Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Healthier Hospitals Initiative Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector.
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The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector. Eleven of the largest, most influential U.S. health systems, comprising over 475 hospitals with more than $20 billion in purchasing power, worked with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the Center for Health Design and Practice Greenhealth to create HHI as a guide for hospitals to improve sustainability in six key areas: engaged leadership, healthier food, leaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals, and smarter purchasing. Sponsoring health systems include Advocate Health Care, Bon Secours Health System. Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), Hospital Corporation of America, Inova, Kaiser Permanente, MedStar Health, Partners HealthCare, Tenet Health Systems and Vanguard Health Systems. More information is available at www.healthierhospitals.org. Find us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HHIorg

11/20/2015

HCWH will be co-hosting a Twitter chat on TODAY, Nov 20th from 1-2pm ET using the hashtag #saveABX. It is focused on antibiotic use in agriculture and the role of clinicians in this space. We hope you can join us! #AbxResistance

11/18/2015

HCWH will be co-hosting a Twitter chat on Friday, Nov 20th from 1-2pm ET using the hashtag #saveABX. It is focused on antibiotic use in agriculture and the role of clinicians in this space. We hope you can join us! #AbxResistance

Over the next three years, new LEED-certified construction will contribute more than $303 billion to the United States’ ...
11/10/2015
Green building boom is pumping billions into U.S. economy - and...

Over the next three years, new LEED-certified construction will contribute more than $303 billion to the United States’ economy, a recent study concluded. This year alone, the industry will generate 2.3 million jobs.

By 2018, this new construction is expected to save more than $1 billion in energy usage and more than $100 million in water use.

Between newly built green buildings and retrofits of old properties, we're looking at a major shift in commercial real estate.

"There is a growing focus in the packaging industry on producing environmentally sustainable products. Increasingly cons...
11/02/2015
Can pharmaceutical packaging be safety-compliant and sustainable? |...

"There is a growing focus in the packaging industry on producing environmentally sustainable products. Increasingly consumers, and by extension retailers, are demanding the items they purchase have as little impact on the environment as possible." http://www.healthcarepackaging.com/sustainability/strategy/can-pharmaceutical-packaging-be-safety-compliant-and-sustainable

Pharma companies will benefit from the time spent transitioning to a more sustainable model, especially as they see growing consumer satisfaction,...

.@baystate_health celebrates #FoodDay by serving locally-sourced foods. Thanks for your leadership! #HealthierFoods
11/02/2015

[email protected]_health celebrates #FoodDay by serving locally-sourced foods. Thanks for your leadership! #HealthierFoods

.@baystate_health celebrates #FoodDay by serving locally-sourced foods. Thanks for your leadership! #HealthierFoods
11/02/2015

[email protected]_health celebrates #FoodDay by serving locally-sourced foods. Thanks for your leadership! #HealthierFoods

Weathering the storm: How health care facilities are adopting resilience http://ow.ly/TAGuI
10/22/2015
Weathering The Storm

Weathering the storm: How health care facilities are adopting resilience http://ow.ly/TAGuI

We’ve all had experiences where having an internal storeroom of resilience has come in handy.

Today at 1pm EST, catch HCWH President and co-founder Gary Cohen on the Kojo Nnamdi show talking about his journey to gr...
10/07/2015

Today at 1pm EST, catch HCWH President and co-founder Gary Cohen on the Kojo Nnamdi show talking about his journey to greening healthcare globally http://ow.ly/T7ens

Global Reach, Enduring Change: HCWH Releases Its 2014 Impact Report. We made significant strides in four key focus areas...
09/18/2015
Global Reach, Enduring Change: HCWH Releases Its 2014 Impact Report |...

Global Reach, Enduring Change: HCWH Releases Its 2014 Impact Report. We made significant strides in four key focus areas in 2014: Healthy Hospitals, Healthy Climate, Safer Chemicals, and Healthy and Sustainable Food. Read our impact report to learn more http://ow.ly/SfVur

We cannot have healthy people on a sick planet. Relying on fossil fuels, toxic chemicals, and industrial agriculture, our consumption-driven...

