The Green Digest
A Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Initiative

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February 28, 2020
We want your ZEV success stories
If your hospital or LTC home has adopted zero-emissions vehicle technologies, we want to hear your story. Possibly even profile you and brag about your successes. Please email us at
Sustainable Transportation
Zero-emission vehicles help fight climate change
Transportation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. This accounts for a quarter of Canada's total GHG emissions and almost half of those emissions come from cars and light trucks. One way to reduce transportation-related GHG emissions is to get more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road.

A ZEV is a vehicle that has the potential to produce no tailpipe emissions. They can still have a conventional internal combustion engine, but must also be able to operate without using it. For example, the following vehicles are considered ZEVs:
  • battery-electric
  • plug-in hybrid electric
  • hydrogen fuel cell

Making zero-emission vehicles more affordable
The higher cost of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) can make it more difficult to adopt this clean technology. The Government of Canada's iZEV program and new tax write-offs for businesses will help make it more affordable.

Purchase and Lease Incentives
Click HERE to learn more about point of sale incentive for consumers who buy or lease an  eligible ZEV .

There are two levels of incentive:
  • Battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and longer range plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for an incentive of $5,000
  • Shorter range plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are eligible for an incentive of $2,500

To be eligible for the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles program, you have to purchase or lease:
  • a vehicle with six seats or fewer, where the base model (trim) Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is less than $45,000;
  • higher priced versions (trims) of these vehicles, up to a maximum Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $55,000, will also be eligible for purchase incentives;
  • a vehicle with seven seats or greater, where the base model Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is less than $55,000;
  • higher priced versions (trims) of these vehicles, up to a maximum Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000, will also be eligible for purchase incentives;

You will still be eligible for the incentive even if delivery, freight and other fees, such as vehicle colour and add-on accessories, push the actual purchase price over these set limits.

For more information on the tax write-off for these vehicles, businesses and self-employed individuals may contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-5525.

Access a growing list of educational resources by visiting the Coalition's new ZEV resources page HERE .
Sustainable Transportation Webinar Series
A new FREE sustainable transportation webinar series is launching with the collaboration of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and Plug'n Drive . Two webinars are coming your way...

Presenter: Cara Clairman, President/CEO - Plug’n Drive

Webinar #1
EV 101 - Why should your workplace care about EV? 
  • general overview of the environmental and economic benefits of EV
  • trends in Canada and around the world
  • why a workplace needs to consider EVs as part of its environmental or sustainability strategy

Date: Tuesday March 10, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM EST
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Cara Clairman, President/CEO - Plug’n Drive

Webinar #2
Workplace charging in a health care context
  • key reasons to consider workplace charging - pluses and pitfalls 
  • health care context considerations
  • case study (workplace charging install in hospital setting)

Date: Tuesday March 24, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Cara Clairman, President/CEO - Plug’n Drive
Plug'n Drive Leads the Charge
Plug’n Drive has recently developed a brand new workplace charging guide, ‘ Lead the Charge’ to help organisations navigate the complex world of installing and operating workplace charging. This webinar series will introduce you to the key aspects of the guide to save you time and money in any workplace charging installation and ensure employees are engaged in the process. Visit Plug'n Drive HERE
Energy Management
RETScreen Expert Software Webinar
First Health Care RETScreen Webinar of 2020
The Coalition is once again please to offer a health care-specific RETScreen Expert Software training webinar.

March 11th, 2020.

The NEW RETScreen webinar will focus on renewable energy technologies and how RETScreen Expert Energy Management Software can help health care energy managers quickly identify, assess and optimize the technical and financial viability of energy projects while assisting them to improve their climate change impact resilience.

