A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative
February 03, 2021
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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:

Networking and Peer Exchange Webinars
Quarterly Zoom webinars where we welcome members to benefit from a variety of greening-themed topics of interest to today’s greening health care champions

National Recognition and Pilot Projects
Members will be recognized nationally for their achievements and have priority access to lead and host pilot projects for green health care initiatives and innovations.

Governance and Voting
Members will be able to sit on the Board of Directors and vote on key operational and directional decisions for the Coalition at the annual general meeting.

Click the button below to learn more and become a member.
Join Health-Share, our online asset sharing platform for health care

It is with great pleasure that we announce the official launch of Health-Share, a joint sharing initiative of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (CCGHC) and FLOOW2 Healthcare in response to the COVID-19 crisis which has revealed urgent need for a national online platform to match resource supply and demand in Canada's health sector.

Health-Share is the sharing marketplace for Canadian Health Care. The platform brings resilience and flexibility to the sector by enabling health care organisations, hospitals and health-related businesses to efficiently match supply of and demand for medical devices, materials, and excess stock, while facilitating transparency and efficient matchmaking.

For more information on getting your own sharing platform, contact Neil Ritchie at neil.ritchie@greenhealthcare.ca.
Did you know that you could be recognized as a Sustainability Champion?

The Coalition recognizes industry partners for their exemplary commitment to sustainability. 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.

It’s time to learn more about how your company can be recognized as a Coalition Sustainability Champion. Contact our Executive Director, Neil Ritchie at neil.ritchie@greenhealthcare.ca.
Get ready for our second podcast!

We are gearing up to launch the second episode of our Championing Green Health podcast series later this month!

Our guest for the second episode is Eric Pothion, who has been working in the health care sector for 22 years, with notable organisations such as GE Healthcare and Draeger Medical, and is now the Senior Marketing Manager and Sustainability Ambassador at Philips Healthcare Canada. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about what Eric has to say on sustainability in health care!

We encourage you to submit questions for Eric to address. Use the button below to enter your question(s) in our online form. You can also sign up to get notified once the episode drops.
Symposium on climate change and the health of our communities

Climate change is now recognized as a health emergency. What can primary care providers and health professionals do to sustainably deliver care and help communities build resilience?

About the Symposium
This event will examine a variety of topics affecting patients and populations:
  • What is the evidence for health impacts of climate change?
  • What are practical opportunities to improve patient care and sustainability?
  • What can we learn from innovations in other countries?

Intended audience: family physicians, primary care providers, health professionals, students, residents, and interested health care providers.

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 1:30pm - 5:25pm EST
The impact of surgery on global climate: A carbon footprinting study of operating theatres in three health systems

Climate change is a major global public health priority. The delivery of health-care services generates considerable greenhouse gas emissions. Operating theatres are a resource-intensive subsector of health care, with high energy demands, consumable throughput, and waste volumes. The environmental impacts of these activities are generally accepted as necessary for the provision of quality care, but have not been examined in detail. This study estimates the carbon footprint of operating theatres in hospitals in three health systems.
Climate Change Resources
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has the resources you need to help your facility take action on climate change.
EVS planning for COVID-19 recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for environmental services (EVS) departments. However, the role of the EVS technician has been highlighted and recognized now more than ever before, demonstrating their front-line responsibilities for infection prevention and the important place they have on the patient care team. EVS technicians performed their life-saving work on the front lines at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y., under extreme circumstances, demonstrating resilience, agility and professionalism.
Study finds that hospital housekeepers feel underappreciated during pandemic

Frontline cleaning and maintenance staff are increasingly being hailed in some corners for their essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it appears that recognition is not necessarily being felt by certain housekeepers and related staff. A recent study published in the American Journal of Infection suggests that hospital environmental service staff, who are often charged with bolstering disinfection and reducing contact transmission, feel they provide little value to their workplaces. The study found that environmental service workers (ESWs) are not trained as well as they should be and see themselves as having low social status in comparison to other workers, despite acknowledgment of how important their work is.
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Join the Canada Plastics Pact

