Victor Mitry is called a “hero” because, thanks to his forethought, health care workers at University of California Los Angeles Health did not experience a shortage of isolation gowns during the pandemic. Now his innovative strategy is continuing to pay off over the long term with cost savings and environmental benefits.

by Emma Sirois

Mourners attend a vigil for Guatemalan-born farmworker Sebastian Francisco Perez, 38, who died during the heat wave a week ago in Marion County while moving field irrigation lines, in St. Paul, Oregon, U.S. July 3, 2021. PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union organized the vigil outside Ernst Nursery & Farms, the company where Perez was employed. (REUTERS/Alisha Jucevic)

By Emma Sirois

You may have heard of the devastation happening in the Pacific Northwest due to the recent heatwave. As someone living in the area, it’s hard to ignore. On June 27, temperatures in Portland, Ore. soared to 116 F, and areas of British Columbia, Canada experienced an unfathomable high of 121 F.

In Oregon, more than 100 deaths were caused by the recent heatwave — one in particular has led a community in mourning to call for justice.

“ I don’t sell plant-based, I sell delicious looking and tasting food that just happens to be plant-based.” — Dan Henroid, University of California San Francisco Medical Center

San Francisco is known for its great food. Walk a few blocks in almost any direction and you are likely to find something delicious, creative, and satisfying. In an atmosphere of such stiff competition, one might think a hospital cafe doesn’t stand a chance, but University of California San Francisco Health (UCSF Health) is defying expectations, attracting customers, and increasing sales.

UCSF Health operates three sites in San Francisco, Calif. The Department…

Bernard Robinson stands next to one of the ambulances he helped develop at Northwell Health Center for Emergency Medical Services. Photo courtesy of Carlyle Miller.

After concerned New Yorkers lodged thousands of complaints about the toxic fumes belched out by ambulances idling on the city’s street corners, paramedics at Northwell Health set their sights on making their emergency response vehicles more sustainable.

Their biggest challenge: How to slash the emissions that threaten community health while ensuring the high-tech life-support systems remain operational and vital drugs are stored onboard at correct temperatures.

After first developing ambulances that used solar panels and compressed natural gas, the Northwell team of drivers and EMTs opted instead for a hybrid diesel-electric system that uses ZeroRPM idle reduction technology. …

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Friday, April 30th marked President Biden’s 100th day in office, a key benchmark for reflecting on a new administration’s accomplishments. The president came into office with four priorities — COVID-19, climate, race, and the economy — all determinants of health. In his first 100 days in office, President Biden has prioritized climate solutions and environmental justice that will benefit health care systems, along with their employees, patients, and communities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the resilience of our buildings and supply chains, and reducing health inequities.

Since day one, President Biden has taken important steps to tackle the twin…

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This highly visual and interactive presentation shares examples of how visualizing sustainability-specific data can evoke narratives and emotion to help people see themselves within the data and take action.

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Our new interactive platform has all the power of social media and in-person networking in one package, connecting you to peers and suppliers working on solutions.

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The Biden-Harris administration’s actions to address climate change and environmental…

Workers prepare meals for the the Spaht food truck (Karen Gowen)

A passion for food is deeply embedded in Anuradha Bhalla’s DNA. Growing up in Delhi, she would follow her grandfather around the hectic kitchens of his famed Moti Mahal restaurant, tasting the spices he used to invent dishes such as tandoori chicken.

Emigrating to Massachusetts four years ago, she spent months testing out curry recipes on her family as she tried to capture the complex flavors of her grandfather’s closely guarded recipes and convert them into ready-made sauces.

Joining Boston’s CommonWealth Kitchen (CWK) — an incubator for food entrepreneurs — proved a vital catalyst. Working with her husband Tarun, the…

Noriel San Pedro on plant-forward menus, serving comfort in COVID-19 times, and new twists on traditional meals

The winner

“Adobo de la tierra” represents Chef Noriel San Pedro’s passion for cooking while celebrating the bounty provided by California’s rich soil. San Pedro’s inspiration for the dish harkens back to his youth when San Pedro’s mother would prepare the traditional Filipino dish using items available in the small town of San Ricardo, in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. This is where Noriel began to gain an understanding of living off the land and develop his love for preparing delicious meals.

Harvard study findings should spur rapid action

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A recent study from Harvard University, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, and University College London, continues to reinforce the message we must no longer ignore: we are paying to use fossil fuels with our lives and our health, and our most vulnerable populations are suffering at higher rates.

The study found that one in five deaths can be attributed to fossil fuel air pollution. …

By Emma Sirois

We’re counting on the Biden-Harris administration to apply the many lessons we learned last year to create policy that supports a more inclusive, healthy, and resilient food system. From embracing food-related climate change solutions to supporting and empowering BIPOC farmers, here are the most important issues and policy actions we recommend the administration prioritize for the health of our communities and planet.

1) Embrace food-related climate change solutions

The food system is a key contributor to climate change from the way our food is produced, transported, consumed, and disposed. Interventions in this system are critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting our…

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Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement.

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