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June 17, 2021
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CCGHC Spotlight
*NEW* We just released our annual report!

The Green Health Care Report is our first annual report, and provides insights into the state of green health care.

Key highlights include:
  • Ten trends in green health care
  • Capacity Building
  • Sustainability Champions
  • The Next Generation
Webinar: Reuse and Repurpose - Capturing Existing Asset Value

If you missed out on our collaborative webinar with Ecosystem Energy on reusing and repurposing to capture existing asset value, you can now access the recording on our website.
We are hiring!

We are looking for a software developer who is knowledgeable in ASP.NET and SQL server, to work on an online data dashboard for an upcoming project.

Position: Environmental Dashboard Developer
Location: This is a virtual position
Application deadline: June 24, 2021
Start date: As soon as possible
Position duration: 6-month contract
Salary: $4,083/month

Do share with your network and help us find a great candidate ASAP!
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.
Green Office Toolkit

The Green Offices Toolkit, designed to simplify and inspire the ‘greening’ of your health care practices. Here you will find practical and affordable ideas to make eco-friendly office improvements
CASCADES Listening Tour session 1: Taking the pulse
Centre for Sustainable Health Systems

CASCADES (Creating a Sustainable Canadian Health System in a Climate Crisis) seeks to engage the health care community in climate action - that means they need to hear from you! On July 7, they are kicking off the CASCADES Listening Tour, a series of sessions aimed at actively engaging individuals and organisations across the country on health system sustainability. Join in to discuss how CASCADES can best contribute to the cumulative and coordinated growth of sustainable health system capacity in Canada.

This session will be of interest to clinicians and administrators who are leading, engaged in, or poised to execute sustainability initiatives in their care settings. They want to learn what you are working on, what barriers you face, and how CASCADES might add value to/support your work.

Date: July 7th, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
Free energy management course released online
RETScreen Expert

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Energy Management Powered by RETScreen, is now available free of charge on the popular edX education platform. The course is offered in both English and French by HEC Montréal, one of the leading business schools in the world. Course registration opened on June 16 and the course will launch on June 30. A paid certification option is also available on edX and includes a 90-day trial of the Professional mode of RETScreen Expert.
Nova Scotia gets funding for health care and LTC facilities 
REMI Network

Canada and Nova Scotia announced new funding to renovate and rehabilitate 40 health care and long-term care (LTC) facilities across the province to improve patient and staff safety and create healthier and more sustainable environments. Seven projects will see upgrades and repairs to hospitals and health care centres. These include the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Glace Bay Hospital, Nova Scotia Hospital and Veterans Memorial Building, Valley Regional Hospital, and Aberdeen Hospital. Investments will also upgrade 33 LTC facilities across the province.
Waterloo Region will save up to $6 million annually when producers take on full cost of recycling
The Record

The cost of recycling in Ontario will be entirely covered by producers, according to an announcement from the province. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced last week that producers of products will begin paying for all the recycling programs in the province, with a staggered rollout beginning in 2023. Waterloo Region’s transition to fully producer-funded will happen in March 2024, according to the province’s released schedule. For Waterloo Region, this will mean a savings of two to six million dollars per year, according to Jon Arsenault, the director of waste management services at the Region of Waterloo. This is a good first step towards a shared responsibility within the supply chain.
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.
Groundbreaking Edmonton-Calgary heavy-duty hydrogen truck pilot ready to roll
Electric Autonomy

Earlier this month, the federal government announced it will spend $2.3 million to build a hydrogen fuelling station in Edmonton. The investment is the final, essential key needed to initiate a groundbreaking venture designed to showcase the potential of hydrogen fuel cells for powering heavy-duty vehicles in Canada. In addition to the fuelling station, the $9.2-million Alberta Zero Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project involves the design and manufacture of two Canadian-made, heavy-duty, hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid trucks that will transport freight year-round between Edmonton and Calgary in 2022. This could translate to greener shipment options for health care equipment. Every part of the supply chain certainly counts!
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.
Health Services and Policy Research - Catching up on Climate Change

How can environmental sustainability be meaningfully incorporated into health service and policy research? Join this session for an overview of the work being done to embed sustainability into the HSPR curriculum at IHPME (supported by an Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize), and into HSPR research across Canada.
Featuring IHSPR Scientific Director Dr. Rick Glazier.

Date: June 22, 2021
Time: 12-1 pm EST
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: 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. 

In the upcoming fourth episode titled "Active Materials and Cells", the panelists will focus on active materials and cells. Canada has huge growth potential in this sector, but the cost of manufacturing continues to be a recurring issue. 

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 1 pm EDT
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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