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July 16, 2019
As part of the ongoing energy management and education collaborative between the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (the Coalition) and western James Bay’s Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA), the we proudly releases three new energy management best practice case studies.

Challenging the adequacy of the existing radiator valve control system and initiating a replacement plan resulted in decreased boiler/steam system fuel oil consumption, lower heating costs and much improved working and care environments. Case #1 , Improving radiator control valves saves dollars while improving energy efficiency and patient care , tells the story.
Case #2 , Curtailing steam loss has cut facility operating costs, reduced GHG emissions and improved environment of care , resulted from a steam loss audit which provided sufficient financial incentive to initiate steam line repairs including the addition of a new heavy layer of insulation and steam tracing. Two years out, there have been no incidents of freezing, splitting or rupture and the remediation plan has lowered heating costs, reduced the amount of make-up water required by the system and greatly reduced chemical treatment costs. 
Case #3 , Empowering staff pays very big dividends for remote northern Frist Nations’ health care , shows how supporting the training needs of facility staff can change a mindset and reduce significantly the costs of operating health care facilities in remote communities. As a result of building operator training conducted by the Coalition with funding from Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator under their Education and Capacity Building Program, WAHA’s motivated in-house team has been able to turn tens of thousands of utility and facility maintenance dollars into health care dollars for a healthier planet. 
Coalition Research Released as Part of World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
Energy consumption research conducted by the Coalition in concert with Dr. Anthony Easty has been released as part of the World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering in Prague. " Energy Consumption Profiles of Common Types of Medical Imaging Equipment in Clinical Settings," funded by ENERGY STAR ® Canada and Natural Resources Canada, describes a series of detailed energy consumption studies on medical imaging devices during clinical use at three major health care centres in Canada, one in British Columbia and two in Ontario. Details HERE.
New Conservation Council report: climate change, floods, ice storms affect our health
The forecast is dire - but the solutions we need to slow climate change will make us happier and healthier. The reality is, climate change IS a public health issue and there is overwhelming research to support the claim. The report encourages everyone interested in protecting public health from the looming effects of climate change to speak out and demand action from politicians, businesses, and industry. More HERE.
The Hospital Food Tray Re-imagined
Take a close look. You may see a hospital tray... but NOURISH sees a platform and believes that food is fundamental to patient, community and planetary health and wellbeing. Join the movement to nourish and provide comfort through food. View video HERE or visit:
Extreme weather caused by climate change a public health issue
"Extreme events are going to become more common, and more intense," said University of New Brunswick researcher Louise Comeau who is studying the impacts of major weather events and what they will look like in the future. Check out the CTV NEWS Atlantic story and video HERE.
Draft CSA standard for Cleaning and Disinfection of Health Care Facilities now available for public review
Public review closes August 21, 2019
CSA Group has been working on an all NEW standard for cleaning and disinfection of health care facilities. In recognition that cleaning and disinfection forms the front line of defence against the spread of infections, the need for such a standard was identified over a year ago, and a new technical subcommittee was formed under the direction of the technical committee for health care facilities. This group of experts has worked for the past nine months in the preparation of the draft standard - which is now available for public review.

