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A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative

RETScreen is a Clean Energy Management Software system for energy efficiency, renewable energy and co generation project feasibility analysis as well as ongoing energy performance analysis. Learn more HERE .
February 17, 2020
Zero-Emissions Vehicle Project Launches
Advancing awareness, support and adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and technology in Canada’s health services sector

We are excited to announce a new collaboration with a Canadian leader in electric vehicle education and training - Plug'n Drive.

The zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) initiative just launched will advance awareness and use of lower-carbon transportation options within Canada’s health services sector. It will help raise awareness of energy-efficient technologies and practices, and lower-carbon vehicles, fuels and infrastructure requirements within the sector.

" The biggest barrier to EV adoption is a lack of understanding about the significant environmental and economic benefits of using electricity instead of fossil fuels," said Cara Clairman, President and CEO of Plug'n Drive. "The health care sector can play an important role in bridging this knowledge gap by engaging hospital staff and making hospital locations EV-friendly environments by offering charging and EV education."

The project team will work with multiple stakeholder groups including senior administrative leaders, medical staff, support staff from facilities and engineering, purchasing and finance, visitors and patients as well as vendors and third-party contractors to enhance understanding and uptake of ZEV technologies.

Collaborators will advance awareness and knowledge of ZEVs and the infrastructure required to support them, increase the understanding and capacity of the sector with regard to charging and fueling opportunities, and provide collateral and resources to enhance understanding and adoption of ZEV technology.

Visit our new ZEV Resources page HERE .
We want your ZEV success stories
If your hospital or LTC home has adopted zero-emissions vehicle technologies, we want to hear your story. Possibly even profile you and brag about your successes. Please email us at
RETScreen Expert Software Webinar
First Health Care RETScreen Webinar of 2020
The Coalition is once again please to offer a health care-specific RETScreen Expert Software training webinar.

March 11th, 2020.

The NEW RETScreen webinar will focus on renewable energy technologies and how RETScreen Expert Energy Management Software can help health care energy managers quickly identify, assess and optimize the technical and financial viability of energy projects while assisting them to improve their climate change impact resilience.

  • JJ Knott, HealthCare Energy Leaders Canada – Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • Stephen Dixon, Energy Consultant, Know Energy
  • Dan Ritchie, Green Hospital Scorecard – Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care

This webinar suitable for:
  • Energy managers
  • Facility managers and operators
  • Energy centre managers and operators
  • Project managers and capital planning staff
  • Climate change resiliency planners
  • Finance officers
  • Procurement officers

RETScreen is a comprehensive “made-in-Canada” clean energy management software platform that enables health care energy and building professionals to identify and assess the viability of energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration projects; and measure and verify the actual and ongoing energy performance of hospitals, long-term care homes, and energy plants. Details HERE.
Register HERE
DATE: Wednesday March 11, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
As we plan for this webinar, and to better understand your needs, we want to hear from you with questions you may have about using RETScreen Expert or about potential application areas. We may even create a case study or two around some of these questions! Please email questions to

