My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again - Richard Branson
Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) accepting submissions until end of February
The Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) provides meaningful measures of hospital operations, management, and policy adoption in the energy and environment sphere, and benchmarks environmental performance for hospitals alongside de-identified peer data. The survey collecting data for 2016 is currently still open! Participation is FREE. Data submission is open until February 28th, 2018.

For more information on the Green Hospital Scorecard follow this link .

Here is a video of the educational webinar that overviews how to fill out the survey, along with key areas of interest.

If your health care facility would like to participate in the GHS, please contact .
Scorcher! 2017 ranked among 3 hottest years ever
Earth's  long-term warming trend  continues, and 2017 now ranks as one of the top three hottest years on record, according to a report released by NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Analysis  by NASA scientists showed that 2017 was the second warmest year on record, with global average temperatures across land and sea surfaces measuring 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) above average temperatures from 1951 to 1980.

Read the full article here .
Canada’s Energy Efficiency movement keeps getting stronger
W hen ENERGY STAR came to Canada in 2001, less than half the population knew what it was, and even fewer people knew what the brand stood for. Even the concept of “high efficiency” was vague to most people. 

Now, the ENERGY STAR Canada program covers all sectors of the economy; from individual products and homes, to commercial and institutional buildings, to industrial facilities and their processes. 

Energy efficiency programs are in every province and territory, and Canadians everywhere know what ENERGY STAR means, and how to use it. 

Click here to read more from NRCan's newsletter.
Coalition releases Medical Imaging Equipment Study
The Coalition is pleased to release our report:  Medical Imaging Equipment Study: Assessing Opportunities to Reduce Energy Consumption in the Health Care Sector , which was produced with funding from Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro. Our partner hospitals in this project were Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) in British Columbia, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Ontario, and University Health Network (UHN) in Ontario. We also extend thanks for Toronto Hydro for lending power loggers for this project.

Energy consumption data were obtained from three types of medical imaging equipment:
  1. Computed Tomography (CT) 
  2. General Radiography (X-ray) 
  3. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
A number of recommendations were made including the development of purchasing guidelines, energy behaviour guidance directed at equipment users, optimizing energy consumption of cooling requirements, and the development of a Business Case for medical imaging equipment purchasing personnel.  
Climate Change - Vulnerability and Adaptation of Buildings
The Department of Health and Social Services Publications has released a document titled "Climate Change - Vulnerability and Adaptation of Buildings". The intention of this publication is primarily for building managers and key stakeholders involved in the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Health and Social Services (RSSS). To read the full text click here.
Proceeds from Ontario Green Bond to Help Fight Climate Change: Province Raises $1 Billion for Eco-Friendly Infrastructure Projects
Ontario has successfully issued the largest green bond in Canadian history, raising $1 billion for infrastructure projects in communities across the province that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change

These projects will improve the quality of life for people across the province while supporting the objectives of Ontario's  Climate Change Action Plan , and help Ontario meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

Read the full text here.
FDA restricts health care hand soap chemicals
In an announcement with implications for all health care facilities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  restricted the use of triclosan  and 23 other ingredients in antiseptic washes and rubs effective December 2018, citing a “lack of sufficient safety and efficacy data.”

The agency deferred rulemaking on six other active ingredients – those most commonly used in health care – to give manufacturers more time to provide safety information. A similar  2016 FDA announcement  prohibiting triclosan and other chemicals in consumer products was the result of legal action  to force the FDA to issue the final rule.

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. In this study, we estimate the carbon footprint of operating theatres in hospitals in three health systems.

Read the full report here .
Think your hydro costs are high? Simcoe County hospitals spent almost $7.3 M on electricity last year

Simcoe County hospitals spent almost $7.3 million on electricity last year.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, self-described as a not-for-profit citizen’s group dedicated to lower taxes and holding government accountable, has been sharing hospital hydro stats like that to highlight the increasing cost of energy in Ontario.

To read more click here .
Biodiversity Conversations: Drivers & Barriers

Date & Time
Join us on Thursday, February 22nd, from 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, to learn about biodiversity conservation. 
In partnership with  Nature Canada , Changing the Conversation is hosting  Biodiversity Conversations: How important are the common loon and polar bears to Canadians? . This 4-part real-time virtual conversation series is exploring biodiversity conservation in Canada with expert panelists from  Women for Nature .
Click here  to join this e-Dialogue on Changing the Conversation

Who is Participating?
Dr. Ann Dale,  Moderator , Co-Chair, Women for Nature
Meg Beckel,  Women for Nature e-Panelist,  President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature
Dr. Valerie Behan-Pelletier Women for Nature e-Panelist,  Honorary Research Associate in the Invertebrate Biodiversity Program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dawn Carr,  Women for Nature e-Panelist , Executive Director, Canadian Parks Council
Dr. Holly Clermont,  Doctoral Candidate, Royal Roads University
Professional development in waste auditing and reporting
Waste Auditor Training
March 5-6, 2018
Limited space. Registration deadline: Feb. 23
Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) offers annual  Waste Auditor Training  sessions, which are based on a Standard Waste Audit Method that supports development in key areas: 
  • accurate and standardized methods of measuring and reporting performance
  • auditing principles
  • sampling methods
  • benchmarking and data analysis
  • best practices
  • compliance with regulation

