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Webinar: Reuse and Repurpose - Capturing Existing Asset Value

New is not always better. While it may seem a natural step, the wholesale replacement of existing equipment is not always the smartest solution. Not only can it be wasteful and disruptive to install entirely new equipment, but these 1:1 replacements miss the opportunity to implement an integrated solution based on good design.

Using examples from multiple sectors, the panelists will discuss results achieved by projects that used the whole-building approach. These projects all reused existing assets to harness their value, ensuring a higher quality of outcomes than if they had simply replaced equipment.

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 1:30 EDT
International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE) launches Global Energy Awards

We are collaborating with IFHE to launch its first-ever GLOBAL Energy Awards program to honour health care facilities for reducing their energy use.

Any Canadian health care facility with a 5% or greater energy reduction is eligible. Winners will be recognized at IFHE Toronto in 2022. Best in country and best in world will also be recognized with special awards.

Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) participants will have the opportunity to participate in this new international award as part of the GHS survey.

Join a movement of health care organisations around the world in working towards a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

Watch our webinar to learn more.
Become a Sustainability Champion today!

Get your organisation featured here!

See who our current Sustainability Champions are and learn more HERE

Email neil.ritchie@greenhealthcare.ca to reach out and get started as a Sustainability Champion to support green health care.
Did you miss our webinar on PPE and medical single-use plastic (mSUP) waste?

If you missed seeing our latest webinar on PPE and mSUP waste, you can now view the recording at your convenience.

For more information please visit our project webpage HERE.

Join our PPE-mSUP Google Group to get involved and stay up-to-date.
HELO North Networking Hub

HealthCare Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO) is an innovative resource designed to improve energy efficiency in Ontario’s health care facilities.
Investing in the workplace growing more pivotal
REMI Network

The workplace has always been a critical component of the ecosystem of any business, and even more so today. Challenges during the pandemic have created a unique opportunity to rethink the workplace—putting people, health and innovation first. Such knowledge can be a catalyst to proactively examine the path forward and the unique impacts on different organisations. Workplaces are an investment in the business, and an organisation should expect a return. But in order to do that, companies need to understand how having their people together in a specific physical space impacts their business—their ability to deliver services or products, to create new knowledge, to mentor their people and to grow and develop as a company.
New study finds increased concern, awareness of environmental cleaning among nurses and midwives during COVID-19 pandemic
AHE, ScienceDirect

This new study explored nurses’ and midwives’ knowledge and experiences of infection prevention and control (IPC) processes and cleaning, and perceptions about workplace risk-management during COVID-19. As a result, four major themes were identified: Striving towards environmental cleanliness; Knowledge and learning feed good practice; There's always doubt in the back of your mind; and COVID has cracked it wide open. These articulate the nurses’ and midwives’ experiences and knowledge of IPC, particularly during COVID-19. Read the full study to learn more.
Meet the Nourish Anchor Cohort! 
Nourish has announced the new Nourish Anchor Cohort: seven teams of health care and community partnerships to catalyze change on health, equity, and climate. From 2021-2023, these Collaboratives will tackle issues ranging from health inequity to food insecurity, from diet-related chronic disease to climate change. These collaborators are composed of passionate physicians, nurses, dietitians, food service managers, community leaders, public health officials, and others, who recognize that to get to the heart of "wicked problems" such as health inequity.
Click the button below to meet the teams!
Green Hospital Procurement Guide

Whether purchasing a single piece of equipment or entering into a lease or maintenance agreement, adding suitable procurement language to your tender documents and contracts is essential. Our guidance document provides a template on making hospitals' procurement green! Learn more HERE.
Ontario making it easier to report polluters
Waste & Recycling

The Ontario government is launching a new website to allow the public to report incidents of pollution in real-time from a smartphone. The public can upload photos and videos so staff can respond quickly. Members of the public can visit ontario.ca/reportpollution and fill out a simple form to report immediately. Ontario wants people to report pollution (e.g. solvents, oil, fuels or chemicals) on land, in the water or air; industrial or commercial noise pollution; waste being dumped into the natural environment; or improper disposal of commercial waste.
With more models coming, incentives seen as key to boosting Canada’s medium- and heavy-duty electric truck transition
Electric Autonomy

While more electric truck manufacturers are starting to roll out heavy-duty vehicles catering to commercial fleets' needs, purchase incentive programs for those vehicles from Canadian governments are scarce. The process remains a long haul for Canadian commercial fleet managers looking to transition from combustion to electric rigs. These incentives are key to transforming current emergency fleets to fully electric ones.
Canada’s used EV marketplace signalling growth and courting investment
Electric Autonomy

Toronto-based used EV dealership Electric Vehicle Network (EV Network) uses a contactless online-based system that offers a long rental period for customers to decide on a purchase. While its method may be unique in the industry, the used dealership’s existence — and latest successful round of financing — underscores the interest now growing up around used EVs for both sellers and buyers in Canada. This growing public interest could translate to more EVs on hospital parking lots!
Explore the infection control training for front-line health care workers: Project Firstline. Learn more HERE.

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 2021 Virtual Conference

The Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) will be holding its 41st Annual Conference on a virtual platform on September 28-29, 2021. The theme of the 2021 Virtual Conference is “Enriching Patient Experience by Optimizing the Environment”.

For more detailed information or to register visit the CHES website. Find the program details HERE.
Webinar series: Building a Canadian vision for an EV battery value chain

Starting June 1, Electric Autonomy Canada will host six, weekly panel discussions with leaders from the Canadian battery and automotive sectors to explore the need and road map for establishing Canada’s national electric vehicle battery supply chain. 

In this first episode, a national overview, the panelists will discuss why having a national EV battery supply chain is something Canadians should care about and what happens if we don’t have one.

Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Time: 1pm 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. Organisers 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
Webinar: Realizing Technology Innovations to Recirculate Plastics

This webinar will focus on the unique experiences of five leading Canadian companies working on collaborative projects aimed at scaling, commercializing, and deploying solutions for developing a circular economy for plastics in Canada. Discussions will include an examination of the technological, policy, investment and infrastructure landscape and the ongoing efforts required to bring us closer to solutions that eliminate plastic waste. Introductory remarks will be provided by George Roter, Managing Director of the Canada Plastics Pact and the moderator will be Elena Mantagaris, VP of the CIAC Plastics Division.

Date: Monday, June 7, 2020
Time: 12pm-1pm PT / 3pm-4pm ET
CHES - 2021 Webinar series
12pm - 1pm EST

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 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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