Well, my question on the healthcare's interest in sustainable operations was partially answered today. I came across an article in "Balanced Living Magazine" that recognized the president of Huron Hospital, (part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System) Dr. Gus Kious and his materials management manager, Gabriele Olinchic as 2007 Champions of Sustainability. The honor was given by Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) a non-profit organization of entrepreneurs that supports sustainable business practices. Anyway, in the article I discovered that the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) actually has a director of the Office for a Healthy Environment, Christina Vernon Ayres. She nominated Dr. Kious and Ms. Olinchic for their work in reducing waste and chemical use, energy conservation and creating safe work environments. It is notable for Huron Hospital to be recognized because it serves a predominately African American population. For more information on the awards and the hospital's environmental efforts click on http://www.balancedlivingmag.com/.