Links

The following Internet sites provide information on pollution prevention, environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations.

Practice GreenHealth
www.practicegreenhealth.org
This website has a lot of information on all aspects of greening healthcare.

Practice Greenhealth’s Making the Business Case for Greening the Sector
www.practicegreenhealth.org/pubs/toolkit/reports/BusinessCaseForGreening.pdf

 Health Care Without Harm
www.noharm.org
This website has a lot of information on many aspects of greening healthcare

Sustainability Road Map for Hospitals
http://www.sustainabilityroadmap.org/

The Roadmap is designed to help health care organizations map their journey on the road to sustainability and is organized from general information on relevant topics to specific measures for improving your facility’s performance.

EPA Region I healthcare home page
www.epa.gov/region1/healthcare
This site links to EPA programs and non-EPA programs that might be of interest.  Contact Janet Bowen (bowen.janet@epa.gov) if you’d like to be added to the EPA New England Hospital E-mail group. You’ll receive regular e-mailings on a wide range of timely and important issues directly relevant to hospitals.

EPA WasteWise
http://epa.gov/wastewise/
WasteWise, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that helps partners meet their waste reduction and recycling goals.

 RE-TRAC fact sheet
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/wastewise/pubs/retrac.pdf

Food Recovery Challenge
http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/smm/foodrecovery/index.htm

ENERGY STAR® Program
www.energystar.gov/healthcare
This EPA/DOE sponsored site includes a database of energy efficient products, energy savings calculators, purchasing specifications, group purchasing (Quantity Quotes) and a vendor locator.

Energy Star Building Upgrade Manual
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_upgrade_manual

Energy Star benchmarking kit
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=healthcare.bus_healthcare_benchmark

 Design to Earn Energy Star (Target Finder; Integrated Design Guidance)
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_bldg_design.new_bldg_design

ENERGY STAR’s Healthcare Energy Savings Financial Analysis Calculators 
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=healthcare.bus_healthcare_energysavings_calc
This tool is designed to calculate the financial impact of improved energy performance for your organization. Organizations that reduce energy expenses and improve energy performance increase both their bottom line and their market valuation. This tool will help healthcare organizations quantify cumulative savings and communicate the value of their savings by translating it into metrics that resonate with key decision makers.

Healthy Hospital Choices  [PDF 349KB]
In August 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity convened an expert panel on policy and environmental approaches to improve food, physical activity, breastfeeding and tobacco-free environments in hospitals. This report summarizes the meeting proceedings and presents recommendations for action for hospitals and/or public health practitioners.

Healthy Hospital Practice to Practice Series (P2P) 
This P2P Series presents case studies of hospitals improving their environments to better support the health of their employees and embody the mission of their organization.

Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC)
www.hercenter.org
This site provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance information for the healthcare sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them, including both federal regulations and the specific rules that apply in your state.

EPA WaterSense
http://epa.gov/watersense/
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products.

DOE EnergySmart Hospitals
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/alliances/hospital_energy_alliance.html
This is a Department of Energy (DOE) Initiative to provide hospitals the resources, tools, and strategies for cost and energy savings through efficient and renewable energy technology applications for both new and existing facilities.

Advanced Energy Design Guide: Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
http://www.ashrae.org/publications/page/1604
For small hospitals and healthcare facilities up to 90,000 ft2 in size, which require a wide variety of heating and air-conditioning equipment. These guides have been developed through the collaboration of ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from the Department of Energy (DOE), to help meet all of an owner’s energy performance requirements. In an effort to promote building energy efficiency, ASHRAE and its partners have made these guides available for download (PDF) at no charge.

Large Hospital 50% Energy Savings: Technical Support Document 
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy10osti/47867.pdf
Details the technical analysis performed and the resulting design guidance that will enable large hospitals to achieve whole-building energy savings of at least 50% over the above standard. Report also documents the modeling methods used to demonstrate how the design recommendations will help institutions meet or exceed the 50% energy-savings goal.

Federal Energy Management Program
www.eere.energy.gov/femp
This site promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources at federal facilities.  The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) offers advice about procurement, construction, maintenance, and utility management that the private sector will find useful.

Green Guide for Healthcare
www.gghc.org
This toolkit provides guidance for integrating enhanced environmental health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of healthcare facilities. The Green Guide for Health Care is available as a free download (registration required).

 EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership
http://epa.gov/chp
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. By installing a CHP system designed to meet the thermal and electrical base loads of a facility, CHP can increase operational efficiency and decrease energy costs, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

 Greenscapes
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/greenscapes/index.htm
EPA’s GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscaping. Designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution, GreenScapes encourages companies, government agencies, other entities, and homeowners to make more holistic decisions regarding waste generation and disposal and the associated impacts on land, water, air, and energy use.

EPA New England Greenscapes
http://www.epa.gov/region1/topics/waste/greenscapes.html

 Green Power Partnership
http://www.epa.gov/grnpower/
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Partnering with EPA can help your organization lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce its carbon footprint, and communicate its leadership to key stakeholders. Green power is electricity produced from a subset of renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Buying green power is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your organization’s environmental performance.

SmartWay Transport Partnership
http://www.epa.gov/smartway/
A voluntary partnership between various freight industry sectors and EPA that establishes incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

EPA New England Soak Up the Rain
http://www.epa.gov/region1/soakuptherain/index.html
In collaboration with state agencies, universities, watershed groups, and other organizations, EPA New England is launching Soak up the Rain as a call to action to citizens, businesses, and communities.

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