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Greening Your Hospital
  5 Ways to Go for the Green

             Plant the Seed
            Pull the Weeds
              ...
Greening Your Hospital
                           Why go green?
• Environmental Impact
  Hospitals generate 6,600 tons of ...
Greening Your Hospital


How to go about “greening”
      your hospital.
Greening Your Hospital
                   Plant the Seed

• Obtain support from senior and upper level
  management

• Obt...
Greening Your Hospital
        Plant the Seed: Senior and Upper Level Management

 One thing successful green initiatives ...
Greening Your Hospital
Plant the Seed: Lower-level Management, Support Staff and Physicians
 Without the support of hospit...
Greening Your Hospital
               Plant the Seed: Operation Green Team

• Identify those who are passionate about gree...
Greening Your Hospital
                   Pull the Weeds

               Develop Standards

• Coordinate with all levels o...
Greening Your Hospital
                       Pull the Weeds: Coordinate
               Make sure everyone is on the same ...
Greening Your Hospital
                     Pull the Weeds: Accountability

    Hold management and employees accountable ...
Greening Your Hospital
                      Pull the Weeds: Evaluation

  Evaluate on a regular basis to not only gather ...
Greening Your Hospital
                         Water


• Make “sustainability” a part of your hospital’s
  image

• Missi...
Greening Your Hospital
                               Water: Image

• Consider your community when working to develop a gr...
Greening Your Hospital
                       Water: Mission and Vision


• Make your environment mission part of your str...
Greening Your Hospital
                     Give It Love


• Take Small Steps

• Establish a Green Building Policy
Greening Your Hospital
                        Give It Love: Take Small Steps
•   Fully understand that a tree doesn’t gro...
Greening Your Hospital
              Give It Love: Initiate a Green Building Policy

• It is in the hospital’s best intere...
Greening Your Hospital
                       Put it in Light and Let it Grow

                         Hospital – Heal Th...
Greening Your Hospital
            Examples of how hospitals are saving money by greening

STRATEGY                       ...
Greening Your Hospital
        How does your hospital’s waste measure up?

*Based on composition of waste in nine Los Ange...
Greening Your Hospital
Further information:

http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/bizWaste/FactSheets/Hospital.htm

http://www.esmagazi...
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Why should anyone, especially hospitals, care about our environment? Because it makes sense... it saves hospitals money, provides a superior image and hospitals contribute enormously to the health and well-being of not only our environment but its inhabitants.