What's Included:
  • Certificate of Attendance or Certificate of Completion*
  • Two days of instruction and related workshops
  • Copy RCO Standard Waste Audit Method
  • Handbook and in-class training materials
  • Breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments both days
  • Networking with other waste and auditing professionals
* Participants are required to pass both the in-class and written examination components of the training to be eligible for Certificate of Completion. To receive a Certificate of Completion an overall minimum score of 70 per cent based on attendance, participation, course work, and exam must be achieved.
RCO Member: $1,575
RCO Future Member: $1,775
Waste Auditor Training is a popular learning and development opportunity, and each session is limited to 15 registrations.
Email  to register now or be placed on a waiting list for future sessions.
Deadline for submissions / Date limite pour soumettre vos projets : March / mars 9
Judging date / Délibération du jury : March / mars 16

1. Residential [small] / Résidentiel [petite taille]
2. Residential [large] / Résidentiel [grande taille]
3. Commercial/Industrial [small] / Commercial/Industriel [petite taille]
4. Commercial/industrial [large] / Commercial/Industriel [grande taille]
5. Institutional [small] / Institutionnel [petite taille]
6. Institutional [large] / Institutionnel [grande taille]
7. Mixed Use / Usage mixte
8. Existing Building Upgrade / Amélioration/rénovation d'un bâtiment existant
9. Interior Design / Design intérieur

Winning entries will be announced in June, 2018, and published in the Summer issue of SABMag and at  All projects submitted will be considered for publication in SABMag.

Les gagnants seront annoncés en juin 2018, et publiés dans la parution d'été de SABMag et sur le site Web SABMag,  Tous les projets soumis seront considérés pour publication dans SABMag. 

Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP
Principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto
Lindsay Oster, MAA, SAA, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Principal of Prairie Architects Inc., Winnipeg
Thomas Schweitzer, OAQ
Director of Architecture, Ædifica


Is your facility interested in learning more about composting organic wastes? The Composting Council of Canada has a free webinar series and is offering workshops across Canada:

Feb 21st & 22nd, 2018

New Westminster
Feb 28th & March 1st, 2018

March 5th & 6th, 2018

March 13th and 14th 2018
GLOBE Forum 2018
Globe Forum
March 14-16, 2018 
Vancouver, British Columbia 

GLOBE Forum is the longest-running sustainability conference in North America, bringing together 10,000 participants from over 50 countries. Leaders from business, government and civil society will share insights and solutions and enjoy unparalleled networking over the course of the event.

Phone: 1 (604) 695- 5000
Email: info (@)

Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership
Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership
April 20-21, 2018 
JW Marriott PARQ Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia

The 2018   Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership , co-hosted by Joule and the   Canadian Society of Physician Leaders  (CSPL) is a must-do.

Immerse yourself in our informative and inspiring conference to hear relevant keynote speakers and take away tools and techniques from a variety of interactive workshops (8 workshops run simultaneously both in the morning and afternoon over 2 days). Rub elbows and exchange ideas with your peers in the leadership community.

Featured presentation session: First do no harm: how physicians can lead the green health movement to heal the planet 
Presenter: Neil Ritchie, BSc., MHSA, Project Lead, Green Health Leader's Initiative, Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, Halifax, N.S.

38th annual CHES Ontario Conference and Trade Show
CHES Ontario Conference and Trade Show
Sunday, June 3, 20189:00 AM 
Tuesday, June 5, 20181:30 PM
Blue Mountain, Jozo Weider Boulevard
The Blue Mountains, ON, L9Y Canada

The theme of this conference is "Targeting Challenges"

Creating an environment for efficient and effective delivery of health care

Click here to access the 2018 CHES Ontario Conference and Trade Show website.
National Health Leadership Conference 
National Health Leadership Conference
June 4-5, 2018  
St. John's, Newfoundland 

This conference is the largest national gathering of health system decision-makers in Canada including trustees, chief executive officers, directors, managers, department heads and other health leaders representing various sectors and professions in health regions, authorities and alliances, hospitals, long-term care organizations, public health agencies, community care, mental health and social services. As well, the conference draws participants from government, education and research organizations, professional associations, consulting firms and industry. 

Creating the winning conditions for change 

Download the comprehensive brochure here

Future conference dates: 
June 10-11, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario 
June 15-16, 2020 – Edmonton, Alberta
CHES 2018 National Conference

CHES 2018 National Conference
St. John's NL 
September 16-18, 2018
St. John's Convention Centre

We are seeking leaders from Canada and beyond to inspire, demonstrate, educate and share with CHES members the stories, tips, trials, methods and solutions to help us to improve patient outcomes with smarter infrastructure.
Like other CHES National Conferences, our education program will also feature two tracks. Our goal is the delivery of an educational program that directly links to the theme of the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in St. John’s
CleanMed 2018
May 7-9, 2018 | San Diego, California
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

CleanMed is the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability who are on the leading edge of greening the health care sector. It’s the one time each year for businesses with environmentally preferable products and services or nutritious, sustainable foods to connect with the health care leaders who make purchasing decisions for their facilities. No other conference will connect you with the leaders at the forefront of implementing sustainability projects, green building design and environmentally preferable purchasing
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