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Category Archives: Enviro RX

ENVIRO RX, JANUARY 2020

It's a new decade and a new year; opportunities for practicing sustainability in your own life abound. That goes doubly for your work environment. Do you have a success story? Do you know a healthcare company that is excelling in environmental protection? Apply for the 2020 ELPH Awards before the end of February & help…
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ENVIRO RX, DECEMBER 2019

We know from experience that community organizations can achieve considerable success in reaching people to engage them in activities that improve environmental awareness and promotes collective voluntary action, as well as individual behaviour changes. Dwindling government grants, the loss of public spaces such as community centers and parks and the closure of other public services…
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ENVIRO RX, NOVEMBER 2019

There are several core principles to consider when attempting to adjust one’s habits. One of these is that the messenger matters as much as the message. The increased level of awareness generated by trusted messengers such as David Attenborough has seen a surge in community-led action with new campaigns around plastic waste and air pollution.…
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ENVIRO RX, OCTOBER 2019

In August Greta Thunberg celebrated the one-year anniversary of the start of her climate change movement. She began striking by herself outside the Swedish parliament, and soon, students around the world began walking out of school, demanding action from their governments. She's been called "the voice of the planet," and has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace…
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ENVIRO RX, SEPTEMBER 2019

Although plastics have become a dirty word the reality is, we can’t live without them. So, here’s the question- how much of it do we really need? Environmentalists are urging consumers to throw out the old idea of the three R’s — reduce, reuse and recycle — and instead adopt the five R’s: refuse, reduce, reuse,…
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ENVIRO RX, JULY 2019

It may be easy to assume using reusable cutlery and plates would increase water consumption as well as costs. However, a recent case study demonstrated that a middle school discovered first hand this is not the case. With a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnetonka Middle Schools replaced their disposable utensils and bowls with…
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ENVIRO RX, MAY 2019

Businesses have traditionally exploited resources in a linear way, extracting raw materials to manufacture products for customers worldwide who then use and ultimately discard them. Today, however, critical non-renewable materials like metals, minerals and energy supplies are increasingly scarce. Also, the regenerative capacity of forests, land and oceans is under mounting pressure. As a result,…
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ENVIRO RX, APRIL 2019

 Although water seems plentiful, droughts and shortages can happen anywhere and it’s helpful to know the difference between conservation and efficiency. Water conservation includes all of the policies, programs and practices designed to help people change their behaviours and use less water. The goal is to use only the water needed; for example, turning off…
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ENVIRO RX, MARCH 2019

In an ideal world everything manufactured by people would automatically be either repurposed or reduced to its component parts and recycled for other uses, thereby presenting a sustainable, closed loop that wasted no resources. Being an imperfect world, unfortunately, results in our unwanted goods ending up in a landfill. Can we turn that situation around?…
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ENVIRO RX, February 2019

We want to thank everyone who attended our second annual Environmental Leadership Awards luncheon on January 31. EAGs commitment is to recognize individuals and organizations related, in any way to healthcare, who demonstrate leadership towards improving all aspects of environmental health and processes within their organization. Your presence helped to make this event a great…
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ENVIRO RX, JANUARY 2019

Environmental risks have become more apparent particularly in the last decade as droughts, heat stress and floods affect the world’s industries, populations and ecosystems. Proper management of an organization’s energy, natural resources and waste has a substantial effect on its environmental performance. As organizations continue to meet their stakeholder’s expectations on responsible environmental and social…
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ENVIRO RX, DECEMBER 2018

Who doesn’t appreciate the sight and sound of a babbling brook, beautiful rivers and majestic oceans. It seems reasonable, therefore, to think we must all agree on the importance of taking time to reflect on water stewardship. This means not only doing the right thing, it's also about generating resulting business benefits as well. If…
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ENVIRO RX, NOVEMBER 2018

The development and evolution of the chemical industry is directly responsible for many of the technical advancements that have emerged since the late 19th century. However, it was not until the 1980s that the environment became a priority for the chemical industry. This was prompted largely by stricter environmental regulations and a need to address the sector’s poor…
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ENVIRO RX, OCTOBER 2018

In the mid-to-late 1990s, corporate sustainability was still viewed as an add-on. Stakeholder concerns, resource pressures and societal damage were failing to influence business. Most companies continued to focus purely on economic gains. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol pushed climate action into the policy sphere and politicians began to push more demands onto the private sector.…
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ENVIRO RX, JULY 2018

Chef Jagger Gordon is a shining example of how one person can make a difference. Gordon says Canadians waste an average of 873 lbs. of food per person, per year, at a cost of approximately $30 billion. These figures are topped off with the statistics that tell us 40 percent of food produced in our…
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