Aug42015By: HHI AdminAugust 4, 2015 Health Care Without Harm The Health Care Climate Council, representing hospitals across the United States that are committed to addressing the health impacts of climate change, supports the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA plan sets the first-ever federal limits on dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants, cuts the single largest source of the carbon pollution, and safeguards public health from the harmful effects of carbon pollution. Continue reading
Aug32015By: HHI Admin
August 3, 2015
NewsweekCoal-burning power plants are the single biggest source of carbon pollution in the United States and make up nearly a third of the nation’s total carbon emissions. On Monday, the Obama administration released its final draft of a package of rules meant to rein them in. The new version of the rules, called “the Clean Power Plan,” mandates deeper carbon emissions cuts than the previous version, released last year, did, but it gives power plants more time to comply. Prior to this rule package, which will be enacted under the Clean Air...
Aug12015By: HHI Admin
Dr. Yan Yu
August 1, 2015
Calgary HeraldAs a resident family physician, I often encounter patients whom I cannot help. Sometimes, the most I can do is give them a sandwich from the hospital kitchen, and marvel at how much happiness something as simple as food can bring. Little did I know that many of my patients are actually suffering from hunger, on top of other medical conditions. In fact, almost a million people rely on food banks in Canada. Such numbers are troubling, especially since Canada needlessly wastes over seven billion kilograms of food every year — around...
Jul312015By: HHI Admin
July 31, 2015
Healthcare Design MagazineThis spring the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services introduced the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which is focused on expanding access to science-based information on climate change and the built environment. The toolkit includes a guide document and suite of online tools and resources that are designed to help healthcare facility operators develop sustainable and climate-resilient buildings. Robin Guenther, a principal at Perkins+Will...
Jul302015By: HHI Admin
July 30, 2015
BusinessWirePreserving natural resources, especially water, is a central aspect of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford expansion and new main building. While maintaining a safe environment for children and their families requires an abundance of clean water, the hospital is setting an industry-leading example in how it will maintain its complex medical systems and equipment, as well as essential services like heating and cooling, laundry, sterilization, sanitation, and food service. This approach is more than a nicety: Hospitals today are the third...
Jul302015By: HHI AdminJuly 30, 2015 ACHR News St. Elizabeth Hospital is putting the final touches on its third green roof. Contractors are wrapping up the installation of a 6,110-square-foot LiveRoof® system atop the new Fremont Tower. The first 4,125-square-foot green roof was installed on the Heart, Vascular and Lung Center building in 2009. This building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in recognition of its sustainable design and operation. The hospital also installed a 3,000-square-foot green roof on its Cancer Center in 2011. St. Elizabeth Hospital is part...
Jul192015By: HHI Admin
Climate News Network
July 19, 2015Buildings that are designed to cut water and energy use and make as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible make life much better for their occupants too. Studies into 69,000 buildings − homes, offices and factories − in 150 countries show that there are fewer illnesses among residents and workers, who report they are more comfortable and happier. Employers also find they are more productive. Companies that opt for “green” buildings gain because workers stay longer in their jobs and have fewer absences,...
Jul12015By: Christina Quint
June 15, 2015
Becker's Hospital Review
Royal Oak, Mich.-based Beaumont Health System saved more than $1.4 million last year through its numerous green initiatives, according to a Crain's Detroit Business report.
The system saved at least $1.4 million last year by cutting its electricity usage by 10 percent. The system cut it usage by using more efficient LED lights and converting to variable frequency air conditioning units, according to the report.
Beaumont has also made changes to help cut back on its water usage, such as updating its...
Jun162015By: HHI Admin
June 16, 2015
Catholic San Francisco
Mercy Sister Susan Vickers was honored May 14 with the Environmental Health Hero Award by Health Care Without Harm. The award was presented at a CleanMed Conference in Portland, Oregon. Sister Susan is vice president for corporate responsibility with Dignity Health.
Honored for “her years of advocating sustainable and environmentally sound practices for hospitals” she has led Dignity forward “in conservation of resources, reduction of waste and reuse and recycling programs,” the Mercy Sisters said.
Sister Susan saw that...
Jun162015By: HHI AdminJay Greene Crain's Detroit Business June 14, 2015 St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor has taken advantage of low fuel oil and gas prices the past year and saved more than 20 percent through advanced bulk purchases. Beaumont Health System has cut electricity usage by at least 10 percent, saving at least $1.4 million last year, by purchasing more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights and converting to variable frequency air conditioning units. Oakwood Healthcare — before it became part of the new eight-hospital Beaumont Health — launched a recycling program last year and has...