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American Society for Healthcare Engineering
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering is dedicated to optimizing the healthcare physical environment.

Better Bricks (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance)
Better Bricks helps organizations reap the bottom line benefits of energy management. They have a particular interest in hospital energy efficiency.

The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design is a leading research and advocacy organization of forward-thinking healthcare and design professionals who are leading the quest to improve the quality of healthcare through building architecture and design.

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems is a non-profit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design, located in Austin, Texas. The Green Guide for Health Care is a project of CMPBS. The Center offers a broad range of resources on innovative sustainable building technologies with a bio-regional focus.

Clean Production Action
Clean Production Action is designing and delivering strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products for a closed loop materials economy. They offer a range of resources related to green chemistry, materials assessment, including reports and case studies on products and industries in transition.

EnergyStar® for Healthcare
EnergyStar® for Healthcare is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping the healthcare industry save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. EnergyStar offers a range of customized tools for measuring, benchmarking and tracking energy performance of buildings, and maintains a resource library of articles and reports on energy conservation topics.

Global Health and Safety Initiative (GHSI)
Global Health and Safety Initiative (GHSI) is a sector-wide collaboration to transform the way that healthcare designs, builds and operates its facilities as well as the products healthcare uses within those facilities. GHSI aims to build a learning community and leverage the expertise of its partners to support evidence-based improvements at the intersection of patient safety, worker safety and environmental sustainability.

Health Care Without Harm
Health Care Without Harm is a global coalition of 443 organizations in 52 countries working to protect health by reducing pollution in the health care industry. The Green Guide for Health Care is a project of Health Care Without Harm. Their website offers a range of tools and resources focused on the environmental and health impacts of construction, operation, purchasing and waste both in the US and beyond.

Healthy Building Network
Healthy Building Network is dedicated to transforming the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social practices. They offer a range of resources, fact sheets and reports on the environmental and health issues associated with the manufacture, use and disposal of contemporary building materials.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Institute for Healthcare Improvement is helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. IHI works to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care, and helping health care systems put those ideas into action.

The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission strives to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

National Health Service Sustainable Development Unit
National Health Service Sustainable Development Unit for England is a small unit of seven people in Cambridge who provide leadership, support and policy input to ensure the NHS in England is the leading public sector organization in promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change. They publish reports, checklists and case studies related to green healthcare.

The Nightingale Institute for Health and the Environment (1997–2006)
The Nightingale Institute for Health and the Environment (1997–2006) assisted healthcare professionals to recognize the inextricable link between human and environmental health and their role in creating the change in practice needed to improve the health of humans and the environment. It published a range of resources on reducing waste and mercury elimination in healthcare, and continues to make those resources available through its website.

Planetree
Planetree (models of care) is a non-profit membership organization working with hospitals and health centers to develop and implement patient-centered care in healing environments. A number of Planetree hospitals are Green Guide registered projects.

Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth collaborated with the Green Guide in development of the Green Guide Operations Section and the Operations Pilot. In addition, the Green Guide co-develops a Webinar Series. Practice Greenhealth maintains an extensive resource library dedicated to sustainable practices in healthcare.

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization fostering the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. They host a range of resources relevant to healthcare settings.

Sustainable Hospitals Project
Sustainable Hospitals Project provides technical support to the healthcare industry for selecting products and work practices that reduce the occupational and environmental hazards, maintain quality patient care and contain costs. The site contains background information on latex, mercury and PVC devices.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The U.S. Green Building Council has generously supported the Green Guide for Health Care.

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