A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative
May 12, 2021
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Did you miss our latest webinar?

If you missed out on our latest webinar on our new project aimed at dealing with PPE and hospital plastic waste, you can now watch the recording at your convenience!

About the webinar

  1. Are you concerned about access and usage of PPE during COVID?
  2. Learn how circular economy principles of reduce, reuse and recycle will keep this valuable commodity out of the landfill

For more information please visit our project webpage HERE.
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 the opportunity to influence the direction of Canada’s greening health care movement

Becoming a member will grant you access to exclusive perks such as:

  • Networking and Peer Exchange Webinars
  • National Recognition and Pilot Projects
  • Governance and Voting

Click the button below to learn more and become a member.
Energy Behaviour Resources

We created a dedicated web page in response to an increased interest on behalf of our members and stakeholders in the health sector, who want to learn more about applying Energy Behaviour to achieve energy savings.
Pandemic intensifies evolving role of FM
REMI Network

Facility managers are no longer viewed as a back-office function, but rather “a strategic instrument to attract and retain talent and create a great experience,” said Lorri Rowlandson, senior vice-president of strategy and innovation at BGIS. Rowlandson moderated the “Reimagining FM Symposium” at IFMA’s Facility Fusion in April. A panel of multifaceted FM professionals was on hand to share their perspectives on how the pandemic has intensified industry shifts and how FMs figure prominently into a hybrid revolution.
What toxic chemicals are lurking in our buildings?
REMI Network

Our interior spaces have an enormous impact on our health and productivity. From designing for an active lifestyle to proper lighting, insulation, and acoustics, how we build our buildings matters. One often overlooked aspect of how buildings influence people’s health is the chemicals found in building materials. Globally, there are limited regulations of chemicals used within building products, and unfortunately there are toxic chemicals found in some everyday building products that have the potential to harm human and environmental health.
ASHRAE Publishes Updated Health Care Facility Ventilation Standard

ASHRAE has released an updated edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. The standard offers guidance, regulation, and mandates to designers of health care facilities.
The 2021 edition delivers critical guidance for designers and operators of these front-line facilities and incorporates 17 addenda to the 2017 edition of the standard. Changes include:
  • Revised scope, with improved guidance on thermal comfort conditions provided
  • Extensive modifications to address the Outpatient and Residential sections
  • Extensive revisions to air filtration requirements
  • Improved guidance related to behavioural and mental health

To purchase ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2021, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, visit the ASHRAE Bookstore or contact ASHRAE Customer Service by phone at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada), 404-636-8400 (worldwide) or fax 678-539-2129.
For more information and to stay up-to-date on ASHRAE, visit ashrae.org.
What is upcycled food?
The Takeout

As companies try to figure out ways to minimize waste and prevent climate change, they are working on strategies to turn items that would otherwise be discarded, into something useful, or in this case, edible. Upcycled food is made of ingredients that were destined for the bin after production processes. CBS News reports on how different companies are taking their own approaches to not only minimize waste, but make new products in the process. This could be a potential avenue for sustainable food at hospitals.
London plant turning food waste into natural gas earns national award
The London Free Press

A London plant that turns food waste into fuel is receiving accolades for a project that’s providing renewable natural gas to power buses and heat buildings. StormFisher’s London plant was awarded Project of the Year by the Canadian Biogas Association for its production of renewable natural gas from food scraps that come from restaurants, food processors and municipalities. The energy is sold to natural gas utilities and as fuel, including for a bus running on renewable natural gas in Hamilton.
Check it out!

Project SOIL (Shared Opportunities on Institutional Lands) is a feasibility study that explores the potential of on-site food production for public institutions through arrangements with local producers, particularly where access to farmland is limited and expensive. Learn more HERE.
Why hospitals are beginning to reuse or recycle oxygen masks, IV bags, surgical tools they used to throw out

It may not be intuitive, but 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!
Video: How can Canada achieve a circular economy?

Canada plans to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. Its initiative to ban six single-use plastic items has been criticized but is a first-step in moving towards a circular economy. As Jeyan Jeganathan explains, if this plan is successful, Canada would divert 90 percent of its discarded plastic away from landfills and back into the recycling system. Click the link below to learn more.
Global road map for health care decarbonization: A navigational tool for achieving zero emissions with climate resilience and health equity

While there has been momentum building to take action on health and climate change in BC and elsewhere in Canada, we consistently hear that communities, practitioners, researchers and the health sector are seeking real examples of action. There is a need to share stories and lessons learned from communities that are showing collaborative leadership to address climate change, health and resilience in an integrated way.
Virtual launch: The health care sector joins the Race to Zero campaign

On May 26, Health Care Without Harm, in collaboration with the UN’s Climate Champions, will launch the Race to Zero campaign for health care, showcasing GGHH and Practice Greenhealth members from six continents that have joined the Race to Zero. These hospitals and health systems, which collectively represent the interests of over 3,000 health care facilities, have committed to decarbonizing and achieving net zero by 2050. In doing so, they are stepping up as global leaders in the transformation to climate-smart health care.
Sudbury buys four Tesla Model 3s for non-emergency EMS calls
Electric Autonomy

The City of Sudbury, Ont. has long been associated with mining and very cold winters, but it’s also diligently making a name for itself as a zero-emissions hub in Canada. In honour of the 51st Earth Day, Sudbury has announced the purchase of four fully electric vehicles to be used by community paramedics — the latest step in its effort to meet a municipal target of a zero-emission city fleet by 2035. This is a notable leap towards fully electric EMS fleets!
Quebec unveils funding to electrify 65 percent of all school buses by 2030
Electric Autonomy

By 2030, more than half of students in the province of Quebec will be heading to class in yellow electric school buses, Premier François Legault announced on Friday. Giving substance to a plan contained in the province’s 2030 Plan for a Green Economy unveiled last fall, Legault said the government will invest $250 million over the next three years to electrify 65 percent of the province’s school bus fleet. Now we just need to "jumpstart" this electrification process in the health sector!
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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.

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.
Webinar: Overview of Organic Waste Management in Canada’s Industrial, Commercial & Institutional (ICI) Sector

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) contracted AET Group Ltd. to undertake work to better understand organic waste management in Canada’s ICI sector. Consultants Paul van der Werf and Peter Hargreave will present findings from their research, including:
  • quantity of food and organic waste generated by different types of ICI facilities
  • policies supporting organics diversion from the ICI sector
  • business costs associated with collecting ICI source-separated organic waste
  • on-site organic waste processing technologies in use in Canada
The consultant report and presentation deck will be available upon request following the webinar. Please register for the webinar to request a copy of the consultant report and presentation.

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 1pm - 2pm EDT
Participants will receive a meeting link prior to the webinar. The webinar will be presented in English.
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
Webinar: Realizing Technology Innovations to Recirculate Plastics

This webinar will focus on the unique experiences of five leading Canadian companies working on collaborative projects aimed at scaling, commercializing, and deploying solutions for developing a circular economy for plastics in Canada. Discussions will include an examination of the technological, policy, investment and infrastructure landscape and the ongoing efforts required to bring us closer to solutions that eliminate plastic waste. Introductory remarks will be provided by George Roter, Managing Director of the Canada Plastics Pact and the moderator will be Elena Mantagaris, VP of the CIAC Plastics Division.

Date: Monday, June 7, 2020
Time: 12pm-1pm PT / 3pm-4pm ET
CHES - 2021 Webinar series
12pm - 1pm EST

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 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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