Wastewater treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment. When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs — the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and antibiotic ofloxacin — came out at higher concentrations than they went […]
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a very strong start to 2015 in terms of green building certifications in Canada, with 135 registrations and 202 certifications between January 1 and April 30, 2015. This brings the total number of LEED certified projects in Canada to 2,252. In keeping with […]
Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, two leaders in environmental health, have together divested their fossil fuel investments. Employee retirement plans at both organizations are now free of fossil fuel holdings and previous holdings have been replaced with climate friendly investments.
The Lake of the Woods District Hospital is rolling out a new meal room service program. In July 2014, the hospital did a waste audit to look at how much food they throw out. They found out the hospital has about a 40 per cent waste rate. Once food heads […]
A group of Canadian doctors hope to make blackouts a thing of the past for Gaza’s hospitals by installing solar panels to provide energy 24/7 for emergency rooms and operating theatres. The “EmpowerGAZA” project has launched a fundraising drive on Indiegogo to secure the $200,000 required to fund the first […]
Going green, particularly in the operating room (OR), is a meaningful goal for many environmentally conscious surgeons, but for budget-wary hospital administrators, the decision to adopt more sustainable practices is often about the other green—money. Current research suggests sustainable OR initiatives do, in fact, reduce operating cost while eliminating waste […]