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  • Jan
    1
    2015

    Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind

    By: HHI Admin
    Jeff McMahon January 1, 2015 Forbes   Americans “overwhelmingly” prefer solar and wind energy to coal, oil, and nuclear energy, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.   Americans see natural gas as a bridge fuel that falls somewhere in between, offering some benefits over traditional fuels but more “harms” than solar and wind, said Harvard Government Professor Stephen Ansolabehere during a December appearance at the University of Chicago.   “Americans want to move away from coal, oil and...
  • Dec
    31
    2014

    Why 2015 Will Be the Year of Solar Energy

    By: HHI Admin
    Travis Hoium December 31, 2014 Daily Finance Whether you realize it or not, solar energy is becoming a more and more important part of our energy future. In 2013, 29 percent of new electricity-generating capacity in the U.S. was solar energy, and so far in 2014, 36 percent of new capacity is solar.

    Falling costs and improving technology will drive wider adoption, and 2015 could be a tipping point, bringing the solar industry to new parts of the country.

    The Year Solar Caught On in the U.S.

    2014 has been the start of consumers and utilities alike understanding...
  • Dec
    28
    2014

    China Can Lead the Fight on Superbugs

    By: HHI Admin

    Jim O'Neill

    December 28, 2014

    Bloomberg View

    One of the most potent threats to global economic prosperity is too little discussed. Resistance to antibiotics, caused in large part by overuse and misuse, is already well established and recognized by specialists as a problem -- but it doesn't yet frighten the public. It should.

    I've been looking into the issue closely since I was appointed chairman of a review into antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by the U.K. government. We've just published some interim findings -- and I have to tell you, I'm alarmed. This danger...

  • Dec
    24
    2014

    Sustainability Trends Catching on at Hospitals

    By: HHI Admin

    Lois Suder

    September 24, 2014

    California Hospital Association

    The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) has released its 2013 Milestone Report, showing that more hospitals are adopting sustainability practices to reduce their environmental footprint while lowering costs and improving the health of patients and staff. The report summarizes HHI’s second year of progress, with more than 630 HHI member hospitals submitting data that quantified their sustainability efforts. Data were collected in six key “challenge” areas: engaged leadership, healthier food, leaner energy,...

  • Dec
    23
    2014

    New study suggests that the majority of Americans are unaware of health impacts from climate change

    By: HHI Admin
    Center for Climate Change Communication George Mason University  Fall 2014   This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind– conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: October 17-28, 2014. Interviews: 1,275 Adults (18+). Average margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The research was funded by the 11th Hour Project, the Energy Foundation, the Grantham Foundation, and the V.K. Rasmussen...
  • Dec
    17
    2014

    HCWH and HHI Released: Energy Information and Resources for Hospitals in Massachusetts

    By: HHI Admin

    Massachusetts hospitals continue to strive towards energy efficiency. Numerous examples exist in the Commonwealth of hospitals committing resources to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions and overall costs. To continue to assist Massachusetts facilities, Health Care Without Harm and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative have released a comprehensive tool – Energy Information and Resources for Hospitals in Massachusetts. This paper, which was made possible by funding from the John...

  • Dec
    16
    2014

    Remembering the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more

    By: HHI Admin
    Heather Smith Grist.org December 16, 2014   It was the late 1970s and Theo Colborn was, like pretty much everyone else in the ’70s, getting divorced. She was in her 50s and already retired from a career as a pharmacist. She’d moved to a hobby farm that was close to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado and volunteered as a field researcher, sampling water and insects for signs that they were picking up toxins released by mining operations in the area. When she thought about what she should do next with her life, the answer that came to her was “become an expert in water...
  • Dec
    15
    2014

    Health Care Without Harm Calls for Climate Action at Launch of HHS Health Care Resilience Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2014; 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Contact: Benn Grover, Health Care Without Harm

    (888) 461-0112

    bgrover@hcwh.org

    Health Care Without Harm Calls for Climate Action at Launch of HHS Health Care Resilience Initiative

    Joins Health Care Leaders at White House Event to Commit to

    Building a Climate Resilient Health System

    [Washington, DC] – At a senior-level White House event today, Health Care Without Harm and health executives from across the...

  • Dec
    9
    2014

    Creating Healthy Retail Food Environments in Health Care Facilities

    By: HHI Admin
    The “health” of a food choice is a combination of its nutritional benefits and the way in which that food was produced, transported, and prepared. Their clinical expertise, mission to heal, and enormous purchasing power makes health care facilities the ideal locations to model healthy eating habits and create change in products available across institutional markets. Produced by Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, this new resource guides hospitals in creating a healthy retail food environment at their facilities.  Download the resource:
    Creating Healthy Retail Food...
  • Dec
    8
    2014

    Premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of chemical in medical products used to save their lives

    By: HHI Admin

    -- Researchers wonder whether exposures from plastic devices may be contributing to illness

    Hospitalized premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of a chemical found in numerous medical products used to treat them, raising questions about whether critically...

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