Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island (H2ERI) is a coalition of about 50 members, representing hospitals, hospital associations, nursing schools, unions, academic institutions, government agencies, local food groups, and environmental organizations. H2ERI was founded in 2011 with the guidance of Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment.
H2ERI promotes cost-effective, efficient, healthy, and sustainable practices in health care institutions. In March 2011, we had our first annual “Best Practices for Environmental Excellence” conference with more than 80 health care leaders and practitioners in attendance. The event helped people to network and showcase best practices available for a greener healthcare system. Conference topics included environmentally preferable purchasing, waste management, and personalizing healthcare. As a direct consequence of the conference, The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island established a new sustainability position at their hospital.