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  • Jan
    8
    2013

    The Material Challenge of Healthier Interiors

    By: Janet Brown

    By Janet Brown
    Published January 8, 2013
    Healthcare Design Magazine

    When it comes to sustainable design and green building, we’re often quick to think of energy performance, water conservation, and healing gardens.

    But a rising area of concern in healthcare is safer materials selection and the avoidance of chemicals of concern in building materials, furniture, fabrics, and finishes—or, rather, the pursuit of “material health.”

    This process can be challenging. Some look to third-party certifications for independent reviews, but this, too, can be tricky, as...

  • Jan
    3
    2013

    The Cost of Going (or Not Going) Green

    By: HHI Admin

    By Jennifer Kovacs Silvis
    Published January 3, 2013
    Healthcare Design Magazine

    What if it was possible to reduce hospital spending nationwide by $5 billion in just five years, and to triple that in 10? A study from nonprofit organization The Commonwealth Fund is saying it isn’t just possible, but it’s already being done—at least on a smaller scale.

    So what’s the secret? Sustainability.

    We all know healthcare facilities are energy guzzlers and account for a large percentage of greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions. And then there’s the massive...

  • Dec
    19
    2012

    HHI Call for Submissions

    By: Janet Brown

    HHI is gearing up for 2013 and developing our webinar calendar!  We want you to showcase your progress with one of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative Challenges in the form of a webinar. SUBMIT your proposal for a webinar during which you will share your successes with the HHI community – the deadline is February 8, 2013!

    We seek speakers in the following categories:

    Engaged leadership RMW Reduction Recycling Data Management Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Marketing and Communications Quality and Sustainability Clinical Engagement Wellness and Sustainability The...
  • Dec
    13
    2012

    France first EU country to ban the use of DEHP in paediatrics, neonatology and maternity wards in hospitals

    By: HHI Admin

    By Anja Leetz
    Published Decmber 13, 2012
    Health Care Without Harm Europe

    Brussels — Today France passed a law that for the first time bans the use of tubes containing di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in paediatrics, neonatology and maternity wards in hospitals.

    The ban will come into effect on 1st July 2015, but the law also foresees the possibility, in the near future, to prohibit the use of three phthalates: di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) in all medical devices if alternative materials are...

  • Dec
    10
    2012

    New Analysis of 35,000 Buildings in Portfolio Manager Shows Average Savings of 2.4% Per Year

    By: HHI Admin

    In November, ENERGY STAR announced the launch of the new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager DataTrends series. Documents in the series can be found at www.energystar.gov/DataTrends.

    Announcement from ENERGY STAR:

    "We are very pleased to tell you about the new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager DataTrends series, which examines energy and water benchmarking trends for the thousands of buildings in Portfolio Manager. The diverse sample of buildings offers insights into the key drivers of energy use and the savings potential of benchmarking....

  • Dec
    8
    2012

    New Hampshire Hospital Association Signs on as Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

    For Immediate Release: December 18, 2012

    Contact:         Sherry MacDonald

                            (703) 870-7494

                            smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org

    New Hampshire Hospital Association Signs on as Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    Formalizes leadership role in environmental health and sustainability.

    RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that the New Hampshire Hospital Association has become a Supporting Organization of the Healthier...

  • Dec
    5
    2012

    The incentives continue to grow for hospitals to reduce their impact on the environment

    By: HHI Admin

    By Jeff Ferenc
    Published December 2012
    Health Facilities Management

    If it's the mission of hospitals everywhere to improve the health and well-being of patients, staff and the communities they serve, health care leaders stressed that sustainability is part of their mission at the "Greening America's Hospitals" conference at the White House earlier this year.

    If you're not yet engaged in sustainability, you're "off the ranch" as one hospital executive at the conference bluntly put it. Considering the multitude of benefits that sustainability offers, it would be...

  • Dec
    3
    2012

    New “Guide to Safer Chemicals” Will Help Businesses Move Away from Chemicals of High Concern in Products & Supply Chains

    By: HHI Admin

    By Shayna Samuels
    Published December 3, 2012
    BizNGO

    The Guide to Safer Chemicals was released today by a broad coalition of groups working to replace chemicals of high concern with safer alternatives. This first-of-its-kind tool sets benchmarks for how manufacturers, retailers and purchasers can track their progress to using chemicals in products that are safer for human health and the environment.

    “This practical, easy-to-use guide is intended to revolutionize the way companies are able to move away from hazardous chemicals and replace them with safer...

  • Nov
    29
    2012

    Cancer causing chemicals still found in couches

    By: Kevin Conway

    A new study on toxic chemicals in sofas and couches has been published in Environmental Science and Technology. The study, “Novel and High Volume Use Flame Retardants in US Couches Reflective of the 2005 PentaBDE Phase Out,” was designed to determine what flame retardants are being used in sofas and couches after PentaBDE was phased out in 2005 following the issuance of California’s furniture flammability standard Technical Bulletin 117 (TB 117).

    Some highlights of the study:

    85% of U.S. couches tested contained toxic or untested flame retardant chemicals. 41% of the couches...
  • Nov
    19
    2012

    Sustainability delivers big savings for hospitals

    By: HHI Admin

    Published November 2012
    Health Facilities Management

    Hospitals committed to sustainability increased their savings substantially in 2011 compared to the previous year, largely by expanding tried-and-true conservation actions that cut waste and use of resources.

    The 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report recently released by Practice Greenhealth, Reston, Va., shows that the 149 hospitals that qualified as the organization's 2012 Environmental Excellence Award winners saved a combined $55 million in 2011 by cutting waste in several operational areas.

    That's a 22...

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