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Riding High

Ben Atkinson, a nutrition manager and dietitian at Harborview Medical Center, estimates that about 200 employees bike to work almost every day — and that number is growing. He’s the… Read More
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Challenges Accepted

Imagine your morning office routine: Coffee poured, computer on, and email loading as you settle in and contemplate the day ahead. A nagging issue pops up — one that would… Read More
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Sustainable Food That Sells

Hospital food service departments are accustomed to managing the increased time—and sometimes the increased cost—incurred by sourcing food that supports the development of healthy, local, sustainable food systems. While tracking… Read More

The Art of Medicine

A demonstration of Tibetan sand art was the impetus behind an art project at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, that takes colorful medicine vial caps that otherwise would be thrown… Read More
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Anatomy of a Green Team

Historically, the existence of a green team has been a signpost of environmental movement in any organization. It indicates that a group of individuals have been identified to work together,… Read More
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The Future Is Green

  Appearing on the scene only in May of last year, Greenhealth Exchange is already making headway on supply chain sustainability for a number of participating health care systems. The… Read More

Connecting the Dots

Environmental stewardship connects to population health, prevention, staff satisfaction and performance excellence. Increasingly, health care leaders are connecting the dots and seeing that healthier food, for example, isn’t just about… Read More
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Going to Gemba

When I studied supply chain and operations management during my undergraduate years, there was a simple story I’ll always remember from Michael Dell (yes, the man who created Dell computers,… Read More

Keeping Score of Sustainability

Kaiser Permanente has launched a significant sustainable purchasing initiative with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2020. A culture of sustainability in both… Read More

Straight to the Source

The journey toward healthier patients, communities and environments can take many paths. The creation of a sustainable food system does not come about from a single course, but instead from… Read More ← Older posts