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A guide for going carbon neutral

Kaiser Permanente recently became the first health system to achieve carbon neutral status in the country. As the largest integrated, nonprofit health system in the United States, this achievement demonstrates its longstanding commitment to sustainability. Certified by the CarbonNeutral Protocol, the organization has eliminated or offset its 800,000-ton annual carbon footprint, the equivalent of…

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Selling the sizzle: How to name and market your plant-forward recipe

  • Health Care Culinary Contest
  • Marketing
You are ready with delicious plant-forward dishes but will your customers buy them? The answer is yes – if they are marketed correctly. This easy five-step guide will help your team create appeal for menu items by focusing on key taste, sensory, nostalgia, and geographic descriptors to increase consumers’ desire for them. Step #1 Describe Start by listing the core ingredients that define your…

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UW Health contest entry

Customizable RFP for Assessing Climate-Related Infrastructure Risks

  • Climate and Health
Preparing for and investing in climate resilience can safeguard lives and an organization's financial viability. This customizable request for proposal (RFP) will help health care systems undertake infrastructure risk assessments and mitigation analyses for facilities facing extreme weather events and other climate risks. This template can help you identify and guide potential partners to explore…

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"Health care's collective purchasing power can shape the marketplace"

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Gary Cohen
  • Purchasing
  • Climate and Health
(Sustainable procurement guide) One of the greatest challenges we face today is embedding sustainability and justice into the things we buy. For generations, our march toward an increasingly globalized economy has come at the expense of our health, social justice, and the environment. For just as long, those costs have remained hidden, the harm externalized.  The COVID-19 crisis exposed the…

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Where to find sustainable products

  • Sustainable procurement
Sample third-party labels, certifications, and databases for health care goods and services (Sustainable procurement guide) Finding sustainable products in health care is achievable through a number of resources. The list below provides links to sustainable products identified by Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm, and labels and certifications specific to the health care sector.…

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Sustainable procurement guide bibliography

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) Many resources are available to learn more about implementing a sustainable procurement program and buying sustainable products and services. The health care sustainable procurement guide refers to several of them listed below.

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HealthPartners sample supply chain work plan

  • Sustainable procurement
  • HealthPartners
(Sustainable procurement guide) An action plan, like this sample supply chain workplan from HealthPartners, will help you organize human and financial resources to deliver on specific objectives and goals within your sustainability procurement strategy.

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Common procurement challenges and solutions

  • Sustainable procurement
(Sustainable procurement guide) Health care organizations face some common challenges when implementing sustainable procurement programs. The list below provides some helpful solutions and lessons learned by organizations with well-established sustainable procurement programs.

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Procurement data collection template

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Suppliers and Deliveries
(Sustainable procurement guide) To measure the success of a sustainable procurement initiative, use this template to request supplier spend reports.

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Standardized environmental criteria guidance

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Chemicals
Standardized environmental criteria technical details (Sustainable procurement guide) Practice Greenhealth’s standardized environmental criteria are explained in detail below in order for suppliers and health care organizations to understand the intent, rationale, and applications to products. General disclosure Responses to the following criteria are for information and may or may not be…

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