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September 11, 2019
Coalition Welcomes Neil Ritchie as New Exectuive Director
Ron Durocher, Chair of the Board of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health care is pleased to announce Neil Ritchie has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Neil replaces Linda Varangu, the founding Executive Director who will stay on to work on the Coalition's climate change portfolio.

“I’m delighted to work with a group of people that are so passionate about their work and who have accomplished so much to reduce health care’s carbon footprint,” said Ritchie.

Previously, Neil led the Green Health Leaders Initiative for the Coalition which focused on enabling health executives, physician leaders and board members to become better environmental stewards. Neil is an experienced health care executive who has worked as a CEO, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of large, multi-site academic teaching centers, regional health authorities and community hospitals in Canada. He’s also worked as an executive with number of health technology start-up companies. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta.
Coalition Wins Climate Leadership GOLD
Health Care Without Harm is pleased to announce the 2019 Climate Champions of the Health Care Climate Challenge. Recognized this year is the largest group of award winners in the history of the Climate Challenge: over 40 participating institutions from 15 countries.

These hospitals, health systems and health organisations are at the forefront of the transformation to climate-smart health care around the world. The Climate Champions are achieving significant reductions to their carbon footprint, developing low-carbon models of care, adapting to stand resilient to a changing climate and advocating for policies to protect the future health of the planet.

As the Climate Champions near their targets and objectives, they are challenging themselves to go further and setting their sights on bold, new objectives. Goals to achieve carbon neutrality and power hospitals on 100% renewable electricity are growing in every part of the world. They are raising the bar and defining what truly climate-smart health care can be. It is this ambition that is driving change in the health care sector and inspiring the movement to grow each year.

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care  Gold - Climate Leadership

We are excited to also recognize our Canadian co-recipients and extend to them a hearty congratulations.

Fraser Health  
Silver - GHG Reduction (Energy)
Silver - Climate Resilience
Provincial Health Services Authority
Silver - GHG Reduction (Energy)

Synergie Santé Environnement  
Gold - Climate Leadership
University Health Networ k          
Gold - Climate Resilience
Gold - Climate Leadership

Vancouver Coastal Healt
Silver - GHG Reduction (Energy)
As the only sector with healing as its mission, health care has an opportunity to use its ethical, economic, and political influence to be a leader in climate solutions.
Learn more HERE.
First Nations Health Facilities Embrace ENERGY STAR® with Positive Results
One of the inescapable realities of living in Canada’s remote northern communities is the cost premium residents and local businesses are obliged to pay for food, fuel and scarce technical expertise. Case in point; the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) which up until recently had to rely on much of its technical energy management expertise and service work from urban southern locations including Timmins, North Bay, and Sudbury to service their twenty plus buildings in the James Bay communities of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Peawanuck, Moose Factory and Moosonee. But all that changed when staff took matters into their own hands.

Jean Arsenault, WAHA’s Manager of Engineering Services, is proud of his team and the efforts they are putting in to accomplish all retrofits with in-house labour. “This has made the guys feel like they are part of the solution,” says Arsenault, “Rather than have them stand back and watch outside contractors complete the upgrades at a much higher price.”
Get the full story HERE.
Coalition Featured in Recent BioLAB Business Journal Energy consumed in Canadian laboratories and research centres adds up quickly providing lots of potential for energy savings and reduced GHG emissions. A typical lab fume hood with a sash opening of 50 percent 24/7 can consume the yearly energy equivalent of four typical Canadian households. Check out What McGill University and LifeLabs are doing to reduce their ecological impact and set an example for others. See pages 14-17 HERE.
Green Hospital Scorecard Report ALMOST Ready for Launch
“Greening” at many North American hospitals is taking place at an ever increasing rate. Implementation of energy and water conservation efforts, integration of waste management strategies, initiatives in pollution prevention, and example- setting through corporate leadership, planning and management are all highlighted in the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care’s upcoming 2017 Green Hospital Scorecard Project Report to be released soon. To learn more about the Scorecard, visit us HERE .
Major Energy Retrofit Guidelines for Commercial and Institutional Buildings Released
The recently released Hospital Module complements the proven energy retrofit approach outlined in the earlier Principles Module and discusses strategies, priorities and opportunities specific to hospitals.
The guide is divided into three parts:
  1. Energy Retrofit Opportunities in Hospitals: Provides an overview of Canadian hospitals. Subsections present background information on each retrofit stage and key retrofit measures, with a focus on small and medium-sized hospitals.
  2. Case Study: The case study showcases a successful major energy retrofit project.
  3. My Facility: This take-away section provides an Energy Efficiency Opportunity Questionnaire to assist you in identifying opportunities in your facility.

Download the 77-page Guide HERE.
NRCan Launches New Energy Manager Program
Natural Resources Canada launched a new Energy Manager Program that will help industrial, commercial and institutional facilities identify and adopt energy efficiency solutions, with the aim to reduce energy use, operating costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Energy Manager Program is offering funding for the following three components:
  • Energy Manager: Hire an energy manager and receive up to 75% of total project costs (100% for non-profit) to a maximum of $100,000 per organization.
  • Energy Assessment: Conduct an energy assessment of a building or industrial facility and receive up to 75% of total project costs (100% for non-profit) to a maximum of $40,000 per assessment and $200,000 per organization.
  • Fleet Energy Assessment: Conduct an energy assessment of a fleet (medium Class 5, 6, or heavy-duty Class 7, 8a, 8b) and receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum of $10,000 per fleet assessment and $50,000 per organization.
The Energy Manager Program is available to:
·          Small and medium-sized enterprises (with fewer than 500 employees) ;
·          Municipalities;
·          Universities, colleges, schools;
·          Hospitals;
·          Non-profit organizations.
These organisations must be duly incorporated or formed under the laws applicable in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or New Brunswick , and located in one of these provinces — provinces where the federal carbon pricing backstop applies.

