The Green Digest
A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative
December 17, 2020
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Warm holiday wishes!
2020 has been a very interesting year to say the least! On that note, it has been truly inspiring to see the resiliency of nations and communities in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a great example of what can be accomplished when we work together towards a common goal. 2020 is now coming to a close and we hope that the new year will bring renewed optimism and inspiration. From all of us at the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
The Coalition will be closed over the Holidays, starting December 21, 2020 and reopening on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Green Health Care Award winners have been announced!
The Green Health Care Award winners were recently announced through two webinars, hosted by the Coalition. Click HERE to watch the webinars if you missed out.
We celebrate a total of 25 winners in seven award categories. Congratulations everyone!
UHN Toronto Rehab

Michael Garron Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital
Providence Healthcare

Ross Memorial Hospital

St. Joseph's Health Centre - Parkwood RMHC

Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital- General Hospital

Ross Memorial Hospital

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Four Counties Health Services
Trillium Health Partners- Queensway Health Centre

Ross Memorial Hospital

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Kemptville District Hospital
University Health Network

Michael Garron Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital
St. Michael's Hospital - Main Building, Bond Street

Markham Stouffville Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital

University Health Network - Toronto General
A BIG thank you to SaveOnEnergy for their continued financial support for the Ontario Green Health Care Award and the Ontario Energy Behaviour Award.
A BIG thank you to Medtronic for sponsoring the Green Hospital of the Year Awards.
What’s on your hospital’s holiday wish list?
In need of some additional equipment or medical treatment items? Perhaps some overbed tables, bedside chairs or PPE. Maybe you have surplus items that could benefit others and make their Christmas a little brighter?

Health-Share brings buyers and sellers together on a sharing platform to swap, sell, rent or give away your surplus items.
Have a look and see if Health-Share is featuring something you can use!

More importantly, if you have something you want to share with the health care community, then please list your surplus items.

For more information, visit or contact Neil Ritchie at
Did you know that you could be recognized as a Sustainability Champion?
The Coalition recognizes industry partners for their exemplary commitment to sustainability. Being a Sustainability Champion has its unique benefits and can help your company stand out by showcasing your commitment to supporting a sustainable Canadian health services system.

If you are interested in learning more and potentially being recognized as a Sustainability Champion, we would love to have a chat!

Reach out to our Executive Director, Neil Ritchie at

Click HERE to learn more.
Where are Canada's Energy Managers?
The Coalition team wants to know more about the growing number of energy managers in Canada's health sector with an eye to providing access to enhanced energy management software.

If you are an energy manager in a Canadian hospital or health care organisation, or if your organisation has an energy manager, our project manager would love to hear from you. Please email to learn more. Thank you.
40,000+ federal buildings to be incorporated into RETScreen by 2025
A great progression milestone for the RETScreen Software! As part of the updated Greening Government Strategy released by the Government of Canada, all federal facilities – more than 40,000 buildings – will be incorporated into the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software by 2025!

More HERE.
Climate Change
Climate Change Resources
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has the resources you need to help your facility take action on climate change. Learn more HERE.
Canada has a plan to meet its climate target — and maybe now there can be a real debate
The key to reducing emissions will be the federal carbon price. Already the most politically controversial element of the existing Liberal plan, it is now set to increase by $15 per tonne each year between 2022 and 2030. That was the headline item from Friday's package — and perhaps the fact that any party, let alone the one in government, would be willing to propose such an increase shows how much the conversation on climate policy in Canada has shifted.

More HERE.
New research article available: Estimating the Health‐Related Costs of 10 Climate‐Sensitive U.S. Events During 2012
This article analyzed publicly available data sets, government databases, and published analyses in the peer‐reviewed literature to estimate the human health‐related costs of a subset of 10 climate‐sensitive case studies that occurred in 11 U.S. states during 2012: wildfires in Colorado and Washington, ozone air pollution in Nevada, extreme heat in Wisconsin, infectious disease outbreaks of tick‐borne Lyme disease in Michigan and mosquito‐borne West Nile virus in Texas, extreme weather in Ohio, impacts of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York, allergenic oak pollen in North Carolina, and harmful algal blooms on the Florida coast.

More HERE.
Canadian researchers turn to wastewater tests at long-term care homes to detect COVID hot spots
Several Canadian universities are preparing to test wastewater from long-term care homes in Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton to get early warnings of COVID-19 outbreaks. Researchers in municipalities in six provinces are already testing wastewater for traces of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease. Many of those infected shed the virus through their feces, even if they don't have symptoms, according to researchers. 

More HERE.
The COVID-19 Resources for EVS Professionals 2020 webpage created and maintained by AHE provides up-to-date and reliable information to help battle the continuing pandemic. The resource page includes helpful training such as the COVID-19 EVS Cleaning Essentials Refresher Training Toolkit available to AHE members, and on-demand webinars that delve into some of the specific challenges faced by EVS professionals during the pandemic.

More HERE.
Selecting the wrong drywall could introduce mercury into the environment
Make a big impact without paying more or sacrificing performance by ensuring your specification provides an incentive for drywall with:
  1. The lowest amount of pre-consumer recycled content you can find; prefer natural gypsum over synthetic gypsum.
  2. A preference for post-consumer recycled content.
To promote a more circular, sustainable process, encourage your contractor to separate drywall scrap for recycling. Watch this short video on recycling drywall.

