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Green Guide Releases Toolkit
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The new Green Guide for Health Care, Version 2.2 Operations is the first voluntary, best practices green building and operations toolkit customized for existing health care facilities. The new toolkit includes updated regulatory standards, best practices and resources reflecting the most current available information, including alignment with the 2008 updates to the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system.
The new toolkit also focuses on emerging priorities in the health care sector, such as emissions reporting, low-impact grounds maintenance, sustainable food service and multiattribute environmentally preferable purchasing.
The system is self-certifying and focuses on continuous improvement. It emphasizes integrated operations and education by providing guidance on establishing a cross-departmental structure governing environmental programs and emphasizing ongoing education of staff, patients, visitors and the general public on the connection between sustainability in operations and human health.
For more information, visit the Green Guide for Health Care.