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2011 Hospital Energy Management Survey finds hospitals making progress, but still missing some opportunities
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Two years removed from the Great Recession, hospitals and health systems are putting the oomph back into energy-efficiency efforts. The hold-downs that squeezed facilities budgets are easing, and organizations are devoting more attention and resources to energy-conservation initiatives. More



6 ways an operating room can become more environmentally friendly
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Going green is becoming pertinent in all facets of the world today, hospitals included. Hospital operating rooms are areas that certainly could be more environmentally friendly, Dr. Brian Gantwerker says. Gantwerker gives six ways an OR can become more environmentally friendly. More

Johnson & Johnson announces sustainability roadmap
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As part of its Healthy Future 2015 sustainability efforts, Johnson & Johnson aims to increase the sustainable design of all its products and measure its efforts by evaluating all of its new products and packaging for sustainability improvements. The effort also calls for 60 products and packaging to achieve J&J's Earthwards™ designation, which the company gives to products that demonstrate significant improvements in its environmental footprint. More

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Haute, healthy, local cuisine coming to a hospital near you
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Asian stir fry. Chicken marsala. Spanish rice with black beans. These are familiar dishes that wouldn't normally raise an eyebrow — except they're appearing on hospital menus nationwide. The trend is gaining ground as more facilities turn their food service into haute cuisine — and doing so with health in mind. More

5 need-to-know trends shaping health care design
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As health care facilities today strive to create more responsive and needs-specific environments, innovative furniture and design techniques can play a transformative role. Facilities are finding that by converting traditionally stark, clinical interiors into functional, aesthetic and positive spaces, they can improve patient satisfaction, facilitate healing, enhance visitor comfort and even increase employee productivity. More

Getting ahead: Developing a 'chief facilities officer' mindset
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Hospital administrators always have recognized the important contributions that facilities engineers make to the success of the health care organizations they serve. But the role of the facilities department leader has evolved steadily over the past two decades. Today, many health care organizations have made their facilities leader a fully functioning member of the management team with the opportunity to help shape hospital strategy and influence decisions well beyond the confines of the power plant. More

Green cleaning alternatives: Satisfying industry standards without compromising green or clean
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As environmental concerns continue to increase, cleaning standards are evolving and more companies are adapting their cleaning programs in order to take advantage of green opportunities. Unfortunately, in terms of green cleaning, "green" and "clean" can often seem like mutually exclusive terms. More

Take action: Tell EPA to close toxic air pollution loophole from coal-fired power plants
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After a 20-year delay, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule that will significantly reduce emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal burning power plants. Despite the availability of proven control technologies, a "toxic loophole" has allowed many coal-burning power plants to operate without any federal limits on emissions of mercury, arsenic, dioxin, acid gases such as hydrogen chloride, and other dangerous pollutants. More



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