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Measuring and Reporting: Sustainability Gets Sophisticated 

Measuring and Reporting: Sustainability Gets Sophisticated
Measuring and Reporting: Sustainability Gets Sophisticated

Kathy Gerwig

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date: 28 May 2020

Understanding the effectiveness of environmental interventions requires good measurement tools that allow a hospital to constantly take stock of the costs and benefits of their operations, for the organization and the communities they serve. Tools include environmental management systems based on ISO 14001, utility bill payment systems, EPA’s Portfolio Manager, Energy Star ratings for buildings, and the Energy Impact Calculator from Practice Greenhealth. Life cycle assessments (LCAs) provide a view of a product’s environmental impact from “cradle to grave.” The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) states a product’s total emissions among other metrics. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) provides an easy-to-use mechanism for identifying and tracking carefully chosen SMART targets that allow any health care organization to improve its environmental performance and contribute to the health and safety of patients, staff and entire communities.

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