From the January 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
Start with easy wins.
Capture early success by going after the “low-hanging fruit”—easy-to-implement sustainability strategies that require little capital investment and save money from day one. Waste prevention is a good place to start: hospitals and health care facilities generate tremendous amounts waste and pay much higher disposal costs than most industries. Energy reduction can also be a win: because they operate 24/7, a typical hospital’s annual energy bill runs $1-3 million, depending on its size and location. With low-hanging fruit, even simple changes can lead to dramatic reductions.
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At the end of the day, sustainabilityis a learning process for everyone. Whether your hospital or health care system is leading the way, just getting started, or somewhere in between, Practice Greenhealth is prepared to work together to help you set goals, provide expert knowledge, guidance and support, and celebrate the success of your sustainability achievements.
About the author: With more than 18 years of experience in leadership positions in the health care field, Laura Wenger, RN serves as a driving force for environmental sustainability in health care. As Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth—the nation’s leading membership organization for health care institutions committed to sustainable practices—Ms. Wenger is responsible for leading a national movement to increase environmentally preferable operations in health care facilities.
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