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Apply for Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance to Create Healthy, Economically Vibrant Communities, Deadline 10/22/18

Federal agency partners invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems.  EPA will host a webinar to explain more about...

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From Food Scraps to Compost, from Healthy Food in Health Care New England News

Practice Greenhealth named the University of Vermont Medical Center’s main campus a top 10 hospital in the nation for waste management via its Circle of Excellence Award. Key to this designation was the hospital’s robust composting program. Find out more: https://vtdigger.org/sponsored_content/food-scraps-compost/?mc_cid=6d139b7987&mc_eid=543fe2262e  

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2018 North American Hazardous Materials Management Assn (NAHMMA) Hazardous Materials Management Conference in Portland, ME, 8/27/18-8/31/18

The NAHMMA Hazardous Materials Management Conference is the largest annual gathering of HHW industry professionals nationwide. Providing current and cutting edge information, it’s a great place to learn and connect with what’s happening in the world of household hazardous waste and pollution prevention. Find...

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Sustainability in the Built Environment: Why Materials Matter? 8/23/18 at 1pm EST

EPA Sustainable Material Management webinar To register for this free webinar visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5635848506793790211 The built environment touches all aspects of our lives, encompassing the buildings we live in, the distribution systems that provide us with water and electricity, and the roads, bridges, and transportation...

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Ethylene Oxide Hazards and Reduction Example (EPA Region 5), July 2018

Healthcare facilities and commercial sterilization facilities often use ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize moisture and heat-sensitive medical instruments.  This fact sheet provides background information on the Hazards of EtO and describes the significant EtO reduction achieved at a healthcare facility in Minnesota. View:  https://uofi.app.box.com/s/t56r53wly6q73csb6n6625q9lcp2h6se

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EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program: Recycling the RAD Way!, 7/25/18 at 11:30am EST

Is your organization disposing of refrigerated appliances using best environmental practices? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program is raising awareness about best environmental practices for the disposal of refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers. Join us for...

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Health Care Climate Challenge

Hospitals and health systems around the globe are mobilizing to protect their patients and communities from the impacts of climate change. To support your work, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have launched an updated Health Care Climate Challenge, offering new opportunities to...

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ASHE to Upgrade “Energy to Care” Program, 5/29/18

Energy to Care, ASHE’s free energy benchmarking and awards program for health care facilities, will be gaining additional functionality such as real-time energy tracking. ASHE/AHA issued a request for proposals (RFP), the first step of expanding program features. View RFP: http://www.energytocare.org/pdfs/ASHE-AHA-RFP-EnergyToCare.pdf Interested in learning...

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Reminder: EPA’s WARM Model, 5/15/18 at 1:30pm EST

National Recycling Coalition Sustainable Materials Management 2017-2018 webinar series The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help sustainability directors, solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from various waste management practices, including—source...

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EBC New Hampshire Program: Current Trends in Stormwater Management in New Hampshire and Site Visit to the UNH Stormwater Center, 6/5/18 in Durham, NH

This EBC New Hampshire program will discuss stormwater systems currently in place and innovative stormwater system design and redevelopment. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, a dynamic research, testing and educational facility serving as a technical...

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EPA’s WARM Model, 5/15/18 at 1:30pm EST

National Recycling Coalition Sustainable Materials Management 2017-2018 webinar series The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help sustainability directors, solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from various waste management practices, including—source...

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Resilient MA Climate Clearinghouse

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced the launch of a new website, resilient MA Climate Clearinghouse —resilientma.org — which provides communities with access to the most recent data on expected climate change impacts and links to grant programs and technical...

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AAP Environmental Health Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), upcoming programs

The AAP Environmental Health ECHO aims to increase clinician knowledge, comfort and competence in identifying, diagnosing, and treating environmentally-related health conditions in children and reproductive-age adults. This program uses the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model, a tele-mentoring platform that leverages technology to...

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Reminder: FY 2018 and FY 2019 Pollution Prevention Grant Program Request for Proposals, due 4/26/18

The Pollution Prevention Grant Program is announcing the availability to fund grants and/or cooperative agreements to: Provide technical assistance and/or training to businesses/facilities about source reduction techniques to help them adopt and implement source reduction approaches, and to increase the development, adoption, and market...

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EPA Workshop for Federal Facilities: Improve Your Solid Waste Recycling and Food Waste Reduction Programs, 4/12/18 in Boston, MA

This two-hour workshop from 10am-12pm will provide new federal and State recycling and food waste requirement information and teach specific techniques to boost recycling rates and minimize waste at your facility. Topics include presentations by award winning federal agency staff discussion of recycling program...

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Physician Network

Health Care Without Harm recently launched its Physician Network, created to support emerging and established physician leaders in leveraging their influence and expertise to advance health care sustainability and to create climate-smart health care. Physicians who join will learn proven strategies for building sustainable,...

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Two Grant Programs Recently Released by the DOER: Capturing Franchise Energy Savings (CaFES) and the Innovate Energy Efficiency Grant Program (InnovatEE)

Energy Efficiency (InnovatEE) Grant Program The DOER is introducing the Innovate Energy Efficiency (InnovatEE) Grant Program which will seek demonstration projects for the deployment of emerging energy efficiency technologies and the delivery of innovative energy efficiency programs. Specifically, the DOER is interested in proposals...

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Source Reduction of Food Waste Guidance

Over the course of 2017, MassDEP and RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts engaged stakeholders to develop a new set of best management practices for preventing food waste in commercial kitchens (the top priority according to the US EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy.) The guidance document is now...

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SITES: the Right Tool for Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is increasingly used to address climate impact issues, such as stormwater runoff, and to provide myriad benefits to a community. The SITES Rating System facilitates green infrastructure planning to create beautiful outdoor spaces that are functional and resilient. Find out more: http://www.sustainablesites.org/sites-right-tool-green-infrastructure...

