A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative
March 11, 2021
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Become a member of the Coalition today!

As the leading organisation working towards green health care in Canada, we always have many projects in the pipeline. Being a member of the Coalition gives you opportunity to influence the direction of Canada’s greening health care movement

Becoming a member will grant you access to:

Networking and Peer Exchange Webinars
Quarterly Zoom webinars where we welcome members to benefit from a variety of greening-themed topics of interest to today’s greening health care champions

National Recognition and Pilot Projects
Members will be recognized nationally for their achievements and have priority access to lead and host pilot projects for green health care initiatives and innovations.

Governance and Voting
Members will be able to sit on the Board of Directors and vote on key operational and directional decisions for the Coalition at the annual general meeting.

Click the button below to learn more and become a member.
Collaborate with us on the Green Team Project!

The Coalition is collaborating with the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) and University of Alberta graduate student, Joanna Law, to create a national picture of green teams.
The goal of this project is to develop an interactive map that will display Green Team location and information from across the country. Its aim is to inform and inspire those looking to start a green team and provide networking opportunities for existing green teams.

We are looking for your help in realizing this project. If you have a green team and would like to be included in this project, we kindly request your participation in any of the following ways:

  • Provide us with a summary of your green team activities and future direction.
  • Provide us with contact information that could be posted on the map.
  • Provide us with information about a specific success, difficulty, or experience in being part of a green team. This could take the form of a short written piece, video vignette, email interview, or video interview.

Please contact our project lead, Joanna Law, if you are able to participate to any degree in this project or have any questions or concerns.

Joanna can be reached by email at jrl@ualberta.ca
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.

It’s time to learn more about how your company can be recognized as a Coalition Sustainability Champion. Contact our Executive Director, Neil Ritchie at neil.ritchie@greenhealthcare.ca.
Electrifying the transportation grid

Kent Waddington, Communications Director at the Coalition has an amazing article on "Electrifying the transportation grid" in the upcoming spring edition of the CHES journal.

Here is an early peek into the article! This informative piece explores the benefits and challenges of EV charger installation while taking into account some site-specific cases.
A healthier planet starts with hospitals

While hospitals are dedicated to healing, they are some of the most resource-intensive buildings on the planet. On average, they use twice the energy of most other building types. Given that these large and complex facilities much operate 24/7, it is obvious that this leads to intense energy use compared to typical buildings. This article explores eleven key strategies to reduce energy use and foster sustainable health care systems.
How hospital design can save lives

Despite its name, an emergency room isn’t necessarily the fastest way for patients to enter a hospital, depending on the facility’s layout, capacity and flow. For some patients, time is of the essence. The time spent during check-in and in the waiting room could be critical moments that make the difference between life and death. This article elaborates more on how hospital buildings must adapt to growing populations, new medical paradigms and evolving building code requirements to ultimately save lives.
Climate Change Resources
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has the resources you need to help your facility take action on climate change.
Advice for hospital EVS staff on preparing for a pandemic

An essential base of knowledge must be obtained and sustained to enable good decision-making during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental services (EVS) professionals can consider maintaining membership in the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) to stay up to date on rapidly changing data and evidence-based processes. This article provides guidance from the AHE to help keep members up to date.
Be sure to 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.
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.
Canadian EV charging networks post double-digit growth since start of pandemic

There are more EV charging stations out there! The latest tally of Canadian charging network deployments shows a 22 per cent increase in fast-charger installations since last March. Despite a rough 10 months, there are now fewer gaps in Canada’s EV infrastructure. Does you site have the infrastructure to support EV charging? Read the full article to learn of various EV charging stations and infrastructure across Canada.
New Nova Scotia EV rebate draws praise for making the transition to ZEVs inclusive

Nova Scotia joined the ranks of provinces offering incentives for electric vehicle purchases. Premier Iain Rankin announced the incentives would come from a $19-million dollar fund and the purchase incentives would extend from passenger vehicles to electric bicycles and used vehicle purchases. In total, $9.5 million dollars from the fund will be used to finance the rebate program. Is your hospital EV ready yet?
Did You Know?
The Coalition is highly involved in educating the health sector on zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), and we offer a ton of FREE resources on our website, from webinars to case studies to factsheets. It is a great place to get started on your journey in leanring about ZEVs!
Why hospitals are beginning to reuse or recycle oxygen masks, IV bags, surgical tools they used to throw out

Safely reusing medical equipment that has been previously used by doctors or patients can help hospitals save on health care costs, prevent supply shortages and have beneficial knock-on effects for the whole population, say some doctors. It could also potentially make a dent in the mountains of hospital waste generated each year. In Canada alone, non-hazardous hospital waste could amount to nearly 300 tonnes a day. Dr. Andrea MacNeill, a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital is one of several doctors across Canada trying to make the shift from the single-use and disposable equipment hospitals rely on to more reusable masks, gowns and surgical supplies. 
Canada is drowning in plastic waste — and recycling won't save us

Recently, the federal government announced plans for a national waste strategy that would list plastics as toxic under Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) and a ban on some single-use plastics. Most importantly, the plan calls for a new “circular economy” that would rely on massively scaling up existing recycling facilities and still-nascent recycling technologies to keep disposable plastic ubiquitous in our daily lives. Read further in this article to find out more about how useful recycling is, what the barriers to recycling are, and how we could potentially overcome these challenges.

A BIG thank you to SaveOnEnergy for their continued financial support for the Ontario Green Health Care Award and the Ontario Energy Behaviour Award.
CHES 2021 Awards - Call for nominations

CHES is seeking nominations for the 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.
Register early for the CleanMed Connect 2021 for discounted rates

Scheduled for May 18-20, CleanMed Connect is the only virtual experience that connects you with experts and peers at the forefront of health care and sustainability.

CleanMed Connect offers a more affordable and flexible CleanMed experience than ever before, breaking down barriers of access, increasing and expanding networking opportunities in new ways with:

  • Cutting-edge technology to enhance your networking and conference experience, matching you with like-minded participants and speakers, allowing you to meet people and organize one-on-one meetings or pop-up discussion groups
  • Over 20 sessions that can be attended at your own pace, either live with opportunities to interact with panelists and attendees, or on-demand through the end of the year
  • Special prices for students and teams
CHES - 2021 Webinar series
12pm - 1pm EST

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
SCISS – Webinaires 2021
12pm - 1pm EST

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
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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. www.greenhealthcare.ca 
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