August 18th, 2022

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Administrative Assistant Position Available

Synergie Santé Environnement (SSE) and Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (CCGHC) are looking for an organized and experienced Executive Administrative Assistant to coordinate and carry out numerous administrative tasks. Working for two organisations, one French-speaking and the other English-speaking, you must be perfectly bilingual French-English, both orally and in writing.

Based in Montreal, you will work directly with the SSE leadership team, and work virtually with the Coalition team and a range of partners across the country.

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CASCADES wants to hear from you!

CASCADES is seeking your feedback on the quality and relevance of the resources, professional development courses, and networking opportunities we are creating.

Your input is very important to help them effectively leverage and build knowledge, skills and networks across Canada’s health care community to promote and deliver sustainable health systems.

This survey should take approximately 4 minutes to complete.

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Toronto students advocate for sustainability!

Watch as these students from the University of Toronto faculty of dentistry, question unnecessary PPE practices and the immense amount of waste that is produced by health care.

They urge us to do better and recognize the state of the environment as the most important crisis in our world today. 

Watch here

Upcoming Opportunities

2023 Fundamentals of Sustainable Health Systems course dates 

New session dates have been released for the Fundamentals of Sustainable Health Systems course.

Fundamental of Sustainable Health Systems is a professional education program for frontline staff, administrators, and leaders within care delivery, professional and support organisations with an interest in harnessing opportunities to achieve high quality, low carbon care.

Registration is currently open for:

Save the date: All about the CASCADE RFP

Interested in working with CASCADES on a sustainable health care innovation?

Join them on October 6th at 10am PT/1pm ET/2pm AT to learn more about our RFP process.

More details are coming soon!

Register for the info session

Is your hospital using labs wisely? 

Low-value testing occurs when a test is ordered for the wrong reason or at the wrong time. These tests can quickly snowball into a cascade of unwarranted investigations or treatments, potentially exposing patients to harm.

There are many reasons why low-value lab testing occurs. It can be the result of individual provider decisions, but more often than not, outdated systems and processes can nudge people into ordering more than what is needed. This clogs already stretched systems and diverts scarce lab resources away from those who need it most.

To tackle this problem, Choosing Wisely Canada is inviting hospitals to join Using Labs Wisely, a national consortium that aims to make a measurable impact on reducing low-value lab testing. Hospitals of various sizes and levels of experience with implementing lab stewardship projects are welcome to join.

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Climate change and extreme heat events: How health systems should prepare

NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery 

Earth’s warming climate is causing heat waves to become more frequent, longer lasting, and hotter, while occurring in locations unaccustomed to such weather events.

Extreme heat events (EHEs), such as those in the western United States, India, Pakistan, Central Europe, and other locations in recent years, are one of the deadliest consequences of climate change.

Climate change–related EHEs are projected to worsen for at least the next 3 decades, necessitating that health systems be prepared to meet a growing burden of heat-related illnesses and become more heat resilient, as well as to reduce health care–related climate impacts.

In this article, the authors discuss the health effects of EHEs and provide illustrative examples of what health systems can do to promote climate readiness and heat resiliency.

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Heat illness in clinical practice


Heat stroke is the most evident manifestation of heat illness, but more concerning is that heat exposure can exacerbate existing long term conditions. Heatwaves and even small increases in average temperature are often followed by surges in all-cause morbidity and mortality.

These effects are often excluded from traditional analyses of heat impact, yet likely contribute to the bulk of heat related morbidity and mortality. 

Extreme heat events and even modest rises in temperature cause surges in demand for health services to treat heat illness and exacerbations of co-morbid conditions. These may cause hospital overcrowding, delayed emergency response times, staff shortages, and compromised patient outcomes. 

Periods of extreme heat can disrupt electrical grids and cause power blackouts which, in the absence of robust back up supply, put patients at greater risk.

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How can we reduce the environmental impact of wound management?

Nursing Times 

The climate crisis is not new, but we have now reached the point where everyone needs to examine their impact on the environment, both at home and at work.

We each need to determine what we can do to reduce our individual and collective carbon emissions. For nurses and other health professionals, this includes looking at the carbon footprint of:

● The care we deliver;

● Our transport choices;

● Our product choices;

● The waste we generate.

This article focuses on the work of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) and how its recommendations may affect environmental sustainability. 

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Why this hospital is putting more plants on the menu

Canada's National Observer

Ask most people about the hospital food they've eaten, and they will tell you how they would prefer to forget the lukewarm soup and cardboard toast that fed them during an uncomfortable time in their life.

Not Elaine Chu, the regional manager of food operations at B.C.'s Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge hospitals. A quick question about the food served at Royal Columbian leads to impassioned descriptions of how tasty the falafels, plant-based chicken and cucumber tomato salad the institution recently put on its menu are.

The new dishes are part of an effort spearheaded by Chu to reduce the environmental impacts of food eaten at the 490-bed hospital, one of the busiest in B.C.

