Sustainability

Information to help meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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Sustainability Article Archive
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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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