May202015By: HHI Admin
Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth
May 20, 2015
Health care professionals are charged with creating environments that foster quality health care delivery, patient healing and healthy workplaces for staff. For over fifteen years, partner organizations Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm have worked with thousands of leading hospitals, health care organizations and suppliers to help them take steps to create healthier facilities by making better, more sustainable decisions about the products and services they purchase. The most...
May192015By: HHI AdminGarrett Hering May 19, 2015 The Guardian A nationwide food fight is heating up after the US government accepted final public comments this month on a scientific advisory report recommending Americans reduce their meat consumption for the sake of healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets. The meat industry is fighting back against those who want healthier guidelines, and this battle looks like it could go the distance. Written by a panel of medical, public health and nutrition experts, the 571-page report provides the scientific basis for the government’s dietary guidelines for...
May192015By: HHI Admin
May 19, 2015
Science World ReportOur water may be contaminated by hormone-disrupting pollutants. Scientists have discovered that harmful concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA) may have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater. Like Us on Facebook "There is a growing concern that hormone disruptors such as BPA not only threaten wildlife but also humans," said Chris Kassotis, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Recent studies have documented widespread atmospheric releases of BPA from industrial sources...
May192015By: HHI AdminAmy Westervelt May 19, 2015 The Guardian “When’s the last time you watched TV by candlelight?” asks Arlene Blum, founder of the Green Science Policy Institute. Blum questions the logic of television sets being coated in chemicals that are either known health hazards or under-researched. The voluntary standard governing the use of flame-retardant chemicals in electronics in the US, known as UL-94, is met by adding the chemicals not only to internal components but also to plastic outer casings, including those of TVs. Based on what’s called a “candle-flame standard,” it requires that items...
Healthier Hospitals Initiative's 2014 Milestone Report Caps Three Years of Sustainability Achievement Among Hospitals NationwideBy: Christina Quint
Program tracked tremendous progress across the health care sector to cut energy and waste, increase local and sustainable food and reduce toxins
(Reston, Va.)—The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) released today its 2014 Milestone Report, announcing the collective impact of nearly 1,000 hospitals across the country that reduced their environmental footprint, lowered costs and improved the health of patients and staff.
Launched in April 2012, HHI was designed as a three-year national campaign to promote a more sustainable business model for health care, while reducing the...
May72015By: HHI AdminBy Amber McGuckin Thursday, May 7, 2015 Kenora Daily Miner and News The Lake of the Woods District Hospital is rolling out a new meal room service program. Starting Monday, patients will be able to order the food they want to eat, when they want it. “I think it will greatly increase our patient satisfaction,” said Jodie Saarinen, manager of nutrition and food services at the hospital. In July 2014, the hospital did a waste audit to look at how much food they throw out. They found out the hospital has about a 40 per cent waste rate. Once food heads out of the kitchen, they can’t reuse...
Apr282015By: Christina Quint
In order to best assist hospitals and facility staff in their effort to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions and overall costs, Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative have released a comprehensive tool – Energy Information and Resources for Hospitals in New Hampshire. This paper, which was made possible by funding from the John Merck Fund, lays out numerous options for rebates, loans, and other financial assistance and endeavors that can help hospitals meet their goals for lean energy.
The paper can be accessed here...
Apr242015By: HHI Admin
April 24, 2015
During the typical, 9-5 workday, few office workers get the chance to enjoy nature, green plants, savory herbs and warm soil.
Not so, for Beaumont retail food service manager, Eileen Miskiewicz of St. Clair Shores who spends many a lunch hour sowing, weeding and watering the raised vegetable garden beds in front of Beaumont, Royal Oak's South Tower entrance.
Miskiewicz and other employees who volunteer in the garden were among the health system's 700 Green Team officers welcoming patients, their families, employees and the general...
Apr242015By: HHI AdminJoel Scheraga April 24, 2015 The Earth’s climate is rapidly changing. Temperatures are rising and precipitation patterns are changing. We’re seeing more storms, floods, and droughts, and the frequency of intense weather events is increasing. Sea levels are rising more rapidly and storm surges are becoming more severe. These changes are concerning because they can affect our health, rivers, beaches, and access to food, water, and energy. All of these risks can also lead to significant economic damages if communities are not adequately prepared. For instance, hurricane Sandy caused...
Apr202015By: HHI AdminLena Weiner Health Leaders Media April 20, 2015 Hospitals and health systems can mitigate the effects of their copious energy consumption and waste generation by engaging with staff. Here's how one Michigan health system's sustainability efforts are boosted by its HR department. The Hippocratic Oath is "first do no harm," but hospitals are among the greatest generators of waste and consumers of energy. Ironically, it's no secret that inefficient use of resources have a negative impact on everyone's health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average hospital...