More HERE.
10 new electric vehicles to look forward to in 2021
2021 is going to be the year for all-electric cars and should greatly accelerate the electric revolution. There are so many new models hitting the market that it should shift the entire industry. Here we look at 10 new electric vehicles coming next year.

More HERE.
Plug'n Drive - A Canadian leader in the electric vehicle industry
Plug'n Drive is approaching its 10 year anniversary, and has developed an extensive list of EV industry services that help individuals, businesses and governments harness the transition to electric transportation. Plug'n Drive has various solutions including workplace charging and fleets, online student learning courses and the Mobile EV Education Trailer (MEET)!

Visit Plug'n Drive's website HERE to learn more.
CHES - 2021 Webinar Series
12pm - 1pm EST

Wednesday January 27, 2021 - Update to CSA Z317.2 (HVAC)
Speakers:  Gordon Burrill, P.Eng., CCHFM, FASHE, CHFM, CHC; Nick Stark, P.Eng., CED, LEED AP, ICD.D 

Wednesday February 24, 2021 - Refrigeration Retrofits to low GWP Refrigerants & How the Choices effect Capacity and Operation
Speaker: Jeff French; Steve McTaggart

Wednesday March 24, 2021 - Building Science 101: Understanding Building Air Leakage and the effects on Your Building Envelope
Speakers: Steven Tratt

Wednesday April 21, 2021- Understanding and Preventing Floor Covering Failure
Speaker:  Chris Maskell

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

More HERE.
SCISS – Webinaires 2021
12pm - 1pm EST

Mercredi 27 janvier 2021 – Actualisation de la norme CSA Z317.2 (CVCA)
Orateurs:  Gordon Burrill, P.Eng., CCHFM, FASHE, CHFM, CHC; Nick Stark, P.Eng., CED, LEED AP, ICD.D 

Mercredi 24 février 2021 – Modernisation de la réfrigération grâce aux réfrigérants à faible PRP - Manière dont les choix affectent la capacité et le fonctionnement
Orateur: Jeff French; Steve McTaggart

Mercredi 24 mars 2021 – Science du bâtiment 101 : Comprendre les fuites d’air d’un bâtiment et leurs effets sur son enveloppe
Orateurs:  Steven Tratt

Mercredi 21 avril 2021 – Comprendre et prévenir l’inefficacité des revêtements de sol
Orateur:  Chris Maskell

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

Plus ICI.
Canadian College of Health Leaders call for nomination: Energy & Environmental Stewardship Award
This award recognizes a progressive healthcare organization that has implemented organizational wide initiatives demonstrating environmental responsibility through the reduction of energy usage, the preservation of natural resources and effective waste diversion solutions. Possible initiatives include the implementation of energy efficient building systems and solutions, comprehensive energy and environmental awareness programs, waste management initiatives, and green procurement practices.

Deadline for Nomination: February 1, 2021.

More HERE.
CHES 2021 National Conference deadline for submission: Extended to December 31, 2020
Speaker abstracts are now being accepted for the 2021 CHES National Conference. This national conference attracts leaders from across Canada and around the world in the field of health care facilities engineering, operations and maintenance. This year, the CHES 2021 conference theme is "Enriching Patient Experiences by Optimizing the Environment".

You may submit your completed form HERE.

Inquiries by email to  

More HERE.
Date limite pour les soumissions: Prolongé jusqu'au 31 décembre 2020

L’appel à communications pour le Congrès national 2021 de la SCISS est maintenant ouvert. Ce congrès national suscite l’intérêt de leaders provenant du Canada et de l’ensemble du monde dans le domaine de l’ingénierie, de l’exploitation et de la maintenance des établissements de santé. Le thème du congrès 2021 de la SCISS est "Optimiser l’environnement pour améliorer l’expérience-patient".

Vous pouvez soumettre votre formulaire rempli ICI.

Demande de renseignement(s) par courriel à

Plus ICI.
CleanMed 2021 is going virtual and your ideas are welcome
For the past 20 years, CleanMed has been an in-person event, and in 2021, like so many other events, it will happen virtually. This shift prompts the opportunity to reach more people, new audiences, amplify more diverse voices, and feature innovative ideas. Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm are exploring new and innovative approaches for the event. They look forward to working with you on their “call for presenters.” They want to hear about you and your communities, the problems you are facing and learning to overcome, your big and broad ideas for presentation topics that reflect innovative solutions for healing the supply chain, building disaster hardiness, delivering sustainable and resilient health care, and who you would like to see at the table. From your contributions, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm will develop a program for May 18-20 that reflects a collective vision of learning and inspiration around resilience and sustainability in health care.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2021
Submit your ideas HERE.
Organ Donation - The Ultimate Recycling
Have you registered as an organ donor?
Contact your local organ donation agency and speak to your family about your wishes. You have the power to save and transform lives. Or visit the Government of Canada website to register and donate.
In the interests of public safety, please follow health agency guidelines to help keep us all healthy. For more information and prevention tips, visit the Government of Canada's COVID-19 site HERE.

Click HERE to learn how RETScreen Expert software can help your organisation quickly analyze cost savings, feasibility and emissions reductions.

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is Canada’s premier green health care resource network, leading the evolution of green in Canada’s health sector as a national voice and catalyst for environmental change. 
Go to our website at for more information and resources focusing on health care and sustainability.
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