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April 26, 2021
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Webinar: What to do with hospital PPE and medical single-use plastic waste

Join the Coalition and our partners to find out what we are doing about waste PPE and medical single-use plastics in health care facilities.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 1pm ADT/12pm EDT/9am PDT

About this Event

  1. Are you concerned about access and usage of PPE during COVID?
  2. Come and learn how circular economy principles of reduce, reuse and recycle will keep this valuable commodity out of the landfill
  3. Share your experience with our project team

Join our introductory webinar to find out more!
For more information please visit our project webpage HERE.
International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE) launches Global Energy Awards

We are collaborating with IFHE to launch its first-ever GLOBAL Energy Awards program to honour health care facilities for reducing their energy use.

Any Canadian health care facility with a 5% or greater energy reduction is eligible. Winners will be recognized at IFHE Toronto in 2022. Best in country and best in world will also be recognized with special awards.

Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) participants will have the opportunity to participate in this new international award as part of the GHS survey.

Join a movement of healthcare organisations around the world in working towards a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

Use the link below to learn more and join the program!
A warm welcome to our latest Sustainability Champions!
Ecosystem Energy Services
GE Healthcare
Stryker Canada
You can get your organisation featured here as a Sustainability Champion!

Email us at neil.ritchie@greenhealthcare.ca to reach out and get started as a Sustainability Champion to support green health care.

Learn more about the benefits of being a Sustainability Champion.
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Green Office Toolkit

The Green Offices Toolkit is designed to simplify and inspire the ‘greening’ of your health care practices. Here you will find practical and affordable ideas to make eco-friendly office improvements, and more!
Circle Birmingham Hospital built at ‘30 percent lower cost’

Bryden Wood has designed a new hospital for Circle Health Group in Edgbaston which ‘combines form and function to boost clinical outcomes', and ‘reinvents hospital design’ by being delivered at 30 percent lower cost than 'comparable hospitals'.
Read on to learn more about how Bryden Wood achieved a low-cost design.
Video: UHN reducing emissions with huge new wastewater energy system

Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) and Krembil Discovery Tower will soon be home to the world's largest raw wastewater energy transfer (WET) system. The site's direct greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by about 10,000 metric tonnes each year – more than 60 percent of UHN's overall direct emissions. Read the full news story to learn more about this wonderful milestone!
Pilot project seeks to find out How much food waste is avoidable

A 16-week pilot project aims to help city officials get a better handle on food waste – how much is and isn’t avoidable – with the ultimate goal of helping residents reduce how much they dispose of and lessen contaminants in the organics collection stream. The initiative, which launches later this month, is being done by the City of Guelph and Our Food Future in collaboration with Kitchener-based Eagle Vision Systems Inc. Read the full story to learn more about this pilot project.
Video: Why hospital food matters for reconciliation

On March 23, 2021, Nourish launched the short film, "Why Hospital Food Matters for Reconciliation." They had nearly 200 people join in to mark this special occasion, followed by a Q&A. If you haven't seen the short film yet, check it out now and share it with your networks! The video is accessible via the thumbnail above or the button below.

Reminder: Full Applications for the Anchor Collaborative Cohort due tomorrow, April 27th. The cohort will be announced in May.
New campaign in Winnipeg helping people reduce food waste

The Winnipeg Food Council is taking part in a campaign to help reduce food waste in the city and encourage people to save some money. Coun. Brian Mayes, the chair of the Winnipeg Food Council, said food waste has always been an issue, but it has gotten even worse during the pandemic. This is because people are buying in bulk so they can avoid going to the grocery store, which is ultimately causing food to spoil and be thrown out. “Part of our problem is organic waste going into the Brady landfill,” he said. The Winnipeg Food Council has now partnered with the Love Food Hate Waste campaign to “try and educate people and encourage them to reduce the amount of food waste.”
Mask trash - Hundreds of thousands of masks ending up in landfills and as litter in Northern Ontario

Jean-Luc Labonte owns R and D Recycling and processes the contents of blue boxes from across northeastern Ontario and a sorting plant just outside of North Bay.
Over the past year, his staff have regularly been picking masks and gloves out of the bottles and cans and papers streaming by on the conveyor belts. He says they stopped collecting the blue boxes from the North Bay hospital out of fear of COVID. Learn more about why mask recycling is continuing to be a challenge.
Montreal 'masketeers' find sense of purpose cleaning up PPE littering Villeray streets

A little while after the pandemic started, two long-time friends found a way to make a difference by channelling their energy into something more productive. Elizabeth Barbosa and Alcina Lopes have since upgraded to proper garbage pickup sticks and have so far collected more than 3,500 surgical masks and about 200 gloves in their area. This article may inspire you to become a 'masketeer' as well!
Global road map for health care decarbonization: A navigational tool for achieving zero emissions with climate resilience and health equity

On April 14, 2021, Health Care Without Harm, in collaboration with Arup, launched The Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization: a navigational tool for achieving zero emissions with climate resilience and health equity at the 2021 Skoll World Forum. The Road Map is the first of its kind to chart a global health care course to zero emissions by 2050. Visit the link below to explore the roadmap and learn more.
Call for case studies on climate change and health

