A big thanks to everyone who stopped by the Coalition's booth at HealthAchieve!
The Healing Garden was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Louise Quenneville of Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital for all her hard work!
Climate Change in the News
Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption.  Emissions from agriculture threaten to keep increasing as global meat and dairy consumption rises. If agricultural emissions are not addressed, nitrous oxide from fields and methane from livestock may double by 2070. Read more.
Report warns that Canada is not ready for the catastrophic effects of climate change. The  University of Waterloo’s  Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation  found governments at all levels across the country need to take immediate action to make the country’s infrastructure more resilient or face increasingly catastrophic financial loses in the future. Read more.
Provisional WMO Statement on the status of the Global Climate in 2016.  2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Read more.

New CDC Guidance Aims to Help Improve Antibiotic Use and Combat Resistant Bacteria. Recent research from Pew and CDC underscores the urgent need for stewardship efforts in outpatient settings, where the majority of antibiotics used in health care are prescribed. Read the full report on Antibiotic Use in Outpatient Settings here.

Are you superbug smart? Take the quiz here!

Why ‘Fragrance’ Really Stinks
Harmful chemicals in fragrances can have harmful effects on our skin, sleeping, and breathing, as well as the environment. Lindsay Coulter makes a case for going scent-free, and suggests natural, non-toxic alternatives to traditional parfumes. 
Sechelt Hospital wins Gold Green Building Award! Sechelt (Shishalh)  Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), has just taken the top honour for greenest hospital in Canada, winning gold in the 2016 Green Building Review released by  Corporate Knights Sechelt (Shishalh) Hospital boasts 125 boreholes for zero-carbon energy for the heating and cooling of the building, local wood and landscape elements, and a design goal of being North America’s first ever carbon-neutral hospital. Congratulations! Also congratulations to St. Joseph's Healthcare West 5th Campus in Hamilton ON (Silver) and Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto (Bronze). For more information on the Sechelt Hospital (formerly St. Mary's Hospital) click  here .
McGill University Health Centre's Glensite: The first hospital in Quebec to be certified LEED
The McGill Healthcare Infrastructure Group (MHIG), comprising SNC-Lavalin and Innisfree, and McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) are proud to announce that the Glen site project is the first Quebec hospital to have been certified LEED Gold NC (New Construction) by the Canada Green Building Council. The new MUHC Glen site hospital complex opened in 2015 in Montreal.

CDC | Get Smart About Antibiotics Week | November 14-20 2016

Learn about Get Smart About Antibiotics Week's topics - overview, partners, promotional materials, educational materials, activities and events

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Healthy Hospital Food: A New Approach to Patient Recovery

On average, doctors get less than 24 contact hours of nutrition training in all four years of medical school. In fact, one study found that only 30% of US medical schools required even one course specifically about nutrition.

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Upcoming Events
The Green Hospital Scorecard survey is now open!
The Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) is the only comprehensive  health care  benchmarking tool in Canada measuring energy conservation, water conservation, waste management and recycling, corporate commitment and pollution prevention. Participating hospitals report on their environmental and sustainability initiatives through a questionnaire and  receive a Green Hospital Scorecard summarizing their environmental performance relative to their peers.

Participation is FREE. The survey collecting information is now open. Currently the scorecard is only available to hospitals in Ontario. If you are outside of Ontario but are interested in participating, please email Linda@greenhealthcare.ca.

Contact Samantha@greenhealthcare.ca if you are interested in participating in the program and have not received a survey link. 

For upcoming webinars on how to complete the survey, including navigation, saving, and sharing the survey, click here.

Leading Edge Environments at the NEW Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Ontario

Learn from the thought leaders and project leaders how healthcare facilities are being transformed through the design process, resulting in environments more reflective of the adaptable, healing centred and technologically driven healthcare spaces required to improve care, workflow, productivity and efficiencies.

Date: November 29, 2016
Time: Conference 8 am – 3:45 pm, Tours 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Reception 5:00-6:00 pm.
Location: Oakville Hospital, 3001 Hospital Gate, John Oliver Auditorium
Conference Fees: $695 plus taxes includes all conference materials, breaks, breakfast and lunch.

Discounts for groups 3 and up and government rate.
Reception $55 plus taxes (appetizers plus refreshments).

Details & Registration: www.cchf.net/events/oakville