The Green Digest
A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative
November 12, 2020
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Join the Coalition on it's 20 year journey! This animated timeline highlights the various milestones that we've achieved over the past two decades.
We are hiring!
The Coalition is looking to hire a Junior Software Engineer for an upcoming project. The primary task of the Junior Software Engineer is to work with a senior Software Engineer to develop a new web application that will gradually replace a legacy Excel program known as the Green Hospital Scorecard.

Click HERE to view the full job posting. 

Send your application to Krishna Akella at
Did you know that you could be recognized as a Sustainability Champion?
The Coalition recognizes industry partners for their exemplary commitment to sustainability and their work in that regard. 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
Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) sponsorship opportunity
It's that time of the year where we are readying the Green Hospital Scorecards to be sent out, following which the top performers in various categories will be announced.

If you are interested in becoming a GHS award sponsor, please get in touch with our Executive Director, Neil Ritchie ( to begin a conversation.
Championing Green Health Care podcast

Host: Ozora Amin, Health Services Researcher

Guest: Dusanka Filipovic
Founder, President and Vice Chair at Blue-Zone Technologies

Date: November 26, 2020

Register HERE to be notified when the podcast goes live!
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.
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.
UC San Francisco study focuses on global impact for major cancers and steps needed to lessen risks
Climate change will bring an acute toll worldwide, with rising temperatures, wildfires and poor air quality, accompanied by higher rates of cancer, especially lung, skin and gastrointestinal cancers, according to a new report from UC San Francisco. In an analysis of nearly five dozen published scientific papers, the researchers provided a synopsis of future effects from global warming on major cancers, from environmental toxins to ultraviolet radiation, air pollution, infectious agents and disruptions in the food and water supply.  

More HERE.
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020 delivers leading speakers and compelling discussions via an immersive virtual platform
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) returns on 15 November, 2020, offering an impressive range of speakers, networking opportunities, discussions and presentations that explore global health challenges, and – all presented through a purpose-built 3D virtual platform. In light of the current pandemic, the biennial global gathering of health care leaders is being held online, will be free to attend and, for the first time, members of the public are being invited to register. Additionally, WISH 2020 will take place over five days rather than the usual two, running from 15-19 November, 2020.

More HERE.

Register HERE.
Ottawa Greening Health Care Journal Club
Canada’s public sector plays a vital role in achieving national carbon targets. Health care contributes to ~4.6% of Canadian carbon emissions, yet the conservative nature of medicine makes our sector slow to respond. The Ottawa Greening Health care Journal Club aims to improve literacy of measuring sustainability in hospitals. Topics on climate accounting, prioritization and pragmatic behaviour change will build to a yearly event where projects are co-designed. 

Learning objectives: Carbon footprinting in health care, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in health care and change management

Frequency: Monthly
Every month on the Last Mon, 2 occurrence(s)
Next session: Nov 30, 2020 04:00 PM EST

Format: 1 hour zoom meeting. The presenter will provide a 10-20mins summary of the paper/report/training course which will be recorded through zoom. Clarification questions are encouraged, but participants should note this opening summary is being recorded. Then there will be an open discussion that is not recorded. 

Membership: Ontario based health care community

Contact Curtis at to express your interest in participation.
Waste and health care: What to watch for as a new task force gets to work
Whenever a government undertakes a significant project, it's always good to know which questions are being asked — and who's asking them. On Thursday last week, Premier Andrew Furey followed through with a promise to set up a task force on health care, to look at critical issues in the near-term, and develop a 10-year plan for the long-term. Health Accord NL, it will be called, although it's more precisely called the Task Force on health care.

More HERE.
Anchor Collaborative Program launch webinar
Nourish is seeking its next cohort for a two-year leadership innovation program that will support health care and community collaborations innovating through food to build health for people and the planet. Tune in on Tuesday, November 24th, from 12pm-1:30pm ET for the recruitment kickoff webinar to learn about the 6-month capacity building period that precedes the cohort selection. 

More HERE.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a new resource on surface decontamination
"The health care environment contains a diverse population of microorganisms. Surfaces contaminated with microorganisms can serve as reservoirs of potential pathogens. Many of these microorganisms are continuously shed or spread by direct skin contact onto surrounding environment surfaces." The report goes on to talk about the six core components of environmental cleaning and disinfection in hospitals.

