Serving more than 3,600 U.S. hospitals and 120,000 other healthcare sites, members of the Premier healthcare alliance are working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability.
Premier leads the industry, being named a “Champion for Change” award recipient from Practice Greenhealth (formerly H2E) for fourteen years in a row – firmly establishing Premier and its members as leaders in healthcare and setting the bar in the industry for commitment to environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) and sustainability best practices.
Premier was selected for the award for its commitment to a healthy environment, evidenced in its GreenHealthy program, led by the Premier Safety Institute. GreenHealthy includes Premier’s EPP (environmentally preferable purchasing) program, comprehensive website with tools and resources on healthcare energy reduction to help hospitals reduce their carbon footprint, an internal corporate-wide Yes to Green program, “quick win” case studies on sustainability best practices on Premier’s GreenCorner website, and advocacy and partnerships to advance the healthcare sustainability agenda.
- Download a summary of Premier’s GreenHealthy program
Premier recognizes contracted suppliers with environmentally preferable products. Premier uses a green leaf icon to tag over 250 “environmentally preferable contracts” from contracted suppliers in its electronic catalog for members, “Supply Chain Advisor.” These contracts have products or services with environmentally preferable attributes that reduce the negative impact on the quality and health of the environment and consider, for example, the product materials, potential toxicity, production, packaging, reusability, energy efficiency, disposal, nationally recognized certification, or its impact on the environment. In collaboration with our contracted suppliers and member contracting teams and committees, Premier helps to ensure the availability of these environmentally preferable products and services for our members.
EPP –green products/contracts
Premier has more than 250 environmentally preferable contracts, including those addressing medical products, food and energy efficiency. Premier maintains a selected list of EPP contracts/products that is located in Premier’s “Supply Chain Advisor (SCA)” catalog. Additional product details are housed with each contract and suppliers may also be contacted for complete product information. (Member log-in required for access to Supply Chain Advisor.)
- Premier offers a latex-free catalog that contains 132,000 latex-free items in 4,000 categories from 1,100 suppliers and includes both contracted and non-contracted items (October 2014). Download in Supply Chain Advisor on front page under “Contract Resources.” (Member login required)
Healthcare energy reduction is part of Premier’s commitment to a healthy environment, focusing on reducing industry energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. Visit our energy website for tools and resources and more information about healthcare energy reduction.
Premier’s Corporate Sustainability Initiative
Led by the internal “Green Team”, environmentally preferable and green considerations guide the acquisition, use, maintenance, reuse, recycling, and disposal of products and services used throughout Premier’s corporate offices, business operations, and conference services. A special employee Yes to Green Web site provides tips for office and home, guidance on corporate initiatives, and highlights successes.
Premier’s Yes to Green Pledge
Nearly 90% of Premier employees took the Yes to Green employee pledge to collectively reduce Premier’s carbon footprint by implementing five “green” strategies.
Yes to green employee pledge
Premier provides testimony and communications with federal agencies and Congress on key environmental issues for healthcare, advocating a rationale, cost-effective, and evidence-based approach. View Advocacy website.
To achieve our environmental goals, Premier has established strategic partnerships with numerous organizations that share our goals and have tools and resources to assist hospitals with their environmental programs.
- Practice Green Health
- Healthier Hospitals Initiative
Premier is a proud supporter of the as part of the efforts of our GreenHealthy environmental leadership program to promote a safer, more cost effective and sustainable healthcare. Premier encourages healthcare organizations to join the campaign and commit to using safer and less toxic products, reduce energy consumption and waste, purchase healthier food, and adopt policies to ensure sustainability.
- American Society of Healthcare Engineering
- Chemical Footprint Project (CFP)
- Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
- Environmental Protection Agency- Energy Star
- Green Electronics Council
- Health Care Without Harm
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health