It’s a Wrap! CleanMed 2015 Showcased Major Gains in Sustainability

By Greenhealth Staff on July 15, 2015


The role of sustainability in improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care was showcased at this year’s CleanMed.

The 12th CleanMed conference drew more than 1,000 attendees in May to Portland, Oregon, to discuss best practices and preview innovative technologies, products and services. Philips was Host Sponsor and Johnson & Johnson was Leadership Sponsor for this year’s event.

“There are strong and definitive connections between human health, environmental health and financial health, but managing those connections to drive improvement in all three is not always apparent,” Practice Greenhealth Executive Director Jeffrey Brown said. “Those institutions leading the transformation of health care toward a more sustainable model were here at CleanMed and inspired and equipped us all with knowledge and practical approaches to get measurable results in all three of these priority areas.”

Major gains and action among leading hospitals and systems working with Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm this year include:

Reducing energy use and waste to drive cost savings:

  • In 2014, reporting hospitals reduced energy use equivalent to avoiding 73,600 metric tons of CO2 in greenhouse gas emissions, equal to removing 15,600 vehicles from U.S. roads.
  • Also, 68.4 percent (270 of 395) met or surpassed the 15 percent goal of recycling as a percentage of all waste, with an average recycling rate of 26.3 percent.

Removing “chemicals of concern” from facilities:

  • In 2014, 172 hospitals reported making at least one product line DEHP- and PVC-free.
  • In 2014, 18 hospitals reported that an average of 59.8 percent of furnishings purchased that year were free of the targeted chemicals of concern.

Serving more local and sustainable food:

  • Last year, 115 hospitals spent $35,805,740 on local and sustainable food, and 64 percent (74 hospitals) purchased at least 15 percent local and sustainable food.



Save the date! Planning for CleanMed 2016 is already underway. The conference will take place May 17-19 at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas.