Showcasing the Green Guide Operations Pilots
The Green Guide for Health Care’s 72 Operations Pilot Project teams comprise the first group of healthcare facilities that have made a commitment to “test drive” the v2.2 Operations Guide in the context of their site-specific operations. These facilities represent a diverse cross-section by size (5K-4MM sq. ft.), number of beds (0-1200), and geographic locations across the US and Canada (32 states, 2 provinces). In the aggregate, they represent over 55 million square feet of healthcare operations.
While some Pilots have green teams and are actively pursuing a wide range of Green Guide credits, others are pioneers within their facilities and are measuring their initial baseline performance. Since September 2010, Pilot subgroups have attended up to six monthly teleconferences covering operational focus areas: Sustainable Sites/ Transportation Ops, Waste Management, Facilities Management, Food Services, Chemical Management/ Environmental Services, and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. They have also attended online “Ask The Expert” sessions on a variety of credit-specific topics, with expertise from within and outside the Pilot community. Several Pilots have completed their Operations checklist to report the details of credit achievability at their respective facilities. These preliminary data, mapped onto the monthly calls, provide insight into which areas of the Operations Guide, and more specifically, which credits, require revision. The aggregated checklist data provide a relative ranking of credit achievability across all sections. The workgroup calls will continue through June 2011.
The details of the Pilot design process, achievability data, and initial findings of the OpsPilot project were presented at CleanMed 2011 by Senior Director Kumkum Dilwali and volunteer Blake Jackson. This core presentation was followed by a lively interchange featuring presentations by 3 Pilot Project teams, moderated by Lorissa McAllister. Pilot teams participating in this groundbreaking program were:
Joining this peer-to-peer learning community on their journey were other Pilots and non-Pilots in the audience. Iqbal Mian of Affinity Healthcare ended this informative session with an online demo of a tool he developed to track individual Green Guide credit performance.
The Green Guide for Health Care’s v2.2 Operations Pilot is undertaken in collaboration with Practice Greenhealth. The presentations and data will be available on the Green Guide website later this month.
Study evaluates benefits of sustainable flooring in healthcare
Jennifer Dubose and Amaya Labrador of Georgia Tech collaborated with staff from the Healthy Building Network, Green Guide for Health Care, and Practice Greenhealth to conduct a study of preferences on alternative resilient flooring options in hospitals. DuBose’s research examined six hospitals that had selected and implemented sustainable resilient flooring, as well as survey responses from more than 600 people. The study investigated the experience that architects, installers, facility managers and users had with green resilient flooring materials in hospital settings, including rubber, polyolefin and linoleum. According to DuBose, the research shed light on the lesser-known products. “We were able to identify key issues that I hope will lead to increased adoption.” This research project was led by Georgia Institute of Technology, with funding from the Health Care Research Collaborative. Click here for the full report.
Bridging sustainability tools: A crosswalk between LEED-HC and the Green Guide
You asked for it and we have it in development! The Green Guide for Health Care is completing a crosswalk document to provide a clear comparison between the Green Guide construction credits and both LEED 2009 New Construction and the recently launched LEED for Healthcare. We will launch the document live in Summer 2011.
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