Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Reaching Higher for Savings

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Reaching Higher for Savings

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The editors of Health Facilities Management (HFM) are proud to once again bring you our Sustainable Operations Survey, in which we examine how hospitals are performing in key areas of energy and waste management, water conservation and green cleaning.

Published in cooperation with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Association for the Healthcare Environment, this year's study found that health care facilities continue to make great strides in sustainability overall, although many are not going as far as they could to achieve greater degrees of efficiency.

One of the most common starting points for sustainability--energy savings--is being tracked and reported by 69 percent of respondents. However, less activity is seen in waste stream reduction, water conservation and sustainable cleaning.

While barriers to deeper commitments cited by respondents include everything from competing investment/spending priorities to employee time limitations, respondents report relatively healthy levels of support from staff and management. Indeed, in data collected during the survey but not included in this month's cover story, respondents report as only "minor challenges" or "no challenge at all" lack of senior management support (77 percent), lack of clinical staff engagement (77 percent) and lack of nonclinical staff engagement (82 percent). …

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