VINEYARD NEWS
October 20 2016
THE GREEN DIGEST
Climate Change Resiliency Mentoring

Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and in partnership with the University Health Network, the Climate Change Resiliency Mentoring project aims to prepare hospitals for adverse conditions brought about by climate change, including extreme weather events and increased vectors for disease. Participation is FREE and includes assessment of climate change resiliency using the the Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit developed by the Coalition and will provide exclusive access to peer mentoring. Participants will take part in educational webinars, networking conference calls and will develop their skills as climate change resiliency champions in their organisation. To participate, please contact Kent Waddington at kent@greenhealthcare.ca  or call 613-720-4889. 
In This Issue
Goodbye Dylan!
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is sad to be waving goodbye to our National Program Manager, Dylan Dingwell. We'd like to wholeheartedly thank Dylan for all his contributions to the Coalition over the past four years and wish him the best as he pursues a Master's degree. Dylan's wizardry with the internet and databases was phenomenal and his presence as an integral part of the Coalition will be missed. Good luck!

Hello Samantha!
The Coalition would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Sustainable Health Care Programs Analyst - Samantha Putos. Samantha is a Master of Science program graduate and has worked at several hospitals. With first-hand farming experience, Samantha is particularly interested in improving the quality and sustainability of food in Canadian health care. Samantha will be working on the Coalition's Safer Chemicals Project, Climate Change Resiliency Mentoring program, the Green Hospital Scorecard and WAHA First Nation's Energy Project. You can reach Samantha at samantha@greenhealthcare.ca
Enhancing the sustainability and climate resiliency of health care facilities: a comparison of initiatives and toolkits
The special issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health (PJPH) "  Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities"
is now online! 

WAHA First Nation's Energy Project
Funded by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the WAHA First Nation's Energy Project is  a partnership with the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and the First Nations communities on the west coast of James' Bay. The Coalition led project will provide energy assessments at health care facilities in five communities, help bring awareness on energy management and saving 
opportunities, and provide training for better energy
management, including a delivery of the Building Operators
Certification Program.

Coalition and Partners Contribution to the Working Group on Climate Change
The Working Group on Adaptation and Climate Resilience is one of four working groups established at the direction of Canadian First Ministers in the Vancouver Declaration. It is led by a federal and a provincial co-chair, and is composed of members from federal, provincial, and territorial governments. 
Click  here  to read the Green Health Care submission for the consideration of Federal/Provincial/Territorial 
Working Group on Adaptation and Climate Resilience.

Safer Chemicals Project
Funded by Environment Canada's EcoAction program, the Safer Chemicals Project aims to reduce and replace the use of chemical toxins in health care facilities. With several collaborators across Canada, we hope to gather evidence demonstrating that non-toxic products and technologies such as ozone-based cleaners, UV sterilization and copper surfacing can effectively clean surfaces. Potential benefits include cost and chemical waste reduction, less wear on medical equipment, and decreased incidence of health care-acquired infections.
Read more here.
Happy Waste Reduction Week!

 
 
October 17-23 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada! From reducing operating room waste to using reusable mugs at coffee time, we can all find areas to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

Go to  www.wrwcanada.com for resources and ways to get involved, or check out Twitter   @WRWCanada for updates.


For residents of Ontario:

Applications Now Open to Celebrate Achievement in Environmental Excellence.
In celebration of Waste Reduction Week, Ontario is calling on local champions who reduce, reuse and repurpose waste to apply for the 2016 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence.


Congratulations!

 
 
Roger Hollis,  Director of Engineering for St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, has received the 2016 CHAIR Leadership Award. Mr. Holliss was recognized for his support in conducting validation trials proving the effectiveness of UV equipment on reducing the risk of hospital acquired infections and for introducing mobile and fixed ultraviolet disinfection equipment for use in patient rooms and bathrooms.

Congratulations!

 
 

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Announces 14th Annual Awards of Excellence Winners

Diamond Schmitt Architects, has been selected for a Cities Alive Award of Excellence for their design of Bridgepoint Active Health Care in Toronto. Twelve projects in eight design categories, and four non-design categories were awarded to the most engaging projects and individuals in the industry. Awards will be presented in Washington, DC on November 3 2016. 


Canada's Greenest Employers

 
 

Congratulations to Coalition member Aramark Canada on again being named one of the Greenest Employers in Canada. Aramark has engaged in a number of environmental initiatives that benefit its clients and has helped champion several employee-led sustainability programs, including the development of community and urban gardens and expanded composting and waste reduction programs. Aramark also hosts the national "Farm Tour / Field Research" program to bring local chefs, food procurement professionals, clients and other personnel to local farms and producers to learn more about local food production and procurement. Over 65 farms and producers from across the country have been visited since the program's inception in 2010!


Federal Environmental Commissioner's 
Fall 2016 Report - A Webinar

  
When: October 21, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Registration: Free
 
Reports to be discussed include:
- Progress Report of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
- Dept. Progress in Implementing Sustainable Dev. Strategies (2016 Annual Monitoring)
- Inspection of Nuclear Power Plants
- Conserving Canada's Fish Stocks
- Petitions

The presenters are the Leads on the Audit Report Chapters:
 
Sharon Clark, Principal, Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG)
Daniel Thompson, Director, Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG)
George Stuetz, Director, Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG)


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