How to Conduct a Material and Waste Baseline and Track Over Time

Recorded On: 11/15/2016

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Session Description:

In order to submit a Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award, hospitals are required to submit data on the types and amounts of wastes that are generated. Award thresholds include a less than 10% Regulated Medical Waste rate and a minimum of a 15% recycling rate. The award reviewers also require other waste reduction activities and some details on how hospitals achieved the targets.

Join Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and former health care Waste Manager for an overview of the categories that Practice Greenhealth has established in order for hospitals to use a standardized practice for measuring materials and waste. Janet will provide a step by step approach to tracking each waste stream. Christopher Bodkin will provide details on the data requirements for material and waste tracking.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this sharing call, attendees will be able to:

    • Understand how Practice Greenhealth defines material and waste stream categories.
    • Understand the importance of both the amount of waste and associated costs for prioritizing waste reduction strategies.
    • Identify the thresholds required for Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards criteria.
    • Recognize that waste and recycler haulers can support a hospital's data collection needs.
    • Identify resources to help track materials and waste streams.
    • Understand the data collection requirements for both Environmental Excellence Awards and sector benchmarking.

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Janet Howard

Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals, Practice Greenhealth


Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees.  Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

With Iqbal Mian, Janet developed a strategic deployment consult offering at Practice Greenhealth. The day-long program facilitates the facility or system's vision, mission, goals and elevator speeches for sustainability programming in alignment with overall strategic organizational goals. This senior level engagement results in strategic deployment and optimizes programmatic success.

Janet pioneered sustainability in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. Read Janet’s columns on her LinkedIn profile.

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Contact Info:

Email: jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org (T): 866.598.2110

Christopher Bodkin

Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition data coordinator

Bodkin’s role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the health care sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both accessibility of sustainability performance data and impact. Bodkin was named to GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

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