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Against a Changing Future

Superstorm Sandy, the hurricane that pummeled the Northeast in fall 2012 and caused more than $75 billion in overall damage, was a wake-up call for many hospitals and health systems… Read More
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Preparing for the Worst

On May 22, 2011, Denise Dugan, then patient safety officer for St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, was at home when the first tornado siren went off. “I… Read More
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Look to the North

For many, Minnesota might be better known for its brutal winters than for its environmental progressiveness, but among those who keep up with sustainability issues, it’s no secret that health… Read More
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Presenting the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award Winners

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Downers Grove, Illinois 324 Beds, 17 ORs Advocate as a health system has been a leader in the healthy interiors arena for several years, including petitioning… Read More
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Celebrating Sustainability Innovation, Excellence and Momentum

In the early years, recycling and regulated medical waste reduction were the hallmarks of a strong commitment to sustainability—with energy reduction and efficiency following close behind. The mid-2000s brought a… Read More
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Power in Numbers

When it comes to operating in a healthy manner, perhaps no industry is under more pressure than health care, whose main mission—to promote health—extends well beyond the examination room. “There’s… Read More
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Sustainability Beyond Hospital Walls

In 1856, five Sisters of Providence arrived in the rugged Washington Territory to help the region’s pioneers meet basic needs. Today, Dora Barilla, DrPH, marvels that she continues their work… Read More
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Buyer Aware

In health care, costs and sustainability are intertwined. Even as hospitals strive to lighten their budgets and their environmental footprints, on average, they spend 17 percent of their budgets on… Read More
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As a major center of biomedical research, advanced medicine and academia, some might be concerned to learn Boston is also the fourth-most vulnerable city in the United States in terms… Read More
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The Magic of Metrics

Instituting Healthier Hospitals greening programs across a large network of health care facilities is laudable in its own right. Ensuring their long-term success and expansion is another matter entirely. If… Read More ← Older posts