Scanning the Headlines: Green

A bibliographic listing of recently published material related to green sustainable environmental issues as they relate to green construction, supplies, facilities management, waste management, etc.

Updated on September 13, 2017

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Bottemiller Evich, H. (2017, Sept. 13). The great nutrient collapse. POLITICO. Retrieved from:

Dean, L. (2016, Feb. 25). More needs to be done to prioritize climate change. HealthAffairs Blog. Retrieved from:

Long, M. (2015, Oct. 21). Tech helping medical devices go green. Marketing: Green. Retrieved from:

Machlis, B. (2015,Oct. 10). Health care facilities' waste management practices subject to big changes under proposed rule. National Law Review. Retrieved from:

Thompson, J., and Allen, M. (2015, May-June). Going green in healthcare. Healthcare Executive, 30(3), 62, 64-65.

Barnet, S. (2015, May 20). Going green 101: No longer an elective for hospitals. Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved from:

(2015, May 20). Hospital sustainable practices increased in 2014. Buildings Magazine. Retrieved from:

Peregrin, T. (2015, May). Strategies for sustainability: Going green in the OR. Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons;100(5), 10-17.

(2015, May). Leading communities to a healthier future: 2014 milestone report. Healthier Hospitals, a Practice Greenhealth program. Reston, VA: Healthier Hospitals. Retrieved from:

Jarousse, L. (2015, Mar. 10). Key steps in greening the OR. H&HN Daily. Retrieved from:

Jarousee, L. (2015, Mar. 10). Sustainability in the operating room. Retrieved from:

(2015). How to Select a Hospital Plastics Recycling Strategy. St. Paul, MN: Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council. Retrieved from:

Butcher, L. (2014, Nov. 10). Hospitals going green: some systems are shifting from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources. Modern Healthcare, 44(45), 22-24.

(October 1, 2014). Hospital sustainability spending on the rise. Environmental Leader. Retrieved from:

Eagle, A., (2014, Sept.) Sustainable performance: Hospitals size up the value proposition of going green. Health Facilities Management, 27(9), 16-21.

2013 milestone report: leading communities to a healthier future. Healthier Hospitals Initiative, Aug. 2014.

Environmental Sustainability in Hospitals: The Value of Efficiency. Chicago: American Hospital Association, May 2014.

Martin, D. New energy campaign aims to support care. Health Facilities Management. Apr. 2, 2014.

Greening the operating. Dot Med Daily News. Mar. 10, 2014.

Smock, D. Healthier healthcare program grows to 837 hospitals. Plasticstoday. Jan. 27, 2014.

Boyd, B. Determining the true cost of sustainability in healthcare. CSRwire. Jan. 16, 2014.

LeBlanc, A. Eight best practices. Health Facilities Management. Nov. 4, 2013.

Herman, B. 50 of the greenest hospitals in America. Becker’s Hospital Review;2013(10):76, 78, 80, 83, Oct. 2013.

Brannen, L. Inspiring a greener future: with board support and leadership direction, sustainability becomes part of hospital culture. Trustee;66(9):26-27, Oct. 2013.

Robeznieks, A. In the LEED: hospitals find value in healthcare-specific criteria. Modern Healthcare;43(36):32-33, 35, Sept. 9, 2013.

Martin, D. Going for the green: tools to help hospitals on the road to sustainability. Health Facilities Management;26(9):47-50, Sept. 2013.

Mandyck, J. Why investing in energy efficient buildings make fiscal sense. Triple Pundit Newsletter. Aug. 7, 2013.

Burmahl, B. Shades of green slow but steady progress on road to sustainability. HFM Magazine. July 7, 2013.

Ferenc, J. Poised for progress hospitals continue on path to sustainability. HFM Magazine. July 7, 2013.

Burmahl, B., and Hoppszallern, S. Shades of green. Health Facilities Management;26(7):19-25, July 2013.

2013 Environmental excellence awards. Practice Greenhealth, accessed June 19, 2013 at

Herman, B. 4 Reasons why sustainability investments are vital to hospital finance strategies. Becker’s Hospital Review. June 11, 2013.

Browne, E.M. A green solution: partnering with energy providers on solar power. Inside ASHE: 21-23, Summer 2013.

Hardesty, L. Hospitals can reduce energy 62%. Energy Manager Today. May 22, 2013.

Minich-Pourshadi, K. Energy-efficient choices preserve hospital margins. HealthLeaders Media. Mar. 6, 2013.

Brodwin, D. Sustainability Pays. US news. Feb. 28, 2013.

Pruss-Usten A and others, ed. Safe management of wastes from health care activities. 2nd ed. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2013.

Safe management of wastes from health-care activities. World Health Organizations. 2nd ed. 2013.

Kaplan, S., Vickers, S., Sister, and Audet, A. How Sustainable Hospitals Are Achieving Major Savings. New York: Commonwealth Fund, Dec. 4, 2012.

Ferenc, J. Sustainable benefits. Health Facilities Management;25(12):29-32, Dec. 2012.

2012 Sustainability benchmark report. Practice Greenhealth, Aug. 2012.

Mulvihill, N. Green initiatives. Health Progress;93(4):49-53, July-Aug. 2012.

Cohen, G. Promoting sustainable health care. Washington: Council on Environmental Quality, July 24, 2012.

Pecci, A. Nurse leaders key to hospital sustainability efforts. HealthLeaders Media. Apr. 10, 2012.

Boone, T. Creating a Culture of Sustainability. Reston, VA: Health Care Without Harm, Apr. 2012.

Brown, J. Going green because we ought to: an ethicist’s perspective on environmental sustainability. Healthcare Design;12(2):12, 14, 16, 18, Feb. 2012.

Quan, X., Joseph, A., and Jelen, M. Green cleaning in healthcare: moving toward a systematic approach. Healthcare Design;12(2):24, 26, 28, 30-32, Feb. 2012.

Berry, N. Rethinking rehabilitation. Greenhealth Magazine, 2012.

Durhman, A. Green roofs: once a novelty, now becoming a necessity. FacilityCare. 16(8):22-23, Nov.-Dec. 2011.

Guenther, R. The first decade of sustainable healthcare: a look back at healthcare’s sustainable achievements. FacilityCare. 16(8):14-15, Nov.-Dec. 2011.

Lawler, I., and Krehlik, T. Fostering a sustainable culture. FacilityCare. 16(8):34-36, Nov.-Dec. 2011.

Advancing efficiency. Health Facilities Management, July 2011.

Dunn, L. The energy to go green: 5 changes to help the environment and improve your hospital's bottom line. Becker's Hospital Review. June 20, 2011.

Eagle, A. Sustainable by design. Health Facilities Management;24(5):32-35, May 2011.

Eagle, A. Green facilities finish first. Health Facilities Management;24(5):36-38, May 2011.

LEED for healthcare rating system. Washington, DC: U.S. Green Building Council, accessed Feb. 7, 2011.

Hoffschneider, J., Wadhwa, S., and Rich, C. Greening healthcare: the healing environment. Facility Care. 15(6):24-27, Sept. 2010.

Commins, J. Aurora health care announces 'green' hospital. HealthLeaders Media. Aug. 4, 2010.

Six Health Systems Form Initiative to Speed Greening of Hospitals. Medical Construction & Design. 6(4):14, Aug. 2010.

Rygielski, L. Building a business case for going green. Healthcare Design. 10(8):10, 12, Aug. 2010.

Thum, S. Guided by green; small, rural hospital uses LEED alternative for sustainable design guidelines. Healthcare Construction & Operations. 7(4):8-10, Jul/Aug 2010.

Your hospital's choice of anesthetics could speed global warming. Fierce Healthcare. July 16, 2010.

Green + greener. Hospitals embrace environmentally sustainable practices, though laggards remain. Health Facilities Management. 23(7):15-21, July 10, 2010.

Six major systems announce “green” initiatives. Health Facilities Management. 23(7):6, July 10, 2010.

Carpenter, D., and Hoppszallern, S. 2010 Sustainable Operations Survey Hospitals Embrace Environmentally Sustainable Practices, Through Laggards Remain. HFM Magazine. July 7, 2010.

Kuspan, J., Risner, P., and Siegler, D. Pioneering the platinum path for healthcare. FacilityCare. 15(4):26-28, July 2010.

Greening reaches the operating room. Healthcare Design. 10(7):10-12, July 2010.

Heider, E. J., and Brockman, C. Initial cost and life cycle value of a living hospital building. Facility Care. 15(3):28-31, May/June 2010.

St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, St. Vincent Hospital earn green awards. Green Bay Press Gazette. May 17, 2010.

Rhea, S. Green hospitals: healthcare heavyweights back use of initiative. Modern Healthcare. 40(20):10-11, May 17, 2010.

Robeznieks, A. Sustainable buildings: designers fear construction-rating effort will fall short. Modern Healthcare. 40(20):10, May 17, 2010.

Gaerig, C. Research study shows hospitals can reduce energy by 60%. Healthcare Design. May 14, 2010.

Wurmbrand, M. M., and Klotz, T. C. Reporting required? Hospitals and EPA’s new greenhouse gas rule. Health Facilities Management. 23(4):33-35, Apr. 2010.

Bonnema, E., Pless, S, and Boebber, I. Advanced energy design guide for small hospitals and healthcare facilities. FacilityCare, 15(2):32-35, Mar./Apr. 2010.

Kwakye, G., and others. Commentary: a call to go green in health care by reprocessing medical equipment. Academic Medicine. 85 (3): 398-400, Mar. 2010.

Implementing sustainable, green healthcare design: one children’s hospital’s story of success. Healthcare Design. 10(3):16-18, Mar. 2010.

Gunsolus, R. L., and Budaus, M. Lean and green. 23(3):32-35, Health Facilities Management. Mar. 2010.

How to save energy (and money). HealthLeaders Media. Feb. 1, 2010.

Pourshadi, K. Your HVAC could save you millions. HealthLeaders Media. Feb. 1, 2010.

Gaerig C. A list for a healthier future. Perkins+Will's Precautionary List is a new tool for designers and architects that aims to remove "worst-in-class" chemicals from the built environment. Healthcare Design online, Jan 4, 2010.

Watson, A.E. LEED by example: using sustainable design to create a healing environment. Healthcare Design. 10(1):16, 18, 20. Jan. 2010.

Executive Primer on Hospital Environmental Sustainability. Chicago: American Hospital Association, 2010.

Bartley, J., and others. Current views of health care design and construction: practical implications for safer, cleaner environments. Washington, DC: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc. 2010.


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