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July 7, 2021
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CCGHC Spotlight
A very warm welcome to our new hire!

Victor Sohier plans to utilize his recently acquired diploma in software development and his passion for writing quality software to provide the Canadian health care system with tools to become more energy efficient. He is convinced that the demand for green technology, in health care and elsewhere, will spur innovation to the benefit of the climate and the economy. As the Coalition's new Junior Software Engineer, he will be supporting us on a variety of projects through his software and data processing skills.
Become a Sustainability Champion today!

Have your organisation featured here!

Learn more about our growing list of Sustainability Champions HERE

Email neil.ritchie@greenhealthcare.ca to reach out and get started as a Sustainability Champion to support green health care.
Read our new summer spotlight article!

Neil Ritchie, Executive Director of the Coalition, recently published an article titled Leadership for a climate resilient, net-zero health system: Transforming supply chains to the circular economy on the Healthcare Management Forum. This article touches on the much needed role that leadership needs to play in order to acheive a net-zero health system.
The Green Health Care Report 2020-21

Be sure to check out our recent Green Health Care Report! It is our first-ever comprehensive annual report and provides valuable insights into the state of green health care in Canada
Webinar recording: Release of the Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report
Climate Risk Institute

If you missed this webinar, you can now watch the recording to see lead authors and the Assessment Secretariat present information for the release of the National Issues Report.

Click HERE for more information about Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action, the National Knowledge Assessment.

Access the report HERE.
The health costs of climate change
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Climate change is not just an environmental and economic threat. It’s also a threat to public health—and policy isn’t keeping up. The second report in the Costs of Climate Change series finds that the impacts of climate change on health could cost Canada’s health care system billions of dollars and reduce economic activity by tens of billions of dollars over the coming decades. 
Governments can save lives and minimize costs by investing proactively in measures that improve people’s health and security—particularly if they focus on addressing the root causes that put some people at greater risk. 
New Indigenous community healing space planned for Children's Hospital in Winnipeg

When Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas was a kid, he remembers his first hospital visit as a cold, lonely experience. Though the staff was friendly, it was still a scary experience being away from home. Easing that fear of going to the hospital is one of the goals of a first-of-its-kind Indigenous community healing space that's being planned for the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg. Dumas says a new space that is warm, reminiscent of home, inclusive and reflective of Indigenous culture is significant to the Indigenous community, to ease feelings of fear in health-care settings.
Meet 2021’s Best 50 Canadian corporate citizens
Corporate Knights

Every year since 2002, Corporate Knights has evaluated Canadian companies with annual revenue of over one billion dollars on a growing number of key performance indicators. This year’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens were evaluated against 24 key performance indicators, including the clean revenue result for each company, which is percentile-ranked against industry peers and weighted at 50% toward the overall score. While the broad range of industries recognized in this list is impressive, it is difficult not to notice the complete absence of health care companies! It is high time that health care companies stepped up their game and made a positive impact.
Experts urge caution as Canada’s COVID-19 waste washes up on coastlines
Global News

Each year, nearly eight million tonnes of plastic pollution enter the oceans from all over the world, but for the first time in 27 years, Canadians are witnessing an unusual clutter of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) kits washing up along the country’s shorelines.
According to Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s annual “Dirty Dozen” 2020 report, some 15,000 volunteers removed over 41,000 kilograms of litter from Canadian coasts and listed finding discarded COVID-19-related supplies among them. The organisation didn’t have a category on its data cards last year to formally track the amount of PPE-related litter but has added one for 2021, given the situation.
Steinbach Online

In an effort to increase the diversion of disposable masks from landfills, Manitoba has launched an initiative with international recycling operation TerraCycle to recycle disposable masks from 15 locations at Manitoba provincial parks, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced last month. Disposable masks will be collected using TerraCycle’s Disposable Masks Zero Waste Boxes. Once the boxes are filled, the masks will be shipped to a TerraCycle sorting facility in Ontario and broken down into component materials. Metal from the masks is repurposed into new metal sheeting while the polypropylene-dominant mixture is converted into a raw material used in plastic lumber and composite decking applications. The elastic portion is ground into a fine mesh and mixed with recycled plastics as an additive to provide flexibility to other products.
Green Team Project

Our recently completed Green Team Project in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) and University of Alberta graduate student, Joanna Law, created a national picture of Green Teams through an interactive map. Learn more HERE.
Leading automotive manufacturers support 2035 ZEV target, discuss merits of “Buy Canada” policy
Electric Autonomy

Electric Autonomy Canada hosted the fifth panel of a six-part series on Canada’s national EV battery supply chain this week. The focus was on Pack and Vehicle Assembly, and panelists discussed Canada’s next policy moves to build a national EV battery supply chain — and the politics behind them. The discussion was moderated by Emma Jarratt, managing editor of Electric Autonomy Canada. The more aggressive target came with an equal measure of support and trepidation from panelists and audience members. Many applauded the sentiment of a faster commitment to a clean transportation future, but also raised concerns about the fine print of how Canada will get there.
Canada mandates new car and passenger truck sales to be 100 percent zero-emission by 2035
Electric Autonomy

Canada’s federal government is replacing its voluntary target for achieving 100 percent zero-emission new car and light-truck sales with a mandatory requirement and moving up the deadline by five years, to 2035 from 2040. The joint announcement came from Transport minister Omar Alghabra, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson and Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault. During the press conference Alghabra cited, as a catalyst for the announcement, a recent report from the International Energy Agency that says by 2035 all, new light-duty vehicle sales worldwide need to be electric to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Hopefully, EMS vehicles receive the same treatment!
Building a culture of safety and prevention

Explore the infection control training for front-line health care workers: Project Firstline. Learn more HERE.

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 Virtual Conference

The Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) will be holding its 41st Annual Conference on a virtual platform on September 28-29, 2021. The theme of the 2021 Virtual Conference is “Enriching Patient Experience by Optimizing the Environment”.

For more detailed information or to register visit the CHES website. Find the program details HERE.
Circular Procurement Summit

Circular procurement is a strategic process and tool to acquire goods and services in accordance with circular economy principles to redefine value and shape markets to deliver environmental and social objectives along with price. To engage the intersection of public and private sector interests to achieve and accelerate circularity, Circular Innovation Council presents Circular Procurement Summit 2021, an official World Circular Economy Forum Side Event. 

Webinar series recording: Building a Canadian vision for an EV battery value chain

Starting June 1, Electric Autonomy Canada began hosting six, weekly panel discussions with leaders from the Canadian battery and automotive sectors to explore the need and road map for establishing Canada’s national electric vehicle battery supply chain. 

Yesterday's sixth (and final) episode titled "Battery Second Life – Reuse/Recycling" focused on battery second life. The panelists discussed what will happen to EV batteries and the rich materials in them when they are no longer being used in electric vehicles, and how Canadian innovation is leading the way in battery recycling and second life.
CHES - 2021 Webinar series
12pm - 1pm EST

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 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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