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Greening the Supply Chain Initiative Targets Healthcare Industry

Practice Greenhealth has launched a new initiative designed to encourage more environmentally friendly product purchasing within the healthcare industry.

Practice Greenhealth has announced the formation of the Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative, a program created to support hospitals by engaging businesses in environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) practices for products within healthcare facilities, GPOs and in the business marketplace. The initiative will provide a common set of tools for purchasers, suppliers and manufacturers to ensure that environmentally preferable products are available, cost competitive, of comparable quality, and generate a sector wide market shift in the direction of sound EPP practices.

The Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative encompasses the following:

  • The EPP Supporter Program, a collaborative effort between GPOs and Practice Greenhealth to bring greater environmental consciousness to the purchasing process;
  • Development of standardized environmental disclosure questions for medical products, based on the Kaiser Permanente sustainability scorecard, to create an industry standard for evaluating the sustainability of medical products;
  • Establishment of the EPP Business Leadership Coalition, designed to provide broader, shared involvement on the part of hospitals, GPOs and businesses;
  • Expansion of education and training opportunities for those involved in the EPP process.

Many of the products used in healthcare environments have environmentally preferable alternatives that may reduce health impacts to patients and staff, eliminate hazardous waste disposal, save energy and water, or reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from a facility, say Practice Greenhealth officials.

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Source: Practice Greenhealth, August 23, 2011


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