More HERE.
COVID-19 resources for EVS professionals 2020
AHE's continually updated COVID-19 resource page is filled with guidance, education and tools to assist EVS leaders in reducing the spread of infection.

More HERE.
Meet Ivy - Ontario's largest, most connected EV fast-charger network
Ivy's first 43 sites are scheduled to be completed in 2020, with the remaining 30 scheduled for completion in 2021. Ivy is building Ontario’s largest, most connected fast-charger network with 73 locations and 160 chargers across the province.

More HERE.
Toronto joins other Canadian cities with curbside EV charging launch
A joint effort between Toronto Hydro, the city and a national EV charging network is bringing neighbourhood charging options to local drivers in Toronto who use street parking at their residence. Nine locations throughout the city have been chosen for the initial opening phase of the pilot, with Level 2 chargers — supplied by AddÉnergie’s subsidiary FLO — attached to existing utility poles. The pilot will run for one year.

More HERE.
Visit the Mobile EV Education Trailer (MEET) in Ottawa
The Mobile Electric Vehicle Education Trailer (MEET) is an EV Discovery Centre on wheels that can remain active in one location for weeks or months at a time. It comes equipped with trained EV specialists, informational displays about the benefits of driving electric in Canada as well as an EV test drive activity. The MEET is onsite at IKEA Ottawa from October to December 2020. Appointments available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Book your appointment HERE.
A BIG thank you to for their continued financial support for the Ontario Green Health Care Award and the Ontario Energy Behaviour Award
Greening Health Care (GHC) webinar
The low carbon future is transforming hospital infrastructure. Every capital project has to be examined through the greenhouse gas emissions lens, avoiding like-for-like equipment replacements in favour of low carbon alternatives. Join us on November 18 to hear about the latest case studies, the equipment and technologies involved and the win-win of deep emissions reductions with lower life-cycle costs.
  1. Market update – latest news on federal/provincial infrastructure funding
  2. Closing the loop – profiling our top-10 savings hospitals
  • panel discussion on the most effective strategies
  1. Building momentum – working towards your low carbon heating plant
  • reducing the thermal load – a deeper dive into thermal recovery wheels
  • identifying and procuring low carbon equipment replacement options
  • the latest Roadmap – Kitchener Waterloo Hospital

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Register HERE to reserve your FREE spot now!
CHES 2021 national conference - call for abstracts
Speaker abstracts are now being accepted for the 2021 CHES National Conference. This year, the theme is "enriching patient experiences by optimizing the environment".
Deadline of submission: November 30, 2020

Event date: October 17-19, 2021
Venue: Halifax Convention Centre, Halifax NS

More HERE.
Updates on Save On Energy programs
Save On Energy has updated a few of their programs recently. Use the links below to learn more:
  1. 2021-2024 conservation and demand management framework - Click HERE.
  2. Existing Save On Energy program application deadlines - click HERE.
  3. IESO efficiency auction pilot webinar - click HERE.
  4. Mid-tier commercial study and webinar - click HERE to stay tuned on how to register for the webinar that will be held on November 25, 2020.
Circular Economy Solutions Series
Prior to the pandemic, jurisdictions around the world were making huge inroads towards developing circular plastics economies. Now, we’re using 250-300% more single-use plastics than we were before COVID-19, with potentially devastating consequences for our oceans, wildlife, and health. Tough times call for brave, bold action from leaders across the plastics value chain and a systemic approach that includes upstream and downstream sources, recycling, reducing and substituting, and collection and disposal. Join this webinar to explore not IF but HOW Canada can leverage the transition to a sustainable circular plastics economy as a strategy for post-COVID economic recovery.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2020
Time: 10:00am-11:00am PT / 1:00pm-2:00pm ET
Location: Online - Attendance is complimentary

More HERE.

