Healthcare confronts climate change: Schools, providers focus on health effects to dampen political oppositionBy: HHI Admin
June 13, 2015
A number of medical, nursing and public health schools around the country are launching programs to train students about the effects of climate change on health and how to reduce its impact.
In addition, some health systems have established ambitious green initiatives to reduce their own carbon footprint and inspire broader climate change initiatives.
Some leaders of the efforts say they are stressing the health-promoting features of the initiatives to minimize political opposition to mentions of climate...
Jun92015By: HHI Admin
June 9, 2015
Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are being lauded for their energy conservation efforts.
The Northeast Ohio health care juggernauts are two of four Ohio health organizations — the others being Highland District Hospital in Hillsborough and ProMedica in Toledo — highlighted in a recent report from Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.
The report was released Tuesday, June 9, during the Ohio Hospital Association’s 100th annual meeting. Click here to read the full report.
Jun92015By: HHI Admin
FOR RELEASE: June 9, 2015; 9:00AM ET
Contacts: Benn Grover, Health Care Without Harm
John Palmer, OHA
Ohio Hospitals’ Energy Conservation Efforts Ensure Patient Health, Cut Costs
New Report Showcases Clean Energy Commitments from Four Leading Health Organizations
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Jun12015By: HHI AdminElizabeth Baier MPR News June 1, 2015 The semitrailer backing up to the Gundersen Health System building is packed with material vital to the hospital's success. But these aren't medical supplies. They're wood chips. After some maneuvering, the driver unlocks the truck's back doors and thousands of 2-inch wood chips from six mills around western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa pour into a giant concrete pit. When full, the pit holds 75 tons of wood. As the sweet smells of freshly cut birch, oak and maple fill the air, Jeff Rich, the hospital's point man on renewable...
May282015By: HHI AdminHealthy Energy Initiative May 28, 2015 World Health Assembly’s Air Pollution Resolution is a Small First Step The world’s governments took an important step forward in recognizing air pollution as a major threat to human health, by issuing a resolution at the World Health Assembly in Geneva this week. The resolution mandates greater engagement by the World Health Organization to address a problem responsible for one out of eight deaths worldwide. The passage of this resolution marks a significant milestone in the global consensus among health leaders that air pollution has serious and...
May222015By: Christina QuintEric Lerner May 4, 2015 Health Care Without Harm Across the United States, a growing number of health systems are taking action to address climate change by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy use, and investing in renewables. Two recent success stories highlight this trend. In November, Gundersen Health became the first energy independent health system in the nation. Last month, Kaiser Permanente announced it will buy enough renewable power to provide half the electricity used by its hospitals, clinics, and offices in California. There is a lot to feel good about when it...
May222015By: HHI AdminLindsey Konkel Environmental Health Perspectives In an unassuming low-rise in the Boston suburbs, Mark Rossi tinkers with a colorful dashboard on his laptop screen while his border collie putters around his feet. Rossi is the founder of BizNGO and Clean Production Action, two nonprofit collaborations of business and environmental groups to promote safer chemicals. He’s also the creator of tools that he hopes will solve a vexing problem—how to get a handle on companies’ overall toxic chemicals usage. Consider the screen of Rossi’s laptop. Chances are the company that manufactured the...
May202015By: HHI AdminMark Izeman May 20, 2015 NRDC School food usually gets a bad rap. But six of the largest school districts in the nation are once again trying to change that reputation. Today, the Urban School Food Alliance - a unique coalition including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and Chicago--is announcing that its member cities will start rolling out the use of compostable round plates in school cafeterias this month. The schools are saying good-bye to roughly 225 million polystyrene foam (commonly known as Styrofoam) trays per year - allowing these cities to dramatically slash...
May202015By: HHI Admin
May 20, 2015
Becker's Hospital Review
Nearly 1,000 U.S. hospitals have reduced their environmental footprint, lowered costs and improved the health of patients and staff by focusing on sustainability efforts, according to the Healthier Hospital Initiative's 2014 Milestone Report.
HHI's most recent report summarizes three years' worth of progress among the 395 hospitals that submitted data to quantify their sustainability efforts across six areas:
· Engaged leadership
· Healthier food
· Leaner energy...