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					                       Ontario Hospital Clean Air Challenge
                        Hospitals Healing the Environment
                                Teleconference Notes

                                      GROUNDS
                  Landscaping – Buildings – Water - Chemicals
                                  Thursday, October 18, 2007

                                   11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
                             Conference call number: (416) 507-9740
                                  Participant code: 1007761 #
                                   Toll-Free: 1-866-512-0904


    1. Welcome and introductions

Attendees:

         Allan Kelly, St. Michael‟s – Toronto
         Eduarda Colado, St. Michael‟s – Toronto
         Karen Graham, Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital
         Tammy Quigley, St. Mary‟s General Hospital – Kitchener
         John Derschner, St. Mary‟s General Hospital – Kitchener
         Rick Anderson, Woodstock General Hospital - Woodstock
         J. J. Knott, Norfolk General Hospital – Simcoe
         Mark Read, London Health Sciences – London
         Carrie Sophonow, Chatham-Kent Health, Chatham
         Michael Slattery, Bluewater Health, Sarnia
         Colin Fairbain, Bluewater Health, Sarnia
         Catlain Matei, Women‟s College – Toronto
         Dave Pickering, Markham Stouffville, Markham

Staff:
         Chris Wolnik, Executive Director, C2P2
         Kent Waddington, C2P2 Project Support


    2. Recap last month
              a. Action items from last month
                      CHES benchmarking study update
                         Believed that Joel Carr-Braint was working on a benchmarking study
                         on behalf of Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and not CHES. Joel
                         has moved on from KGH but Kent is still trying to track him down to
                         determine if any of his research or survey notes may be available for
                         use by the Ontario Hospital Clean Air Challenge.
                      J.J. Knott to provide Kent with Joel‟s contact details.

                     Hemp Bags
                      The hemp bags have been received, packaged and shipped via
                      Canada Post to all eligible facilities.


          b. Programme Evaluation Results
          c. Challenges
          d. Suggested Enhancements &Changes



3. Discuss new materials
   Participants discussed their landscaping practices.
   Norfolk General hospital has a „zero irrigation‟ policy during the summer months. In
   addition, the Norfolk Association for Community Living has been hired to hand weed
   lawns. Three days a week, two people pick weeds with an excellent success rate. Price
   is comparable to pesticide spraying.

   St. Mary‟s in Kitchener has had a „no pesticide‟ policy for the past five years.
   Contractors are requested to limit/eliminate use of gas-powered equipment on official
   smog days. Occasionally timing and scheduling can be a problem as they use an
   outside grounds contractor who does have other client obligations to meet and can‟t
   always easily reschedule at the hospital. St. Mary‟s has very little grass, has drought
   resistant vegetation and mulches all grass clippings.

   According to Tammy Quigley, it makes more sense to change the landscape as opposed
   to maintaining the golf course like lawn.

   Bluewater Health has added river stone to their landscaping which in part helps to
   eliminate some grass areas.

   Norfolk General has also planted clover and drought resistant ground cover to reduce
   the problem they were having with grubs. “Grubs hate clover.”

   Pesticide-free by-laws:
   Waterloo subscribes to a by-law restricting the use of pesticides during July and August
   unless the company applying the pesticide can prove „infestation‟. They must also install
   signage for 24 hours before and 72 hours after spraying.

   Stormwater:
   Bluewater Health will recapture stormwater in their new facility which is under
   construction,as part of their LEED certification process.

   The questions of how the stormwater is stored and whether it would become stagnant
   were raised. No one was able to provide further input.

   St. Mary‟s is using salt on parking lots in the winter but also experimenting with calcium
   magnesium acetate (CMA) on sidewalks – less harmful and biodegradable. The blue
colour of the product makes it easy to see where it has been applied and in what
quantity. Their new construction will have heated sidewalks thereby eliminating the
need for ice-melting chemicals. Snow removal crews arrive very early to remove build-up
of snow helping to eliminate the potential for ice build-up.

Norfolk has a policy to limit the use of salt and sand. Salt is not applied below 10
degrees as it is not effective. Housekeeping‟s job is easier as less salt and sand means
less clean-up on carpets and floors and less damage to flooring. They do use chemicals
on walkways.

ACTION ITEM: Bluewater Health to provide additional information on stormwater
collection system.

ACTION ITEM: JJ Knott to send Kent his facility‟s Inclement Weather Policy

ACTION ITEM: Kent Waddington to circulate Inclement Weather Policy from Norfolk
General hospital

St. Mike‟s has inground heating using hot water from chiller recovery so no need for
chemicals, salt or sand.

Arnprior employs a canopy over the walkways.

Markham-Stouffville‟s snow removal crews are dispatched very quickly reducing the
potential for snow to compact and form ice.

Future Call: consider discussion on the measurement of pollution generated from lawn
cutting. How much pollution from lawn mowers and leaf blowers? How many litres of
fuel used to cut and trim lawns?

ACTION ITEM: Chris Wolnik to determine date for future call on „measurement‟.

ACTION ITEM: Mark Read to send Kent measurement information from LHSC
research.

ACTION ITEM: Kent Waddington to share Mark‟s measurement information with
participants.

Participants discussed battery-powered lawnmowers and their availability at Home
Depot, Canadian tire, Black and Decker. Batteries are recyclable. Mention also of “Mow
down Pollution”, the Clean air foundation‟s gas lawn mower retirement programme at
http://www.cleanairfoundation.org/mowdownpollution/index.asp

John Derschner provided details of a refrigerator recycling programme that Kent will
circulate to all members.

ACTION ITEM: Kent Waddington to circulate refrigerator recycling programme
information www.everykilowattcounts.com/roundup
Contact numbers are 1-800-685-6598 or 1-877-797-9473.
    4. Discuss online tools Resources
       Chris and Kent reviewed some of the „resources‟ included in the teleconference
       backgrounder. Participants were encouraged to check out the various web links
       provided

    5. Present employee initiatives related to topic where applicable

         ACTION ITEM: ALL PARTICIPANTS are encouraged to submit a copy of their lawn
         care policy to be shared with the group.


    6. Next Steps

         Participants were encouraged to visit the Coalition for Green Health Care booth at the
         OHA on November 5 and 6, 2007 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre). The Canadian
         Centre for Pollution Prevention is a founding member of the Coalition and welcomes
         visitors to the booth.

         Next teleconference Wednesday November 21, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    7. End of teleconference
              11:56 AM



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