All webinar attendees will receive a free 90-day trial of RETScreen Expert Professional mode.
Deadline Reminder...
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is pleased to announce the seventh year of the Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) program and extends an invitation to all hospitals to participate! Last year we had submissions from across Canada and internationally.
The Scorecard provides meaningful measures of hospital operations, management, and policy adoption in the energy and environment sphere. It benchmarks environmental performance for hospitals alongside de-identified peer data and is an excellent way for hospitals to demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability.
Last year, the program collected data that reflected environmental performance in 10 categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Pollution Prevention, and Corporate Leadership, along with the addition of Transportation, Food, Climate Change and Energy Behaviour.
Benefits of participating
The GHS supports hospitals by:
  • Providing your facility a personalized Scorecard, which is an annual report to assess and communicate your performance relative to your peers. A sample scorecard can be viewed here.
  • Offering the opportunity to be individually recognized through annual Gold, Silver and Bronze-level achievements.
  • Encouraging excellence in environmental performance by honouring select participating organisations with annual Green Health Awards. Click here to review the recent recipients.
This year's survey collects data for 2018 (January – December). Submission deadline is Monday March 30 th , 2020.
The Coalition will host a free educational webinar that reviews the layout, navigating, saving and sharing the survey on February 20 th , 2020. Click here to register.
Information on how the Coalition will handle data confidentiality can be found at FAQ , or you can email .
Participation in the GHS for hospitals is free . To help cover program delivery costs we encourage all participants to become members of the Coalition. Information on becoming a member with the Coalition can be found here or contact .
A big thank you to for their continued financial support for the Ontario Green Health Care Award and the Ontario Energy Behaviour Award
Sustainable Buildings
Greening Design Trends for Holistic Hospitals
Green design trends for holistic hospitals improve wellness while preserving the environment and have taken numerous industries by storm, including some sectors you wouldn’t immediately expect. Sustainable layouts aren’t only for corporate offices and minimalist homes. Hospitals have also embraced environmentalism by creating holistic refuges for patients and workers.
Patients need their surroundings to be healthy and peaceful to facilitate recovery, and green design effectively accomplishes this. Click HERE for an overview of what’s trending in hospital design.
Niagara Health officials want the South Niagara hospital to be WELL
Officials have some big plans for the new South Niagara Hospital, including it becoming the first 'WELL' certified health care facility in Canada. WELL certification is based on ten concepts including air, water, light, movement, sound, and community and how they impact a persons' health. More HERE.
Waste Management
Roncesvalles Dental Centre tackles hard-to-recycle oral care waste
Roncesvalles Dental Centre has taken a major step in going green without compromising the quality of their dental products. The dental office is the latest business in Toronto to join TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box program, an initiative that gives patients and community members the opportunity to recycle toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, caps, packaging, and floss containers — items that cannot be recycled at home. More HERE.
'Use by' or 'best before'? Nestlé signs food waste pact to tackle label confusion
An anti-food waste pact has been signed by more than 40 food players in France, including Nestlé, Danone, Carrefour, and Intermarché. The agreement aims to collectively reduce ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ date confusion on-pack.
Read Flora Southey's article HERE.

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Climate Change Resources
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has the resources you need to help your facility take action on climate change.
Green Hospital Scorecard
The Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) is the only comprehensive health care benchmarking tool in Canada measuring energy conservation, water conservation, waste management and recycling, corporate commitment and pollution prevention.

In addition, sector-wide responses to the questions on Transportation, Food, Energy Behaviour and Climate Change will be shared through our sector report. Responses to the Climate Change questions in particular will reveal what climate-related impacts are affecting health care facilities, and help prepare for future actions.

The Coalition is currently receiving data for the Green Hospital Scorecard. Register for the free educational webinar (February 20th, 12:00 PM (ES T) here . Learn how the Scorecard can help you improve your organisation's ecological footprint. If your hospital site is interested in participating, email Dan Ritchie at
Publication: Health Care's Climate Footprint
Health Care Without Harm has recently made available a new publication from their Climate-Smart Health Care Series available HERE . Get this free download and learn how the health sector contributes to the global climate crisis and what opportunities are available to you to take action.
Resiliency Toolkit
The Health Care Facility Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit was developed to help health care facilities become more resilient to climate-related risks. Co-developed with support from the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Health Canada the Toolkit includes a checklist with questions in many areas, such as: emergency management, facilities management, health care services and supply chain management. Completion of the assessme nt checklists by officials with knowledge and experience in these areas will increase awareness and inform resiliency activities. Download HERE .
CPHA Policy and Position Statement
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) provides a Policy and Position Statement on Climate Change and Human Health, which also provides an overview of the issues and actions in Canada. More HERE .
Climate Change Resiliency Profiles
The Coalition's case studies showcase the resiliency efforts and disaster responses of some leading health care facilities from across Canada and the U.S. Click HERE to download your free copies and share them with your Green Team members and fellow resiliency advocates.
OTHER Coalition climate change resources also available HERE .
Join the Coalition's Q&A ListServ
The Coalition is pleased to offer an online Question and Answer ListServ giving you access to some of the most brilliant and engaged green health care practitioners in Canada. Have a question about greening your health care organisation? Join by s ending an email to: or Email to be added or share a question.
Do you tweet? We do.
Please join us in the wonderful world of Twitter as we share the latest in Coalition news and initiatives. Find us at @CCGHC
CHES 2020 Awards - Call for Nominations & Grant Submissions
Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2020
CHES is seeking nominations for the 2020 Awards. Members are reminded to nominate a deserving member or facility for one of these prestigious awards today!

