Global Climate Change and Children’s Health

Read the full story in Pediatrics. There is broad scientific consensus that Earth's climate is warming rapidly and at an accelerating rate. Human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels, are very likely (>90% probability) to be the main cause of this warming. Climate-sensitive changes in ecosystems are already being observed, and fundamental, potentially irreversible, …

Tech Helping Medical Devices Go Green

Read the full post at Marketing:Green. Even if we’re loathe to admit that climate change is a thing, it makes sense for those who use the most energy to do what they can to keep their carbon footprint in check, which puts the medical industry right up near the top of the list. According to …

Health Care Facilities’ Waste Management Practices Subject to Big Changes Under Proposed Rule

Read the full story in the National Law Review. On September 25, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule altering the regulatory regime governing the handling and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals generated at healthcare facilities and managed at pharmaceutical reverse distributors. The proposal is intended to simplify the regulatory burden of complying with …

Fact sheet: Energy Efficiency and Health

Download the document. Lowering the amount of energy we waste reduces our need to burn coal and other fossil fuels to generate electricity. Those reductions in pollution mean big gains for health, as pollutants from fossil fuel combustion contribute to four of the leading causes of death in the United States: cancer, chronic lower respiratory …

Can Google Open Data Initiative Build Environmentally Sustainable Buildings?

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. Google, in partnership with thinkstep, building architecture and engineering efficiency firm Flux and the Healthy Building Network have launched a free database that aims to promote environmentally sustainable buildings. The Quartz database is the result of a year-long collaboration known as the Quartz Project, whose overall mission is …

October 2015 issue of NTIS National Technical Reports Newsletter features e-cycling publications

The October 2015 issue of NTIS' National Technical Reports Newsletter features a sampling of new and historic information on electronics recycling that is available from NTIS via the NTRL website. The issue also includes links to the public access plans of several federal agencies and an overview of NTIS' new NTRL database.

Hospitals rank among ‘greenest’ in US

Read the full story in Grand Rapids Business Journal. Three West Michigan hospitals have been recognized nationally for their green practices. Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Metro Health Hospital and Bronson Methodist Hospital are among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America" for 2015. The ranking features hospitals that are leading the industry …