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Can IT Help Companies Achieve ‘Net Positive’ Environmental Impact?

Kaiser Permanente switched to electronic medical records — and reduced transportation greenhouse gas emissions. This, according to the Center for Technology and Sustainability, is just one example of how technology can address environmental challenges. The center, a partnership between Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Dell, has published its first … Read more »

Facebook, Other Major Firms to Buy Furniture Without Flame Retardant Chemicals

Facebook, Autodesk and Dignity Health are among the major corporations and government purchasers that have signed a pledge to preferentially purchase furniture made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. The Center for Environmental Health organized the pledge and has also published a list of companies that sell office furniture made without … Read more »

Chemical Management Tool Launched

Target, Staples, Kaiser Permanente and the US Green Building Council are among the organizations that joined together today to launch the Chemical Footprint Project, a metric for publicly benchmarking corporate chemicals management and profiling leadership companies. The CFP will enable purchasers to preferentially select suppliers and investors to integrate chemical risk … Read more »

44 Firms Win EPA Supply Chain Awards

Frito-Lay, Kaiser Permanente, FedEx Express and DHL Express are among the 44 truck and multi-modal carriers to receive EPA awards for supply chain environmental and energy efficiency. The 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award winners are the program’s top environmental performers, setting benchmarks in how they move products and supplies, by transporting … Read more »

Hospitals Stop Purchasing Furniture with Toxic Flame Retardants

Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical Center, and University Hospitals will stop purchasing furniture treated with toxic flame retardant chemicals. Combined, these four health systems represent 7,000 patient beds throughout Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. Each of the systems will specify with their suppliers that upholstered … Read more »

NAFRA to Kaiser: Reverse Flame Retardants Decision

Just weeks after Kaiser Permanente said it will stop purchasing furniture treated with flame retardants, a group representing flame retardants manufacturers has sent a letter urging the healthcare system to reverse its decision. The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) says flame retardants save lives and the decision by Kaiser … Read more »

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Kaiser Stops Buying Furniture with Flame Retardants

Kaiser Permanente says it will stop purchasing furniture treated with flame retardants, making it the first healthcare system in the US to remove these toxic chemicals from hospital furniture. The decision could impact more than 38 hospitals and 600 medical offices in eight states and the District of Columbia, the … Read more »

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Adobe, Google Among Founding Partners of USGB Building Health Initiative

Adobe, CalPERS, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Salesforce.com, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and 20 other corporations and institutions are founding partners in a new green building initiative. The US Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) launched the Building Health Initiative on Tuesday night at its annual Super Heroes Awards … Read more »

Sustainability Board Launches First Sector Standards, for Healthcare

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has released its first set of provisional, industry-specific standards, targeting the healthcare sector. SASB’s provisional standards are available for six industries in healthcare: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment, healthcare delivery, health care distributors and managed care. The standards address the environmental, social and governance issues … Read more »

Web Tool Identifies Commercial Building Products Recycling Options

Web Tool Identifies Commercial Building Products Recycling Options

Construction Specialties and Earth911.com have launched a web tool designed to help customers locate facilities that recycle commercial building products. The C/S Recycling Locator, which debuted at the 2013 American Institute of Architects National Convention in Denver, includes a geo-locator feature that allows users to find the most convenient recycling … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2 Fees, Korea’s REACH, Kaiser Plans

R2 Solutions, the body that oversees the R2 electronics recycling certification, will start charging a $1,500-per-facility annual fee to companies that wish to remain certified. Executive director John Lingelbach admitted that the fee will impose a burden on the smallest recyclers, Waste & Recycling News reported. South Korea has enacted … Read more »

Staples, HP, Kaiser Permanente to Use Chemical Tracking Tool

Staples, Hewlett-Packard and Kaiser Permanente are among the companies that will use a new tool that tracks the safety of chemicals in products and supply chains. The Guide to Safer Chemicals is a how-to resource for implementing four BizNGO Principles for Safer Chemicals: know and disclose product chemistry, assess and … Read more »