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  1. 1. Greening Your Hospital 5 Ways to Go for the Green Plant the Seed Pull the Weeds Water Give It Love Put it in Light and Watch It Grow
  2. 2. Greening Your Hospital Why go green? • Environmental Impact Hospitals generate 6,600 tons of waste per day, and about 80 percent of that is nonhazardous waste. • Financial Kaiser Permanente in Modesto, California, is considered to be one of the "greenest" hospitals in the country. The hospital saved $500,000 by using green building materials • Positive PR
  3. 3. Greening Your Hospital How to go about “greening” your hospital.
  4. 4. Greening Your Hospital Plant the Seed • Obtain support from senior and upper level management • Obtain support from middle management, support staff and physicians • Form a Green Team
  5. 5. Greening Your Hospital Plant the Seed: Senior and Upper Level Management One thing successful green initiatives have in common is leadership and support from senior level management. • Senior and upper level management backing will motivate lower management and support staff to follow suit • Management will put into place the guidelines and initiatives needed for support staff to follow through
  6. 6. Greening Your Hospital Plant the Seed: Lower-level Management, Support Staff and Physicians Without the support of hospital employees, it is impossible to green a hospital because every little bit counts. • Advocate small steps – less waste at meals, e-mail vs. printed paper, turn off lights when not in use • Set employees up for success – provide paper recycle bins and other useful tools • Listen to concerns and implement ideas • Give plenty of praise and reward
  7. 7. Greening Your Hospital Plant the Seed: Operation Green Team • Identify those who are passionate about greening the hospital and form a Champions Green Team with these individuals. Champions should consist of employees spanning the scope of all levels and functions within the organization. Hold a monthly meeting to discuss and implement ideas and procedures. • Educate and engage your Green Team – give them the tools to in turn educate and engage their peers
  8. 8. Greening Your Hospital Pull the Weeds Develop Standards • Coordinate with all levels of management and the Green Team • Enforce accountability • Make routine evaluations
  9. 9. Greening Your Hospital Pull the Weeds: Coordinate Make sure everyone is on the same page • Hire a firm to assist your hospital in its greening efforts or conduct extensive research • Form a solid marketing plan that includes a framework calendar • Create a sustainability manager position to direct programs • Implement training programs to all employees
  10. 10. Greening Your Hospital Pull the Weeds: Accountability Hold management and employees accountable to the practices and standards put in place • Once the practice and standards are put into place, they must be followed – even when faced with issues of cost, time constraints or pressures from departments • Use your department as a role model • Use positive reinforcement to motivate
  11. 11. Greening Your Hospital Pull the Weeds: Evaluation Evaluate on a regular basis to not only gather positive feedback but also improve standards and practices • Some implementations will be easy to measure – such as those that save the hospital money – and can be done more frequently • Be sure to consider evaluating those that aren’t measured in dollars • Compile your findings into a tangible piece for all employees; the more results they see they more they will be apt to work toward the goal
  12. 12. Greening Your Hospital Water • Make “sustainability” a part of your hospital’s image • Mission and Vision
  13. 13. Greening Your Hospital Water: Image • Consider your community when working to develop a greening plan and encourage the community to develop their own greening movement • Make your intentions known to the community – this will also help hold management accountable • Use your greening efforts as a positive illustration of the hospital
  14. 14. Greening Your Hospital Water: Mission and Vision • Make your environment mission part of your strategic planning process • Apply positive verbiage about the greening efforts into internal and external tactics
  15. 15. Greening Your Hospital Give It Love • Take Small Steps • Establish a Green Building Policy
  16. 16. Greening Your Hospital Give It Love: Take Small Steps • Fully understand that a tree doesn’t grow up overnight and neither does “greening” a hospital • Be patient with management and employees – supply them with the information and tools they will need to see these changes in a positive light • Reinforce positive changes – even small ones • Expand on your greening project each year – you don’t have to become fully green even in the first year – work within your budget and weigh the benefits and risks carefully • Always put patient care first – if you are not comfortable with a product or procedure, find one that you are comfortable with that also fits into your hospitals greening efforts
  17. 17. Greening Your Hospital Give It Love: Initiate a Green Building Policy • It is in the hospital’s best interest to put policies into place that ensure all construction and renovation projects meet sustainability standards. • Consider the cost difference in meeting sustainability standards at the point of building or the cost of renovation
  18. 18. Greening Your Hospital Put it in Light and Let it Grow Hospital – Heal Thyself! • Celebrate your accomplishments! They not only can save hospitals millions of dollars but will make this world a healthier place to live in! • By setting up a environmental management program you can turn ideas into action and involve your employees on a whole new level • Fact: The EPA identified medical waste incineration as the largest source of dioxin, considered to be the most potent human carcinogen manufactured
  19. 19. Greening Your Hospital Examples of how hospitals are saving money by greening STRATEGY SAVINGS Permeable pavement in parking lot $290,000+ PG&E utility rebate $100,000+ Solar-powered construction lighting $75,000 (now used on walkways) HDPE piping for exterior conduit $40,000 Photovoltaic mechanical screen $40,000 Cool roof $11,000 TOTAL SAVINGS $591,000
  20. 20. Greening Your Hospital How does your hospital’s waste measure up? *Based on composition of waste in nine Los Angeles City hospitals (1990) Percent Solid Waste Composition (By Weight) In Hospitals*
  21. 21. Greening Your Hospital Further information: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/bizWaste/FactSheets/Hospital.htm http://www.esmagazine.com/CDA/Articles/Web_Exclusive/BNP_GUID_9-5-2 http://www.noharm.org/goingGreen

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