The Coalition encourages you to review the document and provide comment through this process as this feedback is invaluable to creating a quality, usable standard. Please also
share this message with your organisation's Environmental Services team so they too can have input into the final document. Draft standard CSA Z317.12 is now posted for public review at:
U.S. Call to Action on Climate Change, Health and Equity
Join our southern neighbours in pledging support for a first-ever climate and health policy action agenda put together by one country, and join over 70 health leaders and organisations taking a stand against climate change. Signed by leading health care groups, the Agenda calls for a rapid transition away from coal, oil, and natural gas to clean, safe, and renewable energy and energy efficiency. It also calls for action on active transportation, sustainable agriculture, and for climate solutions to be incorporated into all health care and public health systems. Read the full story HERE.
Five Ways Nurses Can Lead Environmental Change
Environmental sustainability is an ongoing effort in almost every industry. According to The Balance, sustainability involves humans taking steps to maintain a healthy relationship with our current ecosystem while making sure we're not stopping future generations from meeting their needs. Check out what Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments has to say in Shari Perkins Atlantic Journal-Constitution's article HERE.
Provinces/Feds Bring in First Steps of 'Action Plan' for Plastics Recycling
The federal government and the provinces and territories say they have pieced together an action plan to gradually harmonize the recycling and reduction of plastic waste. At a recent Halifax meeting of environmental ministers, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the governments agree there should be consistent standards and targets for companies that produce plastic waste or use it to package their products. “For the first time, we now have this national zero plastic action plan to eliminate plastic waste. This is the first phase of it,” she said. Read more HERE.
Alberta Energy Programs in Question
The official repeal of carbon tax as of May 30 eliminates the original funding source for Alberta energy efficiency programs. However, by the new provincial government’s own election campaign calculations, there should still be about $630 million in the pot for the fiscal year 2019-20 and $570 million thereafter to support greenhouse gas (GHG) reducing initiatives. Barbara Carss provides insight HERE.
Invitation to Participate in O&M Health Care Facility Benchmarking Study
The collaborative research team is conducting a O&M Healthcare Facility benchmarking study focusing on FTE staffing information, as well as annual costs for major O&M areas (maintenance, janitorial, utilities, environmental, waste, and linen). The study seeks to advance the field of Facility Management (FM) through training and research with a focus on operations and maintenance benchmarks targeted to the health care industry and will update the 2013 report.

Benchmarking data is an important resource for facility managers in developing your business case or identifying opportunities for cost savings. Participants will receive a FREE copy of the final report once released it this Fall 2019. See more at or contact Jake Smithwick at
NOURISH Releases "Miichim" Video on Serving Traditional Foods in Health Care
Watch Nourish's new 10-minute documentary about Kathy Loon and her team at Sioux Lookout MenoYaWin Health Centre (SLMHC) in Northwestern Ontario and their dedication to serving traditional foods to their indigenous patients for health and healing. Please help Nourish by sharing the incredible story of "Miichim" which is an Ojibwe word meaning "food." Watch HERE.
International Comparison of Health Care Carbon Footprints
It seems based on a recent analysis, Canada’s health care system is one of the most carbon intensive in the world which may be unsurprising given the age of the built infrastructure as well as heating and cooling needs. What is perhaps more surprising is that Canada’s health care system contributes 5.1% of total GHG emissions in Canada (also among the highest in the world). Read the new report HERE .
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.
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Please join us in the wonderful world of Twitter as we share the latest in Coalition news and initiatives. Find us at @CCGHC
Webinar: New web portal provides high-resolution climate data to help decision makers build a more resilient Canada
Monday, July 22, 2019 1pm-2pm EST
Webinar will provide an overview and demonstration of, a user-friendly online climate data source to help cities, organisations and businesses to increase their resilience and develop adaptation strategies. Register HERE . For more information, please contact:

Webinaire : Donné : Un nouveau portail Web qui fournit des données climatiques à haute résolution pour aider les décideurs à renforcer la résilience du Canada
Lundi, 22 Juillet 2019 12h à 14h HE
Ce webinaire donnera un aperçu et une démonstration de Donné, une source conviviale de données climatiques en ligne pour aider les villes, les organisations et les entreprises puissent accroître leur résilience et élaborer des stratégies d’adaptation.
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ALBERTA - Incentives for Health Care Upgrades
Do you already know where you want to invest and what the energy reductions will be? Do you know there are financial incentives for a wide range of energy upgrades that can reduce your operating costs, improve the comfort and performance of your facilities, and deliver a return on investment over time. Included are upgrades to water heating, boiler and chilled water systems, HVAC and controls. Details HERE .
100 non-partisan all-candidate debates on the environment
Do you know where your politicians stand on environmental issues? Do they reflect your values? Organizers of "100 Debates on the Environment" hope to host 100 non-partisan all-candidate debates across Canada on October 7th.
Will you be part of the Canada-wide conversation between candidates and constituents about the environment? Learn more 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.
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.

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