  • JJ Knott, HealthCare Energy Leaders Canada – Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • Stephen Dixon, Energy Consultant, Know Energy
  • Dan Ritchie, Green Hospital Scorecard – Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care

This webinar suitable for:
  • Energy managers
  • Facility managers and operators
  • Energy centre managers and operators
  • Project managers and capital planning staff
  • Climate change resiliency planners
  • Finance officers
  • Procurement officers

RETScreen is a comprehensive “made-in-Canada” clean energy management software platform that enables health care energy and building professionals to identify and assess the viability of energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration projects; and measure and verify the actual and ongoing energy performance of hospitals, long-term care homes, and energy plants. Details HERE.
Register HERE
DATE: Wednesday March 11, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
As we plan for this webinar, and to better understand your needs, we want to hear from you with questions you may have about using RETScreen Expert or about potential application areas. We may even create a case study or two around some of these questions! Please email questions to

All webinar attendees will receive a free 90-day trial of RETScreen Expert Professional mode.
Hospitals and the Climate Emergency
Do you remember the TV medical drama ‘ER’ that ran for 15 seasons starting in the mid-90s? It was a great show and featured the remarkable skills and intelligence of hospital staff, dealing with the kinds of things that hospitals do best – compassionately handle life-threatening emergencies. Today, hospitals are faced with a different kind of emergency that is perhaps more challenging than anything that has previously come through their doors – the climate emergency. Read Neil Ritchie's take on the topic HERE .
Deadline Reminder...
The Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) program is in it's seventh year and we remind all hospitals the deadline for participation is March 30th, 2020.

The Scorecard provides meaningful measures of hospital operations, management, and policy adoption in the energy and environment sphere. It benchmarks environmental performance for hospitals alongside de-identified peer data and is an excellent way for hospitals to demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability.

This year, data is being collected for January to December 2018 on environmental performance in 10 categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Pollution Prevention, and Corporate Leadership, along with the addition of Transportation, Food, Climate Change and Energy Behaviour.
Benefits of participating
The GHS supports hospitals by:
  • Providing your facility a personalized Scorecard, which is an annual report to assess and communicate your performance relative to your peers. A sample scorecard can be viewed here.
  • Offering the opportunity to be individually recognized through annual Gold, Silver and Bronze-level achievements.
  • Encouraging excellence in environmental performance by honouring select participating organisations with annual Green Health Awards. Click here to review the recent recipients.

All submissions are confidential. Learn more at FAQ , or email .

Participation in the GHS for hospitals is free . To help cover program delivery costs we encourage all participants to become members of the Coalition. Information on becoming a member with the Coalition can be found here or contact .
A big thank you to for their continued financial support for the Ontario Green Health Care Award and the Ontario Energy Behaviour Award
Circular Solutions in Health Care Plastics
Health care accounts for approximately half of public spending in the EU - 14% of annual EU GDP in total. Sustainable procurement is a strategic opportunity for public authorities and purchasers for the health care sector to leverage their purchasing power to achieve sustainable development and climate objectives. With over 15,000 hospitals in the EU, the European health care sector can play a significant role in influencing market supply and demand, and lead the transition to safer, innovative, and more sustainable products and services in health care. See page 10 of full report HERE.
Organ Donation - The Ultimate Recycling
Have you registered as an organ donor?
Provinces and territories across Canada operate life-saving organ donation programs and they need your help.

  • Today, there are more than 1,600 men, women and children in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
  • Every 3 days, someone in Ontario dies waiting for a transplant because there aren’t enough organs to meet the need.
  • You are 5 times more likely to need an organ than to donate one.
  • 90% of Ontarians believe that organ and tissue donation is a good thing, yet only 34% have formally registered to become one.
  • Everyone has the potential to be an organ and tissue donor.
  • One organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance as many as 75 lives through tissue donation.

