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Greening Healthcare

officeimg_0004editThe Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®  is dedicated to improving indoor air and eliminating toxins from the environment.  It is fitting that our award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program originated at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). Since 2001, it  has become a springboard for other healthcare facilities to learn not only about the advantages of green cleaning, but to accelerate programs that put broader greening concepts into practice.  

We believe in the value of holistic, integrative medicine that considers the potential impact of environmental factors on disease -- and wellness.

We believe in the importance of a healthy, organic diet, free of pesticides and animal hormones.

This page summarizes content and resources related to greening healthcare.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the source for environmental solutions for the health care sector and lends support to create better, safer, greener workplaces and communities.
Practice Greenhealth is a nonprofit membership organization founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and best practices by organizations in the health care community.
Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

The Sustainability Roadmap site is intended to provide tools and resources that are vendor-, product-, and service provider-neutral. All Roadmap materials are available for download without charge. We seek content expertise from the entire health care community, including hospital staff and industry experts. However, all content submissions are reviewed by multiple ASHE, AHRMM, and AHE committees and volunteers before they are published on the Roadmap.


 Deirdre Imus's Mission to Green up Toxic Hospitals

Hospitals Go Green
(Wall St. Journal)

The Sarkis & Siran Gabrellian Women's & Children's Pavilion at Hackensack University Medical Center

Pavilion Introduction
Women's and Children's Hospital Named Top 10 Green Hospitals In Country
Tour the Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion

Learn more about one of America's first environmentally responsible and sustainable healthcare facilities as seen in this pull out insert in the The New York Times.

Click on the images to view a PDF of the inserts...
Green Guide for Healthcare
"Best Practices for Creating High-Performance Healing Environments"


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