A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative
April 12, 2021
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IFHE 2022 International Energy Awards

IFHE is launching its first-ever energy awards program to honour health care facilities for reducing their energy use. Any health care facility with a 5% or greater energy reduction is eligible. Winners will be recognized at the IFHE 2022 Congress in Toronto.
CHES will be hosting a webinar in collaboration with the Coalition to provide information and instructions on how facilities can participate in this new IFHE Award Program.

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 
Time: 12:00 pm EDT 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is very pleased to be collaborating with the CHES 2022 National Conference | IFHE 2022 Congress to provide this international award opportunity to health care organisations throughout Canada!
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 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.

The GHG+H2O Green Facility Toolkit provides health care organisations with a specialised package of educational materials, awareness tools, and technical resources. 
The Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) launches an introductory RETScreen® Expert course course

CIET recently delivered the first Introduction to RETScreen® Expert course, and has received a very positive response from participants. The 1-day course is delivered by an instructing duo, with Stephen Dixon leading the course presentations, and Adam Dixon providing one-on-one coaching and troubleshooting to help participants move along in RETScreen® Expert. The course is aimed at those with little to no previous experience with the RETScreen® Expert software who are finding themselves involved in the analysis or management of energy use or GHG emissions in buildings and facilities.
Is modular construction the way forward?

First Community Housing and SERA Architects announced a partnership last year to build a 66-unit housing project in Morgan Hill, California, using modular construction techniques, with 100% of the units to be used as affordable housing. This project offers a chance to explore healthier material solutions that leverage the technologies and standardized processes that are characteristic, or at least available to, the modular construction industry. Perhaps a modular construction approach might be a future possibility given the rapidly dwindling ICU capacities during a nationwide health emergency.
How to Avoid Generator Failure in Hospitals
Healthcare Facilities Today

In hospitals and other critical facilities, standby engine generators (code-required emergency and optional) are normally idle and need to quickly and reliably start when utility power fails for more than a few seconds. And they need to run for the duration of the utility outage, and sometimes longer. However, there are scenarios when generators can fail. Read the full article to learn about the common failure modes and ways to avoid them.
Did You Know?
We recently created a map of green teams in Canadian hospitals. Check out the map HERE to look at the various green teams and to get your site up on the map!
NRCan seeks recipients for up to 50 per cent funding for EV charging infrastructure
Electric Autonomy

Natural Resource Canada (NRCan) has launched the newest phase of its zero emission vehicle infrastructure program (ZEVIP), with proposal submissions due by June 22, 2021. The ZEVIP is a five-year federal program, ending in 2024, that exists to “address the lack of charging and refuelling stations in Canada; one of the key barriers to ZEV adoption,” according to NRCan. As such, it is an integral part of the federal government’s plans to build more extensive EV charging infrastructure across Canada. There is a wide range of entities eligible for ZEVIP, including academic institutions, companies registered both in Canada and abroad, as well as provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments. Click the button below to learn more and apply!
Electric Autonomy launches handy EV tracker
Electric Autonomy

Canada’s transition to electric vehicles depends on many factors, but none rank higher than choice for buyers — both in terms of model selection and vehicle availability. Today, the lineup of EVs available to Canadian buyers is growing rapidly. Mainstream legacy automakers, early EV pioneers and emerging startups are rolling out emissions-free electric vehicles in every category. Some traditional carmakers have committed to a complete changeover to battery electric in the coming years. This EV tracker is Electric Autonomy's running tally of manufacturers’ battery electric car and light-duty truck model commitments, launches and planned dates of arrival in the Canadian market. Be sure to check back often for the most up-to-date information.
Download COVID Alert today
COVID Alert is Canada's free COVID-19 exposure notification app. It can alert you to possible exposures before you have symptoms. It is available for both iOS and Android.
Environmental services (EVS) competency model

This is the first interactive competency model tool for health care environmental services professionals, including technicians, supervisors, managers and directors, and may be used to create job descriptions, assess performance and guide professional development; self-assess skill levels and training needs and set improvement goals; and determine staff training needs. Guidelines were developed for acute care hospitals, but may be used in a variety of health care settings as most of the core competencies have broad applicability.
Be sure to 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. As a key partner in this initiative, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is helping bring this critical training opportunity to the health care field and champion sound decision-making and positive behaviours in a time of crisis.

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 Webinar: Cross-Country Leaders Sharing Design and Operational Lessons from COVID-19

Learning objectives:
  • Learn about major redevelopment projects in regions across Canada & specific operational and design changes are being made in light of COVID-19
  • Insights on how to improve health systems through facility design and operations
  • Improvements for future pandemics and emergencies

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 1 pm EDT – 2:15 pm EDT (Toronto)
Format: Moderated Discussion followed by live Audience Q&A
Price: $65.00 (Including GST and fees)
Launch event: Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization

Don't miss out on joining Health Care Without Harm at the 2021 Skoll World Forum to launch its Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization: A navigational tool for achieving zero emissions with climate resilience and health equity. This tool is the first endeavour to chart a worldwide course toward zero-emissions health care.

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm CET/ 11:00 am EDT
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
CHES 2021 Awards - Call for nominations

CHES is seeking nominations for their 2021 awards. Members are reminded to nominate a deserving member or facility for one of these prestigious awards.

Hans Burgers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare Engineering
This award is presented to a resident of Canada as a mark of recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of health care engineering. Candidates must be members of CHES and the achievements can be either a series of contributions or one outstanding contribution.

Wayne McLellan Award of Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Management
This award recognizes facilities that have had outstanding success in the completion of a major capital project, an energy efficiency program, an environmental stewardship program, or in a team building exercise.

Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2021.
CHES - 2021 Webinar series
12pm - 1pm EST

Wednesday April 21, 2021- Understanding and Preventing Floor Covering Failure
Speaker:  Chris Maskell

Wednesday May 12, 2021 - Infection Prevention Through Design & Innovation
Speaker:  Vicky Diab, BA

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 21 avril 2021 – Comprendre et prévenir l’inefficacité des revêtements de sol
Orateur:  Chris Maskell

Mercredi 12 mai 2021 – Prévention des infections fondée sur la conception et l’innovation
Orateur:  Vicky Diab, BA

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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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. www.greenhealthcare.ca 
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