Register HERE.
CHES - CALL for Submissions - Canadian Healthcare Facilities - Winter Issue / APPEL à communications - Canadian Healthcare Facilities - Numéro d’hiver
The Winter 2020/2021 issue of CHES's Journal, Canadian Healthcare Facilities (CHF), is currently seeking article submissions related to the following topics: Health care Development, Security & Life Safety, and Emergency Preparedness & Response. / Canadian Healthcare Facilities (CHF), la revue de la SCISS, a ouvert sa période de soumissions d’articles pour son édition de l'hiver 2020-2021. Les thèmes suivants sont à l’honneur : Développement des soins de la santé, Sécurité et sûreté des personnes, État de préparation et riposte aux urgences.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please contact the Journal's Editor, Clare Tattersall, at with the proposed topic. The final deadline for all pre-approved article submissions is Friday November 20th. / Si vous souhaitez soumettre un article, veuillez contacter le rédacteur en chef de la revue, Clare Tattersall, à et lui proposer votre sujet. L’échéance pour soumettre tous les articles préapprouvés est le vendredi 20 novembre 2020.
Deadline for all approved article submissions is Friday, November 20, 2020 / 
La date limite pour la soumission de tous les articles préapprouvés est le vendredi 20 novembre 2020.
The Clean Foundation is hiring
The Clean Foundation is hiring a Clean Transportation Manager who will be responsible for overseeing the pillar program for the department. Next Ride is an EV engagement and education campaign that provides Nova Scotians with the opportunity to experience EVs first-hand by going on guided test drives with their dedicated EV Engagement Specialists. The Clean Transportation Manager will also be responsible for identifying opportunities for future program growth and development and working with the Department Director and Clean’s Program Development Manager to secure funding.

See full job posting HERE.

Send your application to Erin Burbidge (she / her / hers) – Director, Clean Foundation at to express your interest.
Virtual symposium: Planning resilient communities and adapting rural health services in responding to climate change and ecosystem disruption
Running from November 30 - December 1, 2020, this virtual two-day research symposium will explore how climate change and ecosystem disruption impacts BC’s rural, remote and Indigenous communities, building resilience in response to climate change and ecosystem disruption. The goal of the event is to create a learning community in exploring and understanding the effects of ecosystem disruption on the health of rural, remote and Indigenous communities in BC.

  1. Amplifying youth voices for climate justice: Nov 30, 9:00am - 11:00am PST
  2. Community voice and system perspectives: Nov 30, 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
  3. Exploring rural health strategies to climate change: Dec 1, 9:00am - 10:30am PST
  4. Accountability framework and summary of progress: Dec1, 1:00pm to 2:30pm PST

Learn more HERE.

Register HERE.
Register for the 2020 Pollution Probe Conference & Gala
The 2020 Pollution Probe N-O-T Conference and Gala is taking place on Tuesday, November 17 at 1:00 P.M. EST, and this year it's FREE! Yes, free! Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year's conversation on environmental inequity in Canada.

Learn more HERE.

Register HERE.
Webinar series: Changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to protect vulnerable populations from hazardous chemicals
The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has announced a series of webinars focused on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), our country's main environmental legislation used to evaluate and manage substances. In this webinar series, they explore how CEPA can be strengthened to protect vulnerable communities, including children, women of childbearing age, workers, people of low income, and Indigenous communities from toxic exposures, using improved, modern approaches to advance prevention strategies from hazardous substances.

Learn more and register HERE.
Circular Procurement Virtual Series 2020
To advance circular economy in Canada we need to focus on collaboration with the public sector organisations, their suppliers and service providers – as well as the private sector and their supply chains – to put circular economy concepts into action. In concert with the WCEFonline, The Circular Innovation Council presents Circular Procurement Virtual Series 2020, a five-part webinar WCEF side event for professionals in public and private procurement functions, facility management, finance, legal, and sustainability, along with vendors and suppliers. It aims to expand knowledge of the circular economy and its benefits; and showcase critical insights and steps to consider along the journey to implementing circular procurement.

Learn more and register HERE.
CMA Awards and Nominations
The CMA Awards recognize the dedication, successes and talents of individuals who are making significant contributions to our health and health care.
The call for nominations was issued on Sept. 20, 2020 and the nomination period will close on Nov. 30, 2020. Profiles of recent award recipients and details about each award can be found below. 

More HERE.

CHES 2020 Webinar Series

Online Registration open for 2020 Webinar Series.  

Wednesday November 18, 2020 - Awareness / Update on Med Gas Qualified Operators
Speaker: Roger Holliss

Visit the CHES website for more details as they become available or to register!   
Canadian Healthcare Facilities
You don't need to be a member of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) to take advantage of all Canadian Healthcare Facilities has to offer. Check it out for engaging stories by subject matter experts on topics that matter to health care facility managers and operators. Each quarterly journal is filled with stories from CHES members about what their teams and facilities have done and continue to do to provide safe and welcoming care sites across Canada. For the latest in health care facility management articles, click HERE. To learn more about becoming a member of CHES, please visit
If you have an article to share, contact
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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