Category Archives: Healthcare Environments

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative Is The Path To Sustainability In Hospitals

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is an excellent example of how hospitals are beginning to realize that sustainable principles have a major role in the healthcare sector.  Created in May of 2010, HHI is a coalition of major health systems … Continue reading

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Upcoming Healthcare Seminar in Philadelphia

Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute is hosting a half day seminar in Philadelphia on September 14, 2011. The IFMA Healthcare Council and the Healthcare Facility Managers Association of Delaware Valley are also hosting the event. The seminar will focus … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Health Care

The Bon Secours Health System and Practice Greenhealth recently hosted a webinar concerning the subject of climate change and its relation to the health care industry. The webinar was given by David McCombs, the Vice President of ERP/Supply Chain Operations. … Continue reading

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Hospital OSHA Compliance

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has hundreds of general and specific industry regulations, and many employers struggle to understand all the subsets and requirements of these policies. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 1910.1030, for example, applies to all employees … Continue reading

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PECO Smart Equipment Incentives for Health Care Facilities

Last week PECO hosted an event based on their Smart Equipment Incentives program. The luncheon specifically targeted health care facilities, and showcased the potential savings in both kilowatt hours and dollars. The program has more than $67 million in funding, … Continue reading

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Local Hospital Builds Onsite Energy Plant

In our blog last month we discussed a new EPA regulation, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; however, the regulation lacked any specifications.  One local hospital may have found a solution.  The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainboro … Continue reading

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Hospital Sustainability Survey

After writing our Hospital Sustainability series (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) we were interested in learning more about your hospital or medical center’s “green” initiatives. We have created a brief survey to help us gather further information. … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal and Best Management Practices (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of our series on Pharmaceutical Waste, we discussed the EPA Draft Proposal to add hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to the Universal Waste Rule.   In Part 2, we discuss methods for reducing the quantity of pharmaceutical wastes generated in … Continue reading

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Respiratory Protection in Healthcare

H1N1 Virus Exposure Control Ever since the H1N1 outbreak in the spring of 2009, much attention has focused on how to best protect healthcare workers from the virus that is transmitted by: Droplet exposure of mucosal surfaces (e.g. nose, mouth … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal and Best Management Practices (Part 1 of 2)

In recent years, trace pharmaceutical wastes have been detected in waterways and drinking water in many metropolitan cities throughout this country.   The risks posed by these pollutants are not entirely known.   Of foremost concern are the potential for human resistance … Continue reading

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