For more details and how to apply, check out the Energy Manager Program .
We encourage you to share this information with your network.
The deadline for submitting a project proposal is September 30, 2019 .
For more information, email us at .
Health Authorities Looking Locally in Effort to Improve N.L. Hospital Food
What comes to mind when you hear the words "hospital food?" A movement afoot in Newfoundland and Labrador's four health authorities is setting out to change your impression of hospital food while boosting the province's agriculture sector. Could local food be the answer? Read the CBC report HERE.
Call to Action on Climate Change & Health
Climate change is already harming the mental and physical health of Canadians – with wildfires, smoke-laden air, floods, emergency evacuations, power shortages, food insecurity, insect-borne diseases, hurricanes and heatwaves – that are becoming more frequent and more intense as the temperature rises.  

To keep global warming from exceeding 1.5 oC, we must cut global emissions by 45% by 2030. This means we have 11 years to put the policies and programs needed in place. CAPE, working in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), developed a Call to Action on Climate Change and Health. With this Call to Action, we are calling on all national political parties in Canada to make a commitment to keep global warming below 1.5 oC and to come up with comprehensive, evidence-based plans that will ensure Canada does its fair share. 

Sign the Call to Action HERE and show national political parties that Canadians want a healthy planet and healthy people.
Climate Change Resources at your Fingertips
Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Coalition is able to offer a growing list of climate change resiliency resources to help you and your organisation prepare for the impacts of climate change. Visit our Mentoring Project home page HERE to access hundreds of case studies, presentations, infographics, and government and non-government publications.
Join the Coalition's Q&A ListServ
For years, the Coalition has offered an online Question and Answer ListServ giving you access to some of the most engaged green health care stewards in Canada. Have a question about greening your health care organisation? Email to be added or to 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
Energy Performance Webinar - September 12
The IESO is now offering customers the opportunity to enrol single facilities under the Energy Performance Program (EPP). Learn how the Save on Energy EPP can reward your business to grow energy savings year-over-year by making behavioural and operational changes complementary to capital investment projects.
DATE: September 12, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
For more information on the program, please visit the Energy Performance Program webpage or send an email to
ONLY a couple weeks until .....
 39th Annual CHES National Conference
Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society
"The "HUB" that enables resiliency in healthcare"
September 22 - 24, 2019
Saskatoon Arts & Convention Centre
TCU Place, Saskatoon SK
Visit the conference website for more information on programs, pricing and accommodations. Vendors welcome.
National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week - October 20-26, 2019
#NHFEW is just 6 weeks away! 
Start planning now
Recognize yourself, your department and your staff during Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week. Make sure everybody knows the vital role played by CHES members in maintaining a safe, secure and functioning environment for your institution.
Ideas for Posters ... Notices ... Tent Cards ... and more online at  
Order CHES Pormotional swag for events planned for your facility at
Celebraton Ideas:
• Hold an “Open House” and invite your institution’s employees to tour the facilities.
• Serve cake or local food treats.
• Hang a banner in your institution
• Recognize the staff members in your department though advertising their successes. Use internal websites and or Social media (Don’t forget to use #NHFEW)
• Hold weekly or daily draws or contests with prizes for the winners (possibly some suppliers will assist)
Livable Cities Forum - Building Better Communities Through Resilience
The Livable Cities Forum is less than 2 months away, and we are thrilled to share some of our speakers with you. 
The program brings together a diverse group of panellists, workshop hosts, and speakers from across North America who will share stories, innovative ideas, and lessons learned on the conference themes and engage in thoughtful, valuable dialogue with delegates. Practitioners and experts include:
  • Dr. Courtney Howard, CAPE
  • Dr. Ann Dale, Royal Roads University
  • Mary Rowe, Canadian Urban Institute

Join leading organisations in resilience and learn from first-hand accounts of resilience actions. Learn more HERE.
Invitation to Participate in the International Award 2020 Climate Change and Sustainability of Healthcare System
The effects of Climate Change on human health and wellbeing are increasingly gaining universal recognition. The growing importance of the healthcare system role and its potential especially contributes to Community Preparation for the prevention and reduction of risks related to climate change effects (adaptation to climate change) as well as reducing the negative effects of inevitable climate-related disasters (risk reductions). It is vital to continue to raise awareness of this issue both internally to the health community as well as the external community at all levels and its governing structures. To this end, IFHE and SIAIS have decided to create a specific International Award 2020 “Climate Change and Sustainability of the Healthcare System.” Details HERE .
RENDEZ-VOUS Sustainable Healthcare Focus on Climate Change
Save the Date - October 15, 2019
Join guest speakers from Sweden, France, Canada and the USA as they share ideas and expertise on climate change and sustainable healthcare.
Panels, conferences, discussions, networking...
Please complete the preregistration form HERE to show your support.
NERC's Webinar Series Continues With Packaging - October 24, 2019
The Canadian Packaging EPR webinar will detail Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia's packaging EPR programs. Webinar presenters include: Mathieu Guillemette, Senior Director of Services to Municipalities, Eco Enterprises Quebec; Joanne St. Goddard, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario; and David Lefebvre, Director of Public Affairs, Recycle BC.
Register HERE.

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