Hans Burgers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare Engineering
Wayne McLellan Award of Excellenc e in Healthcare Facilities Management

CHES is also seeking booth sponsors and candidates for the 2020 Young Professionals Grant. The application forms for Sponsors and Candidates are available on the  CHES Website .
Prix 2020 de la SCISS – Appels à mises en candidature et demandes de subvention
Date limite des soumissions : 30 avril 2020
a SCISS est à la recherche de candidatures pour ses Prix 2019. Il est rappelé aux membres qu’ils peuvent dès aujourd’hui proposer la candidature d’un membre méritant ou d’un établissement performant pour l’un de ces prix prestigieux !

Prix Hans Burgers pour contribution exceptionnelle à l’ingénierie des services de santé
Prix d’excellence Wayne McLellan en gestion des établissements de santé

/ La SCISS est également à la recherche de commanditaires et de candidats concernant la dotation 2019 pour jeunes professionnels. Les formulaires de candidatures pour commanditaires et candidats sont mis à disposition sur le site Internet de la SCISS.
SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards
The Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of all types of sustainably-designed, high-performance Canadian residential and non-residential buildings and interiors, both new and renovated. Projects need not be certified under a green building rating system. Register now to receive your Entry Kit.
Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020
Adaptation Canada 2020 Conference
Raising our Game on Resilience (Call-to-Action)
Vancouver - February 19-21, 2020
Why Adaptation Canada 2020? No part of our lives as Canadians – and no part of our social structure, economy or environment – is immune to the impacts of climate change. Adaptation Canada 2020 is Canada’s national adaptation conference and there are so many reasons to attend. The Coalition will be participating in the Poster Session with fellow green and resilient champions Angie Woo (LMHO) and Edward Rubinstein (UHN) with the poster entitled "Measure What You Manage: Climate Impacts and Resilience on Health Facilities." Plan to attend. Learn more HERE.
CHES Ontario Conference
Engineering Sustainable Healthcare Facilities
May31-June2, 2020
Caesars Windsor
Join colleagues from across Ontario at the 40th annual CHES Ontario Trade Show and Conference.
Learn from some of Canada's brightest facility and engineering minds at this year's two-day educational event. Details HERE . Register NOW !
CHES 2020 National Conference
September 20-22, 2020
Halifax Convention Centre
Halifax, NS

Enriching Patient Experiences by Optimizing the Environment
The online booking form for booths at the CHES 2020 National Conference is now available.
We encourage you to submit your contract to exhibit as soon as possible to ensure space is available.
Remember to ask about being placed in the CHES National Conference Green Park where participating vendors have goods and services with a clear environ mental advantage to Canada's health service sector.

See you in Halifax!
CHES 2020 Webinar Series

Online Registration is open for the 2020 Webinar Series.  
The 2020 CHES Webinar Dates and Topics are listed below.  
Wednesday February 19, 2020 - Move Your RFP From a Grade C to an A+ and Five Things You Can Do Today! Speaker: Jake Smithwick, PhD, MPA
Wednesday March 25, 2020 - Isolation Room Design
Speakers:  Jessica Fullerton, B. Sc. M. Sc., CIC; Nick Stark, P. Eng., CED, LEED AP, ICD.D
Wednesday April 15, 2020 - Commissioning in a Health Care Facility
Speaker:  Wayne Stokes, CET Arch, FMA, RPA.
Wednesday May 20, 2020 - An Overview of Smoke / Fire Doors and the 2015 NBC 
Speaker:  Ben Coles, M.Sc.E., MBA, P. Eng., PE
Wednesday June 17, 2020 - Optimizing Design with Virtual and MIxed Reality (AR/VR)
Speaker:  Daniel Doherty, BTech, C.E.T., CM BIM
Wednesday October 21, 2020 - CSA Z317.13-17 Role of the Multi-Disciplinary Team - Pros and Cons
Speaker:  Wayne Stokes, CET arch, FMA, RPA
Wednesday November 18, 2020 - Awareness / Update on Med Gas Qualified Operators
Speaker: Roger Holliss

Visit the website for more details as they become available or to register!    

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