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Bridging the Physics of Building with the Physiology of Health Care: Greening Healthcare Facilities Roundtable (2006)

By Andreas Phelps, Michael Horman, Marcia Barr, Justin Brower, David Riley, Jorge Vanegas, and Annie Pearce, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Penn State University for the Mascaro Sustainability Initiative, 2006. 65 pp. Key members of the building industry, green design community, healthcare industry, academic institutions, and government agencies gathered in a targeted dialogue to consider the feasibility of forming a consortium to improve how healthcare facilities are planned, designed, constructed, and maintained.

Design for Health: Summit for Massachusetts Health Care Decision Makers (2005)

designforhealthBy Alexis Karolides (RMI), with input from Tomakin Archambault (RMI), Bill Ravanesi (HCWH), Robin Guenther (Guenther 5 Architects), Gail Vittori (CMPBS) and Barbra Batshalom (The Green Roundtable), Rocky Mountain Institute, Health Care Without Harm. 70 pp.

The primary goal of “Design for Health: Summit for Massachusetts Healthcare Decision Makers” was to bring together leading healthcare facility decision makers, discuss the arguments for and evidence supporting healthy design, and brainstorm initiatives and implementation strategies to achieve healthier hospitals — healthier for patients, healthier for staff, healthier for the environment and community, and healthier for hospital financial security.

Designing the 21st Century Hospital: Environmental Leadership for Healthier Patients and Facilities (2006)

21sthospitalThe Center for Health Design, Health Care Without Harm, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, September 2006. 133 pp. A series of six white papers that individually tackle very different aspects of this complex, intricate, and compelling subject. Together, they represent an incredible opportunity to move healthcare from the status quo to becoming more responsible stewards of the environment.


First Do No Harm
Gary Cohen

Values-Driven Design and Construction: Enriching Community Benefits through Green Hospitals
Robin Guenther, Gail Vittori, Cynthia Atwood

Creating Safe and Healthy Spaces: Selecting Materials that Support Healing
Mark Rossi, PhD and Tom Lent

Preventative Medicine for the Environment: Developing and Implementing Environmental Programs that Work
Laura Brannen

Redefining Healthy Food: An Ecological Health Approach to Food Production, Distribution, and Procurement
Jamie Harvie PE

Toward an Ecological View of Health: An Imperative for the Twenty-First Century
Ted Schettler, MD, MPH

Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, and Economics, Workshop Summary (2007)

greenhealthcareBoard on Population Health and Public Health Practice (BPH), Institute of Medicine, National Academies Press. Howard Frumkin, and Christine Coussens, Rapporteurs, Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.

This workshop focused on the environmental and health impacts related to the design, construction, and operation of healthcare facilities. This workshop summary captures the discussions and presentations by the speakers and participants; they identified the areas in which additional research is needed, the processes by which change can occur, and the gaps in knowledge.

Setting Healthcare’s Environmental Agenda (SHEA, 2000)

healthcareagendaKaiser Permanente, Health Care Without Harm, Catholic Healthcare West, American Nurses Association, Consorta Catholic Resource Partners, Premier, Catholic Health East, Catholic Health Initiatives, U.S. EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, 65 pp. The chapters in this document are a proposal for change. Each one describes a problem area and proposes solutions based on the existing experience of healthcare providers. Each paper also includes resources that provide additional information on the topic.

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