sourced and costs only $5.25.

    The 419-bed hospital is considered a leader in providing organic, local and sustainable food options to its patients, employees and the wider community it serves. It buys 80% of its beef from farms in Vermont that do not use therapeutic antibiotics. The majority of the eggs it purchases are...
  • Apr
    24
    2013

    FIRST-EVER Healthier Hospitals Initiative's 2012 Milestone Report

    By: HHI Admin

    For Release: April 25, 2013, 9:00 a.m. EDT

    Contact: Sheri Singer, sheri.singer@verizon.net, 703-346-7111, @sherisinger                Robin Buckley, robin@buckleykaldenbach.com, 703-201-3524   In the first-ever Healthier Hospitals Initiative 2012 Milestone Report released today, 370 HHI-member hospitals indicate that they have reduced their environmental footprint, lowered costs and improved patient health by incorporating sustainability initiatives into their business models. This is the first time hospitals have quantified sustainability efforts by collecting and reporting data to...
  • Apr
    23
    2013

    Hospital Food That Heals

    By: HHI Admin

    By David Ollier Weber
    Published April 23, 2013
    Hospitals & Health Networks

    How would you like it if your hospital cafeteria got reviews like these on the social networking site Yelp?   "Amazing quality food … . They have international cuisine, pizza, burritos, tacos, a full-service, made-to-order grill, a top-notch salad bar that is always full and fresh, entrée station, a panini deli, sushi … etc. Bon appétit."   "Excellent salad bar. Get the little container and stuff it to the hilt … . I promise it will be a lot more lettucez [sic] than you originally intended. Turkey...
  • Apr
    22
    2013

    Business and Healthcare Partner on JustOne Campaign to Improve Public Health

    By: Seema Wadhwa

    By Seema Wadhwa
    Published April 22, 2013
    Inova

     

    Inova, Siemens Corporation and Washington Gas have teamed to launch the JustOne campaign (www.inova.org/JustOne), a month-long initiative (April 22- May 21) aimed at protecting public health by improving environmental health.   Businesses and individuals across the globe are facing serious environmental issues, and the effects of environmental impacts on human health are becoming increasingly apparent. Health issues as diverse as asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, reproductive and endocrine...
  • Apr
    10
    2013

    Q&A: Jean Hansen On Healthier Interiors

    By: HHI Admin

    By Anne DiNardo
    Published April 10, 2013
    Healthcare Design

    Jean Hansen is on a mission to green healthcare interiors. “Years ago, I started realizing that the products we specify have chemicals of concern in them that could affect our health,” she says. “I began asking manufacturers what goes into their products and then looking for safer products.”   As a sustainable interiors manager at HDR Architecture, she’s been involved with the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a  three-year initiative to measure the environmental and financial impact of a series of...
  • Apr
    8
    2013

    California Hospital Association Becomes Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: Sherry MacDonald

     

    For Immediate Release: April 8, 2013   Contact: Sherry MacDonald                (703) 870-7494                smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org   RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that the California Hospital Association has signed on as a Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into daily operations for improved health of patients, staff and community, reduced environmental impact by the sector, and considerable...
  • Apr
    7
    2013

    What does Climate Change Have to Do With Health Care?

    By: HHI Admin

    By Gary Cohen
    Published April 7, 2013
    Forbes

    This article was published as part of a special series for World Health Day and in advance of the 2013 Skoll World Forum. Watch the live stream April 10-12 by clicking here.

    In the last six months, we have witnessed Superstorm Sandy flooding New York City, New Jersey and surrounding areas, a massive Midwest drought impacting 40% of the US corn crop, and unprecedented air pollution from burning fossil fuels that forced Chinese authorities to tell Beijing residents to stay in their homes.  When we think about climate...

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