Magazine article Health Facilities Management

New Tools to Reach Sustainability Goals

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

New Tools to Reach Sustainability Goals

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Hospitals are striving for sustainability as they work to improve building performance and facility operations in ways that contribute to a healthier environment, bottom line and community. But finding practical ways to achieve these goals--often referred to as the "triple bottom line," sometimes can be challenging because a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

Some hospitals have followed sustainability prescriptions before, only to get frustrated when results don't match up with those promised. The key is to focus on solutions that have proven results.

That's why three personal membership groups of the American Hospital Association are working together to help hospitals on their journey toward sustainability. ASHE, the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and the Association for Healthcare Resources & Materials Management (AHRMM) are developing hands-on information specifically tailored for hospitals. This in-depth information will be useful to health care facilities whether they have worked on sustainability measures for years or are just getting started.

The primary resource developed by ASHE, AHE and AHRMM is a group of performance improvement measures (pIMs). These PIMs have been written at all levels, from basic to advanced. Some are quick, easy measures--called Green Light projects--that offer rapid results. While facilities already may have enacted these measures, they can benefit from more complex PIMs that require greater resources. …

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