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Test-driving the v2.2 Operations Section Credits - Welcome to the v2.2 OpsPilot Program!

The Green Guide is moving forward with the v2.2 Operations Pilot program!  The initial launch in May 2010 was followed by a series of introductory conference calls and Navigating the Online Operations Pilot Workspace sessions during July and August as about 70 facilities completed registration, convened their green teams, and made a commitment to participate in a year of Pilot activity.  The v2.2 Operations Pilot program includes a selected group of healthcare facilities located across North America, with several international participants!  The pilots represent diversity in size, type, geographic distribution, and greening interests. This will be a groundbreaking effort for the healthcare sector to measure and gauge the implementation of the v2.2 GGHC Operations Guide, spanning a comprehensive array of credits including energy and water performance, food, environmentally preferable purchasing, facility operations and maintenance, chemical management, environmental services, and waste reduction.  Six work groups will systematically review the credits through monthly calls, Ask the Expert online chat sessions,  and other interactive exchanges. Where does the OpsPilot live? Who all are participating in this program? What's next?  Stay tuned for answers to all this and more in our next newsletter.

CleanMed 2011 Accepting Presentation Proposals- Deadline for Green Building/ Green Guide proposals extended to OCTOBER 1, 2010

CleanMed is seeking presentation proposals for its 2011 conference, to be held in Phoenix, AZ, on April 6-8, 2011. Take this opportunity to teach as well as learn!  The expertise, experience and ideas of designers, architects and builders are particularly welcomed by colleagues across the country who are at CleanMed to get new ideas and hear all aspects of sustainable hospital operations.  Green building remains one of the most popular topics in health care sustainability, as well as being a leading health care sector activity.

The 2011 CleanMed selection committee is interested in receiving proposals for content presented in a unique and/or creative way while providing new or different solutions, skill building, group problem solving sessions, and/or new methods of practice.

The new deadline for receipt of Green Building and GGHC-related proposal submissions is October 1, 2010.   To submit a Green Building or GGHC-related proposal for consideration, please use the Online Proposal Submission Form.

Lloyd Dean, President and CEO of Catholic Healthcare West, is confirmed as a keynote speaker at CleanMed 2011, speaking on Thursday, April 7 at 1 pm. Lloyd H. Dean is President/Chief Executive Officer of one of the leading not-for-profit healthcare systems in the United States.  In this executive management role, Mr. Dean is responsible for $11 billion in assets and the overall management, strategy and direction of CHW’s integrated health care system.

Please plan now for CleanMed 2011 by including the cost in your 2011 budget, marking your calendar, and recruiting friends and colleagues to join you.  More information on CleanMed 2011 is available at www.cleanmed.org.We hope to see you at the nation’s most important conference on sustainable health care! 

Newest feature of Green Guide website goes live - Online Case Studies!

One feature of our new website is the ability to upload case studies. Several Green Guide registered projects have begun developing case studies, and some enthusiasts have converted earlier Green Guide projects to publishable case studies.  Our new online feature allows you to import your existing project information, highlight your greening strategies, and even include images of your facility! We encourage everyone to share their accomplishments with the Green Guide learning community.

Creating case studies is free and easy. You can register multiple Construction or Operations projects at www.gghc.org  by clicking on Project Registration. Under My Projects, you can select the project you want to Manage, and click on Start New Case Study

This month, the Green Guide is pleased to welcome our first set of online registered project case studies.  We acknowledge the efforts of Breeze Glazer, who prepared the following three case studies on behalf of Perkins and Will.  

  1. - St. Catherine Hospital, Katy, Texas - the first project registered with the Green Guide.
  2. - Peter O. Kohler Pavilion / Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
  3. - The Heart Hospital at Swedish American  / SwedishAmerican Health System, Rockford, Illinois

These case studies will be viewable online by October 1, 2010.  Your facility's story today can become your case study. 

Please direct all Green Guide inquiries to info@gghc.org.

Green Guide for Health Care is a joint project of Health Care Without Harm (www.hcwh.org)
and the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (www.cmpbs.org).

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