In 2021, WHO and the global health community will continue to drive the conversation on recovery and resilience by envisioning how a healthy, equitable recovery from COVID-19 can advance the rapid decarbonization of the world economy. To further this goal, WHO will be collecting case studies on health and climate change, to be highlighted in upcoming events and initiatives throughout the year, including at the COP26 climate conference. Click the link below to learn more about the submission requirements and deadlines.
Did You Know?
We recently created a map of green teams in Canadian hospitals. Check out the map HERE to have a look at the various green teams, and to get your site up on the map!
Toronto Transit green-lights purchase of 300 new electric buses, to start rolling in 2023
Electric Autonomy

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is taking a leap forward in its race to total fleet electrification by adding another 300 electric buses to the existing 60 purely electric vehicle fleet. At its rate, electric emergency fleets for hospitals do not seem too far off!
Commercial buildings: an EV-ready approach for new builds and retrofits
Electric Autonomy

This article turns to commercial buildings, outlining how building codes and assessing user needs can achieve EV-ready outcomes. How can public policy support access to EV charging where we work, shop, and recreate? Unlike the scenarios in the first two articles, the solutions here aren’t so much technical as they are policy-based. Read on to find out more.
Download COVID Alert today
COVID Alert is Canada's free COVID-19 exposure notification app. It can alert you to possible exposures before you have symptoms. It is available for both iOS and Android.

Studies have shown that surface transmission is not the main route by which SARS-CoV-2 spreads, and the risk is considered to be low. Disinfection is recommended in indoor community settings where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 24 hours. The risk of fomite transmission can be reduced by wearing masks consistently and correctly, practicing hand hygiene, cleaning, and taking other measures to maintain healthy facilities.
Explore the infection control training for front line health care workers: Project Firstline

Project Firstline is a CDC national training collaborative offering timely infection control training to front line health care workers and the public health workforce in the fight against infectious disease threats. As a key partner in this initiative, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is helping bring this critical training opportunity to the health care field and champion sound decision-making and positive behaviours in a time of crisis.

A BIG thank you to SaveOnEnergy for their continued financial support for the Ontario Green Health Care Award and the Ontario Energy Behaviour Award.
Webinar: Planning for climate resilience in health care facilities – Intro to the new BC guidelines & its application

This session will overview the newly released BC Guidelines for health care facilities (which also applies to LTC and social housing in BC) that were built on lessons from global projects and local projects and will point to examples in BC such as St. Paul’s Hospital’s environmental compliance assessment and others.

Following the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key climate risks facing health care facilities
  • Explain how the Resilience Guidelines guide the planning, procurement and implementation phases of the health facility lifecycle
  • Identify how design teams might integrate climate resilience into architectural and engineering components of facility design

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Time: 1 pm EDT – 2:00 pm EDT
Format: Moderated discussion followed by a live audience Q&A
Call for abstracts - Unleashing Innovation: Healthcare Engineering Excellence

The IFHE 2022 Congress will be hosted by the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, at the 2022 National Conference. We are seeking Speaker abstracts for both Domestic and International Submissions for the IFHE 2022 Congress | CHES 2022 National Conference. The Congress theme is "Unleashing Innovation: Healthcare Engineering Excellence".

Deadline for submission: Monday, May 31, 2021
CHES 2021 Awards - Call for nominations

CHES is seeking nominations for their 2021 awards. Members are reminded to nominate a deserving member or facility for one of these prestigious awards.

Hans Burgers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare Engineering
This award is presented to a resident of Canada as a mark of recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of health care engineering. Candidates must be members of CHES and the achievements can be either a series of contributions or one outstanding contribution.

Wayne McLellan Award of Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Management
This award recognizes facilities that have had outstanding success in the completion of a major capital project, an energy efficiency program, an environmental stewardship program, or in a team building exercise.

Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2021.
CHES - 2021 Webinar series
12pm - 1pm EST

Wednesday May 12, 2021 - Infection Prevention Through Design & Innovation
Speaker:  Vicky Diab, BA

Wednesday June 16, 2021 - Operating Rooms - Isolated Power Systems and Class A GFCIs in Operating Rooms
Speaker:  Amir Mojtahed, B.Eng., M. Eng.; Sonny Solanki, B.Eng.

Wednesday September 22, 2021 - Resilient Building Design for Hospitals in the Face of Climate Change
Speaker:  Gord Rajewski, R.E.T.

Wednesday November 17, 2021 - Roof Maintenance
Speaker: Ted Katsoris, B.Tech, BSS, CCCA
SCISS – Webinaires 2021
12pm - 1pm EST

Mercredi 12 mai 2021 – Prévention des infections fondée sur la conception et l’innovation
Orateur:  Vicky Diab, BA

Mercredi 16 juin 2021 – Salles d’opération – Isolation des réseaux électriques et DDFT de classe A dans les salles d’opération
Orateur:  Amir Mojtahed, B.Eng., M. Eng.; Sonny Solanki, B.Eng.

Mercredi 22 septembre 2021 - Conception d’établissements hospitaliers résilients face au changement climatique
Orateur:  Gord Rajewski, R.E.T.

Mercredi 17 novembre 2021 - Entretien des toits
Orateur: Ted Katsoris, B.Tech, BSS, CCCA
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