How Paper Shredders Promote Sustainability and a Greener Environment

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Does paper shredding have a positive impact on the environment? Yes, but not for all the reasons you may think. Businesses consume a lot of paper for packaging, documentation, information management, and more. As a business owner, you should be aware of the importance of disposing your sensitive business documents properly. Keeping private information safe is just as important as sustainability. The …

Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High

Daniel Fried-Petersen Air Quality, Climate Change, Emissions, Global Warming, Sustainability Leave a Comment

Global warming has been on the rise due to the increasing release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  The main driver in global warming is human industrial activity that causes the release of these greenhouse gases. As global temperatures rise, sea levels rise, ice caps melt, natural disasters increase, and our world becomes less habitable. Greenhouse gases are gases that …

Boston Medical Center’s Path to Going Carbon Neutral

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Boston Medical Center is on pace to become the first hospital in New England to go carbon neutral upon completion of its building redesign in 2018.  A major contributing factor to this significant milestone is a new rooftop farm built on top of its power plant.  This 7,000 square- foot farm produced approximately 15,000 pounds of produce this growing season, …

Philadelphia Prison Systems Receives Special Recognition from the EPA

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded special recognition in April to the City of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Prison Systems innovative food recovery achievements. The prison system composted 1.35 tons of wasted food each day and saved the city $31,000 a year in landfill fees. “The Philadelphia Prison System sets a tremendous example on using innovation to reduce food waste,” …

EPA Releases Report on the Benefits of Global Action on Climate Change

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In late June of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a peer-reviewed report on the economic, health, and environmental benefits to the United States of global climate action. The report, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action”, compares two future scenarios, one with significant global action and one without. The future with significant action scenario …

Always-On Devices are Wasting Billions in Electricity

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Environmental Protection magazine has reported that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report this month that found approximately $19 billion of electricity is used every year in the U.S. by devices and equipment when consumers are not actively using them. That amount of electricity is equal to the output of 50 power plants and costs each U.S. household …

Philadelphia’s Temple University to Receive EPA Brownfields Grant

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Temple University in Philadelphia has been awarded funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the cleanup and reuse of brownfield properties in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia. Temple will receive a $200,000 grant to develop the project, which consists of a 161-acre area in the North of Lehigh neighborhood of Kensington. The project aims to plan for …

Effective Federal OSHA Oversight

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This is the second post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here. Health care workers face unique challenges from lifting and transporting patients, needle sticks, handling hazardous waste, chemical and drug exposures, and others. First responders and emergency room personnel are particularly vulnerable since they may be exposed to undiagnosed infections and …

Discovering Potential Pitfalls in Healthcare Facilities

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People enter a hospital or continuing care facility to get well, and every facility does its best to make that happen. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, one in 25 patients contracts a hospital-related infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, medical personnel are exposed to infectious diseases and injuries from medical equipment, poor ergonomic …

Environmental Solutions Network – Our New LinkedIn Group

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We have just started a new Group on LinkedIn. Environmental Solutions Network provides a forum for environmental managers and directors (and others interested in regulatory compliance and sustainability) to exchange ideas, share best practices and get answers to questions around regulatory compliance and sustainability in the manufacturing, healthcare and higher education sectors.  We encourage the free exchange of suggestions related to …