Health care is responsible for about 4.6 per cent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, and many of these emissions can be traced back to waste from food and a reliance on single-use plastic items, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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E-bikes and BrightDrop electric vans helping FedEx Express Canada meet its corporate zero-emission goals

Electric Autonomy

For the past year, FedEx Corp. has been taking concrete steps to reach the company-wide goal of becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2040.

The company earmarked $2 billion to help achieve its objectives, with one of its critical areas of focus being vehicle electrification. However, since FedEx uses a range of vehicles from two to 18 wheels to deliver its packages, the task of electrifying its entire fleet is complex.

FedEx owns over 150,000 vehicles in its global fleet. By 2025, the company’s goal is that half of the new vehicles it purchases will be electric, reaching 100 per cent by 2030. Its ultimate goal is to have a fully zero-emission electric parcel pickup and delivery fleet by 2040.

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B.C. hikes zero-emission vehicle rebates to $4,000, expands vehicle eligibility in incentive program revamp

Electric Autonomy

Prospective zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) buyers in British Columbia are set to get a bit of extra help with vehicle affordability, thanks to a boost in the size of the province’s ZEV passenger vehicle rebates — but the amount of the payout will depend on a buyer’s income.

Rebates for passenger ZEVs costing $55,000 or less in B.C. are being increased to a maximum of $4,000. But to be eligible for that rebate, an individual purchaser’s income must be below $80,000 or they must have a combined total household income of no more than $125,000.

The move — a first for Canada — aligns B.C. with many American states and a federal proposal in the Inflation Reduction Act now making its way through the U.S. Congress.

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PrintReleaf - Creating a circular economy with paper

Talkin' Trash with UHN

Although a lot of stuff is virtual now, it is still important to be sustainable with paper.

DCM has partnered with PrintReleaf and holds the Forms Contract with UHN to help combat carbon emissions, renewable energy transitions, waste reduction, and sustainable forestry support. 

However, not every page printed at UHN is offset by PrintReleaf, only the pages printed by DCM are.

The way it works is simple:

  1. PrintReleaf uses their proprietary technology to measure their client’s (aka UHN) paper consumption 
  2. The software reverse calculates how many trees were harvested to produce that paper
  3. Those trees are automatically reforested at one of four PrintReleaf certified reforestation projects 
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Near real-time hourly weather data is now available directly within the latest version of RETScreen Software’s Performance Analysis module. As part of our ongoing collaboration with NASA, you can now download hourly weather data for the entire surface of the planet!

Click here to download RETScreen Expert


CANO/ACIO 34th Annual Conference 

The CANO/ACIO Conference is an opportunity for oncology nurses to connect with their peers and improve their professional knowledge in the areas of oncology nursing, patient engagement and interdisciplinary practice.

This year's conference will include a workshop day, keynote presentations, joint symposia, concurrent oral sessions, posters, networking opportunities and more! This year's conference objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum for oncology nurses network and collaborate on current hot topics and future trends in oncology nursing practice
  • Inspire nurses to celebrate the advances already achieved and to further advance oncology nursing through the dissemination of new and innovative practices and research findings
  • Challenge nurses to examine their practice and drive innovations in care when they return to their settings with new ideas and enthusiasm for oncology patient care
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The Sustainability in Parma & Healthcare Congress 

How best can your company move towards net zero? Learn more at The Sustainability in Pharma & Healthcare Congress on the 8th and 9th of September in London, UK. Strategic shifts towards NetZero operations have been trending globally, with key interest across pharmaceutical and health care industries.

This two-day event aims to accelerate this transition and compel key stakeholders to embrace a ‘greener’ perspective, via in-depth talks, interactive sessions, and networking.

Designed to explore the key challenges facing the development and implementation of sustainable practices throughout the industry, the programme will facilitate solution-oriented discussion and collaboration to advance sustainability practices.

Contact Faye Rowe for information on discounted passes! [email protected]

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Booking for booths at IFHE 2022 is open!

The online booking form for booths at the IFHE 2022 Congress | CHES 2022 National Conference taking place September 17-21, 2022 in Toronto ON is now open.


CHES, together with the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, is encouraging all event participants to consider requesting exhibition space in the GREEN PARK.

A block of rooms is being held at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. To receive the conference rate, mention "Congress of the IFHE 2022" when making your reservation.

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RETScreen® is a Clean Energy Management Software system for energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration project feasibility analysis as well as ongoing energy performance analysis.

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Have you registered as an organ donor?

Contact your local organ donation agency and speak to your family about your wishes. You have the power to save and transform lives.

Learn more and register to donate

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. 

Some articles referred to in the Digest make reference to services and/or product offerings from specific suppliers. The CCGHC recommends that readers research the service and product offerings available through a wider range of suppliers for comparison purposes and in keeping with public sector purchasing guidelines. These articles should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any product or service.
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