Contact your local organ donation agency and speak to your family about your wishes. You have the power to save and transform lives.
Select your province from the Government of Canada list to register and donate:
Canadian Transplant Association
The Canadian Transplant Association was created in 1987 to raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate the success of transplants in saving lives. The non-profit organisation is comprised of transplant recipients, athletes, and volunteers dedicated to promoting organ donation through public advocacy and events including the Canadian Transplant Games and World Transplant Games. To learn more about their support network offering programs to help donors and recipients live full lives after transplantation, click HERE .
Climate Change Resources
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has the resources you need to help your facility take action on climate change. Learn more HERE .
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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
ZEV Webinar
py should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)
CHES 2020 Awards - Call for Nominations & Grant Submissions
Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2020
CHES is seeking nominations for the 2020 Awards. Members are reminded to nominate a deserving member or facility for one of these prestigious awards today!

Hans Burgers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare Engineering
Wayne McLellan Award of Excellenc e in Healthcare Facilities Management

CHES is also seeking booth sponsors and candidates for the 2020 Young Professionals Grant. The application forms for Sponsors and Candidates are available on the  CHES Website .
Prix 2020 de la SCISS – Appels à mises en candidature et demandes de subvention
Date limite des soumissions : 30 avril 2020
a SCISS est à la recherche de candidatures pour ses Prix 2019. Il est rappelé aux membres qu’ils peuvent dès aujourd’hui proposer la candidature d’un membre méritant ou d’un établissement performant pour l’un de ces prix prestigieux !

Prix Hans Burgers pour contribution exceptionnelle à l’ingénierie des services de santé
Prix d’excellence Wayne McLellan en gestion des établissements de santé

/ La SCISS est également à la recherche de commanditaires et de candidats concernant la dotation 2019 pour jeunes professionnels. Les formulaires de candidatures pour commanditaires et candidats sont mis à disposition sur le site Internet de la SCISS.
SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards
The Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of all types of sustainably-designed, high-performance Canadian residential and non-residential buildings and interiors, both new and renovated. Projects need not be certified under a green building rating system. Register now to receive your Entry Kit.
Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020
CHES Ontario Conference
Engineering Sustainable Healthcare Facilities
May31-June2, 2020
Caesars Windsor
Join colleagues from across Ontario at the 40th annual CHES Ontario Trade Show and Conference.
Learn from some of Canada's brightest facility and engineering minds at this year's two-day educational event. Details HERE . Register NOW !
CHES 2020 National Conference
September 20-22, 2020
Halifax Convention Centre
Halifax, NS

Enriching Patient Experiences by Optimizing the Environment
The online booking form for booths at the CHES 2020 National Conference is now available.
We encourage you to submit your contract to exhibit as soon as possible to ensure space is available.
Remember to ask about being placed in the CHES National Conference Green Park where participating vendors have goods and services with a clear environ mental advantage to Canada's health service sector.

See you in Halifax!
CHES 2020 Webinar Series

Online Registration is open for the 2020 Webinar Series.  
The 2020 CHES Webinar Dates and Topics are listed below.  
Wednesday March 25, 2020 - Isolation Room Design
Speakers:  Jessica Fullerton, B. Sc. M. Sc., CIC; Nick Stark, P. Eng., CED, LEED AP, ICD.D
Wednesday April 15, 2020 - Commissioning in a Health Care Facility
Speaker:  Wayne Stokes, CET Arch, FMA, RPA.
Wednesday May 20, 2020 - An Overview of Smoke / Fire Doors and the 2015 NBC 
Speaker:  Ben Coles, M.Sc.E., MBA, P. Eng., PE
Wednesday June 17, 2020 - Optimizing Design with Virtual and MIxed Reality (AR/VR)
Speaker:  Daniel Doherty, BTech, C.E.T., CM BIM
Wednesday October 21, 2020 - CSA Z317.13-17 Role of the Multi-Disciplinary Team - Pros and Cons
Speaker:  Wayne Stokes, CET arch, FMA, RPA
Wednesday November 18, 2020 - Awareness / Update on Med Gas Qualified Operators
Speaker: Roger Holliss

Visit the website for more details as they become available or to register!    

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