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) is creating a circular economy in Canada in which plastic waste is kept in the economy and out of the environment. It is a unique multi-stakeholder, industry-led, cross-value chain collaboration platform which aims to tackle plastic packaging waste and pollution by bringing together businesses, government, non-governmental organisations and other key actors in the local plastics value chain. Canada Plastics Pact Partners are united, working together on achieving clear, actionable targets by the year 2025. 
From data to action: How to reduce food waste in European health care

Hospitals across Europe face many challenges when trying to prevent and reduce food waste (and related emissions) in health care. With a recently concluded project, Health Care Without Harm (HCHW) has produced a tool to measure food waste, and help address this important issue.

This webinar will:
  • Present key outcomes from the MECAHF project.
  • Share tools to measure food waste and the carbon impact of food purchases.
  • Highlight challenges and opportunities to prevent food waste in health care settings.
  • Discuss and identify further room for action to support the communication and dissemination of the project results, and inspire other hospitals and health care providers to start tackling food waste.

Date: February 16, 2021
Time: 10am - 11am EST
Did You Know?
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care often mentors students to help them work on amazing projects dedicated to green health care.
Nanaimo Airport to welcome new free EV chargers

The EV chargers, funded through Natural Resources Canada's Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, are now available for public use and support the government's goal to have 100 percent of passenger vehicle sales being ZEV by 2040 by giving Canadians more green options on their roads to get to where they need to go. The Government of British Columbia, through the CleanBC Go Electric Program, and the Nanaimo Airport also each contributed $100,000 to this initiative, bringing the total project cost to $400,000. Have you checked to see if there is funding to help install EV chargers in your health facility?

A BIG thank you to SaveOnEnergy for their continued financial support for the Ontario Green Health Care Award and the Ontario Energy Behaviour Award.
Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Ending Social Isolation in Canada

After months of social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are facing what some are calling a “loneliness pandemic.” Social isolation is increasingly being recognized as a public health issue in Canada. This webinar, hosted by the Tamarack Institute, will feature Lisa Richmond from Cardus, Sonia Hsiung from Alliance for Healthier Communities and Dr. Trevor Hancock in a discussion about the state of loneliness and social isolation in Canada while also exploring innovative models for fostering community connection such as social prescribing and nature prescribing. 

Date: February 17, 2021
Time: 1pm - 2pm EST
CHES 2021 Awards - Call for nominations 

CHES is seeking nominations for the 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.
Green Stories Wanted!

Hospital News magazine is encouraging Canada’s green health care champions to share your best green health stories for publication in an upcoming issue with a focus on environmental stewardship. Don’t be shy. What are you doing about improving your mask and glove strategy? What new green projects are showing promising results? Brag a little about how fantastic your organisation is at addressing climate change and environmental stewardship. Articles should be 600-800 words in length - deadline is Feb 17th
Please contact editor Kristie Jones at editor@hospitalnews.com for more details.
The 2021 ENERGY STAR® Canada Awards is now open for submissions!

ENERGY STAR Participants in Canada deserve recognition for their excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new homes in Canada. ENERGY STAR has announced the opening of their 2021 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards process and are inviting you to submit your applications.
CHES - 2021 Webinar series
12pm - 1pm EST

Wednesday February 24, 2021 - Refrigeration Retrofits to low GWP Refrigerants & How the Choices effect Capacity and Operation
Speaker: Jeff French; Steve McTaggart

Wednesday March 24, 2021 - Building Science 101: Understanding Building Air Leakage and the effects on Your Building Envelope
Speakers: Steven Tratt

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 24 février 2021 – Modernisation de la réfrigération grâce aux réfrigérants à faible PRP - Manière dont les choix affectent la capacité et le fonctionnement
Orateur: Jeff French; Steve McTaggart

Mercredi 24 mars 2021 – Science du bâtiment 101 : Comprendre les fuites d’air d’un bâtiment et leurs effets sur son enveloppe
Orateurs:  Steven Tratt

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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