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The v2.2 Operations Pilot Program Forges Forward

Who is part of the v2.2 Operations Pilot program? Click here for current registrants. Where does the Program live? Check out a screenshot of the v2.2 OpsPilot Workspace.

The Green Guide for Health Care’s Operations Pilot program, launched in August 2010 in collaboration with Practice Greenhealth, comprises about 70 healthcare facilities large and small, primarily hospitals in the US and Canada.  This first-of-its-kind program positions participating pilots to test-drive the 121 credits of the Green Guide v2.2 Operations Section.  Feedback from the Pilot will be used to revise the Operations Section at the   conclusion of the one-year pilot in August 2011. 

Participating facilities self-select into one of more of six workgroups structured around the Green Guide Operations credit categories—this is where the peer-to-peer learning occurs. Workgroups confer monthly for an hour of facilitated discussion to review credit achievability, synergies, barriers, and performance metrics. The sessions are designed to stimulate question and answer among each group about what works.  Pilot participants with vast experience in one focus area may be novices in others - therein lies the value. Pilot participants identify technical areas that warrant “Ask The Expert” sessions, with four chats conducted since the Pilot’s inception: Waste Management (Janet Brown), Energy Demand Management (Walt Vernon), Food Credits (Jamie Harvie), and Chemical Management (Dr. Michael Webb of University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, one of the Pilots). Upcoming topic offerings include: Utility sub-metering, creating a water baseline, heat island effects, transportation operations, and more. 

The Green Guide Operations Pilot Team will present a progress update at CleanMed 2011 in Phoenix, with a sampling of the Pilots sharing their stories. Stay tuned for details!

Design for Health Through Increased Physical Activity - a Green Guide Innovation Credit?

 Do YOU have an Innovation Credit to share with the Green Guide community? 

On its new website, the Green Guide has created a clearinghouse for innovation credits spanning the Green Guide’s Design & Construction and Operations sections.  These credits are available for Green Guide registered project teams to use as well as individual website registrants.  A recent credit submission from Joyce Lee of the NY City Dept of Design and Construction promotes physical activity and health in design.  Its fundamental premise is that physical activity is critical to addressing obesity and its related diseases - the fastest growing epidemics of our time, while also supporting the goal of sustainability. 

Download your copy of the NY City Department of Design and Construction’s Active Design Guidelines, a groundbreaking document that provides architects and urban designers with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces, based on the latest academic research and best practices in the field.

Ms. Lee will detail her work at the Green Guide Design & Construction series webinar (in collaboration with Practice Greenhealth), scheduled for January 26, 2011 at 2pm ET.  For details, click here.

Note: The Green Guide makes no representation that these proposed credits will meet LEED™ requirements for Innovation Credits. We encourage you to employ the credit strategies on your projects, provide feedback, and to share your innovative ideas with others through the Green Guide Innovation Credit Clearinghouse. For information on how to upload your innovation credit on the Green Guide website, click here.


Welcome Facility Care - a 2010 Sponsor!

We acknowledge the generous support of Facility Care, a publication with a readership of 20,000, as a 2010 Green Guide Sponsor.  Each issue of Facility Care informs readers about health care facility design, operations and maintenance. Included in each issue are articles that help facility managers comply with regulations and standards, gain continuing education and create a more sustainable and healing environment. The Green Guide provides content for a regular Greening Healthcare column, as well as a recent blog started by Editor Emily Howard. For more information, visit

A complete archive of Greening Healthcare columns is available at under PRESS.

Green Guide FORUM opens for discussion

Have you visited the new Green Guide Forum yet?  This is the place to talk about any greening healthcare topic - from energy modeling to rainwater capture for irrigation, from LEED to baby wash alternatives!  We often receive technical commentary that is worthy of a larger conversation with the Green Guide community. Posting to the Green Guide FORUM is easy on the updated website. Simply go to, login -- and click on Forum >.  Here's one example query: How would YOU define 'medical furnishings?'

We are finalizing documentation for GGHC credit MR 5.2 and we are searching for a better definition of “medical furnishings…#157;.  CSI Division 12 includes many different types of furnishings (see attached link: and we need to know what can be included in the calculations for this credit (“40% of furniture and medical furnishings by cost…#157;).

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Green Construction Series: LEED and Health Care: 2010 Update



  • Jan 26 “Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design” by Joyce Lee
  • Feb 23  “Big and Green! New York Presbyterian: A Case Study in Campus Infrastructure,” by Glenn Grube
  • Mar 23 “LEED for Healthcare:  A Toolkit Overview and Introduction to New Credits,” by Melissa Gallagher-Rogers and Steve Guttman




It's Easy Being Green, by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, in Healthcare Design (Nov 2010)
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