The Premier healthcare alliance (Charlotte, N.C.) and 61 of its alliance member hospitals have been honored by Practice Greenhealth in recognition of their environmentally sustainable healthcare practices.
For the eighth year in a row, Premier received the “Champion for Change” award, given to organizations that demonstrate success in greening their enterprises and leadership in helping others improve their own environmental initiatives. Premier’s GreenHealthy environmental leadership program specifically contributed to their recognition by Practice Greenhealth.
According to Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, and vice president of the Premier Safety Institute, member hospitals have saved “more than $10 million in energy procurement” and have avoided “14,000 tons of CO2 emissions with the purchase of renewable energy” because of the SPHERE collaboration, a piece of the Greenhealthy initiative focused on reducing industry energy costs, usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
All resources and tools for Premier’s leadership program are publicly available on the Safety Institute website at http://www.premierinc.com/greenhealthy.
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