Keep Food Day going! Help us multiply the number of communities organizing around food policy, food access, food educati...
09/18/2015

Keep Food Day going! Help us multiply the number of communities organizing around food policy, food access, food education, worker justice. #FundFoodDay bit.ly/FoodDayBR

What is healthcare for? In his recent TedX talk in Madrid, HCWH president Gary Cohen answers just that. Start video at 5...
09/16/2015

What is healthcare for? In his recent TedX talk in Madrid, HCWH president Gary Cohen answers just that. Start video at 56:22 http://ow.ly/SfQEu

“Sustainability is deeply individual. We have to encourage people to dig deep and find how sustainability matters to the...
09/15/2015

“Sustainability is deeply individual. We have to encourage people to dig deep and find how sustainability matters to them. That’s what enables lasting change and success.” — Phoebe Breed, Surgical & Digestive Care Unit Nurse, Gundersen Health http://ow.ly/SfN8t

Due to the momentum and success of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, Healthier Hospitals (HH) has become a permanent p...
09/09/2015

Due to the momentum and success of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, Healthier Hospitals (HH) has become a permanent program of Practice Greenhealth, intended to guide those who are just beginning their sustainability work. The six Challenge areas and corresponding data sets have been reviewed, and we are updating and refreshing the measures.

The start of September brings us the Smarter Purchasing measure. An analysis shows we have been measuring the right categories, but there are slight tweaks to the way we are measuring each level. Check out our newly-refreshed Smarter Purchasing page to see our updated resources and measures: http://www.healthierhospitals.org/hhi-challenges/smarter-purchasing

Medical Center Raises Energy Star Score from 21 to 70 - Energy Manager Today
09/04/2015
Medical Center Raises Energy Star Score from 21 to 70 - Energy Manager Today

Medical Center Raises Energy Star Score from 21 to 70 - Energy Manager Today

An energy efficiency retrofit completed at Arnot Ogden Medical Center (AOMC) in Elmira, New York, will deliver nearly $9 million in energy and operational savings over the next 20 years and save the 256-bed facility an estimated $14.5 million in energy and operating costs over the life of the contra…

09/04/2015

California's healthcare industry can lead the way on stronger climate change regulation ow.ly/RNLnz

Hospitals Increase Water Efficiency During California Drought · Environmental Leader ·...
09/04/2015
Hospitals Increase Water Efficiency During California Drought · Environmental Leader ·...

Hospitals Increase Water Efficiency During California Drought · Environmental Leader ·...

Water Saver Solutions expects to help a San Diego County-based hospital save more than 10 million gallons of water annually with a plan that includes installing laminar flow restrictors, retrofitting sterilizers, changing the cooling tower operation, upgrading shower heads and toilets and replacing…

Sustainable Procurement – More Than Buying Green
09/03/2015
Sustainable Procurement – More Than Buying Green

Sustainable Procurement – More Than Buying Green

Incorporating sustainable procurement policies at public and private institutions has been a growing trend in recent years. But while some organizations still define the practice strictly in ecologic terms, many are now incorporating the other two fundamental aspects of sustainability — economic via…

Can you kill microbes without hurting healthcare workers?
09/03/2015
Can you kill microbes without hurting healthcare workers?

Can you kill microbes without hurting healthcare workers?

In the battle against healthcare-associated infections, workers have unwittingly become collateral damage, developing skin irritation, headaches, and even asthma from cleaners and disinfectants.

Twin Cities nonprofit takes on recycling of 'blue wrap' waste...
09/02/2015
Twin Cities nonprofit takes on recycling of 'blue wrap' waste...

Twin Cities nonprofit takes on recycling of 'blue wrap' waste...

ST. PAUL – Before a patient rolls into the operating room for surgery, the sterile instruments arrive on a tray covered in a spongy blue plastic known as "blue wrap." Hospitals go through tons of the plastic fabric every year, and up until a few years ago, all of it ended up in the landfill. In...

Award-winning CHP System Serves Texas Medical Center
09/02/2015
Award-winning CHP System Serves Texas Medical Center

Award-winning CHP System Serves Texas Medical Center

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that phrase certainly applies to the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston. All of the TMC institutions share a critical need for reliable cooling, and many of them are supported by the Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO).

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