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Healthcare Sustainability Resources


When we engage in sustainable business practices, we are making a conscious effort to lessen our organizations’ impacts on the environment. By reducing waste, reducing our energy and water use, and being mindful of the things we purchase and the products we use, we can improve environmental health, and, as a result, the health of our communities.

Below you’ll find links to information on a number of sustainability topics. You may also wish to participate in Minnesota-based HEARRT, or the Healthcare Environmental Awareness and Resource Reduction Team.

Energy Efficiency
There are many ways for facilities to increase energy efficiency - click here to find out how.

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing        
Everything your facility buys has an environmental footprint. Discover ways to reduce this footprint and potentially save money, too.

Green Building Design
Learn how to reduce the environmental footprint of your building.

Healthy Food
Learn how your food service operation can make healthier, more sustainable food choices for patients.

Infection Prevention, Disinfection, Sterilization and Green Cleaning
This page offers basic definitions and information on infection control; chemicals and worker safety as it relates to disinfection, sterilization, and cleaning; and resources and suggestions on how to make environmentally preferable decisions in regard to a clean and healthy work environment.

Waste Reduction and Recycling       
Does your facility have a desire to reduce waste, increase recycling, and be better stewards of your resources? This information can help.

Water Pollution and Conservation            
Water is a critical resource that we all have an obligation to preserve and protect. Find out how your facility can start conserving water.

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