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5 Case Studies in Sustainability Program Success

Many Australian healthcare organizations are determined to improve their environmental footprint, implementing projects to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage and waste. The benefits aren’t just environmental — significant cost savings have been found, too. Look at five successful Australian case studies: http://www.hospitalhealth.com.au/content/design-in-health/article/sustainable-effort-798227546#axzz55tKb5VA9...

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24. Reminder: Get Ready for 3/1/18 EPCRA Tier 2 Reporting Deadline! Free EPA Training to Help You Get Ready! 1/23/18 at 11am EST

Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) in 1986 after deadly chemical accidents. EPCRA establishes requirements for federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry regarding emergency planning and “Community Right-to-Know” reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Community Right-to-Know...

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National WasteWise 2017 Awards and Regional Achievement Organizations Announced

National press release: EPA Recognizes 2017 WasteWise Winners, 1/4/18 https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-recognizes-2017-wastewise-winners National 2017 WasteWise stories: https://www.epa.gov/smm/2017-wastewise-national-award-winners New England national WasteWise winner: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center won the National Partner of the Year: Non-profit Organization award Regional press release: New England Organizations Recognized for Reducing...

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HCWCH Europe: Energy Efficiency in the Healthcare Sector: Easy Wins Through Behaviour Change

This factsheet explores the link between the healthcare sector’s energy choices and their impact on air quality and climate change, providing practical examples of how to improve energy efficiency in healthcare settings through behaviour change. View: https://noharm-uscanada.org/sites/default/files/documents-files/5213/HCWHEurope_Energy_Efficiency_Factsheet-Dec_2017pdf.pdf

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The Impact of Surgery on Global Climate: a Carbon Footprinting Study of Operating Theatres in Three Health Systems, December 2017

Climate change is a major global public health priority. The delivery of health care services generates considerable greenhouse gas emissions. Operating theatres are a resource-intensive subsector of health care, with high energy demands, consumable throughput, and waste volumes. The environmental impacts of these activities...

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The Case for Energy-Saving Retrofits

A report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has found that retrofitting smart technology to commercial buildings can cut energy bills by 18% in offices, 14% in shops and 8% in hospitals. http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/innovation/case-energy-saving-retrofits/

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EPA WEBINAR: Driving Building Performance for Successful Participation in the Federal Green Challenge: Strategies for Energy/Water Conservation and Waste Diversion, 12/13/17 at 1:30pm EST

Tom Burke, GSA Sustainability Program Manager for Region 2 (New York, Northern New Jersey and Puerto Rico) will discuss program efforts to improve building performance at over 60 major facilities. Topics include how to best implement Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings (EO 13693),...

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Smart Buildings: A Deeper Dive into Market Segments

Smart buildings use interconnected technologies to provide building owners and occupants with both energy savings and nonenergy benefits. These technologies can display real-time data, diagnose faulty equipment operation, and reduce energy waste. Commercial buildings, including office, retail, hotel, and hospital buildings, can all benefit...

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Climate and Health: Using the Epa Warm Tool to Communicate the Environmental Benefits Associated with Material and Waste Management

The archive of the EPA WARM tool webinar recorded on 11/14 has now been posted on Greenhealth Academy. Please refer to the URL below (and in any further communication) to access the archived recording of the call: https://academy.practicegreenhealth.org/products/climate-and-health-using-the-epa-warm-tool-to-communicate-the-environmental-benefits-associated-with-material-and-waste-management A Practice Greenhealth account is required...

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Resilience & Our Built Environment

Boston Area Sustainability Group event Our guest speaker(s) will share select frameworks and strategies used by decision-makers to determine the resilience of the built environment around us and how it can either support or undermine our social and economic objectives. What have we learned...

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Snapshot: Outdoor Area Lighting

A report using LED Lighting Facts data to examine the current state of the market for outdoor area lighting. View report: https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/10/f37/snapshot2017_outdoor-area.pdf Sustainable City Network article on report (10/9/17): http://www.sustainablecitynetwork.com/topic_channels/development/article_e64b057a-ad26-11e7-8e84-c3ceea7d0a0a.html

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Realizing a healthier marketplace through safer chemical innovation – A dialogue with business leaders, 7/27/17 at 1pm EST

Consumers want products made with the safest available chemicals. Businesses are responding with policies and practices that target key chemicals of concern for removal. But what chemicals will fill their place? What happens when preferred alternatives aren’t readily available? Businesses have a major challenge...

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Evaluation of U.S. Building Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Programs: Attributes, Impacts, and Best Practices

U.S. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory releases report on energy efficiency benchmarking and transparency programs. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report designed to summarize state and local energy benchmarking and transparency (B&T) policies in compliance with the Energy Efficiency...

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Whole Building Design Guide

National Institute of Building Sciences officially launched its newly redesigned free web portal, the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®. Used by millions of building professionals each year, the WBDG contains design, construction and facility management information and criteria required by U.S. military and other...

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2016 ASHE Energy and Water Survey

ASHE is asking all health care facilities to complete its 2016 Energy and Water Survey, which will help update ENERGY STAR scoring models in addition to identifying energy and water use trends. The data will be anonymously shared with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency....

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Regulatory Update Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Update to the Refrigerant Management Requirements Under the Clean Air Act; Final Rule

The Clean Air Act prohibits the knowing release of ozone-depleting and substitute refrigerants during the course of maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of appliances or industrial process refrigeration. The existing regulations require that persons maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment...

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Announcement: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement “Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017”

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program, a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) titled “Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017.” The FOA will provide grants to federal agencies for...

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