Going Green in the Central Valley
All four Sutter Health Central Valley organizations – Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Hospital Los Banos – are recent recipients of the 2011 Waste Reduction Award from the California Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle*).
Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) recognizes businesses for their efforts to reduce
the waste that goes into local landfills.
“We feel that our staff, at each of the organizations in our region, work hard and are dedicated to recycling and reducing waste,” said David P. Benn, president of Sutter Health’s Central Valley Region. “We take pride in our efforts and it is always nice to have that work recognized. More importantly, however, is that we are doing our part to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever we can, and we encourage other businesses to join in those efforts.”
In 2011 alone, Sutter Health’s Central Valley Region recycled a combined 284.5 tons of paper products. According to a Rutgers University study, one ton of paper made from 100% wastepaper instead of virgin fiber saves an estimated 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air-polluting effluents, 4100kwh of energy and 3 cubic yards of landfill space.
The Sutter Health Central Valley Region hospitals and medical foundation have long maintained a philosophy of reducing waste, reusing products, recycling items that can’t be reused, and buying recycled products. For example, all food and paper waste is recycled, as well as batteries, wood pallets, cardboard, fluorescent light bulbs, pharmaceutical waste, computer components, sharps, pulse oximeter sensors and plastic. Green materials that have been produced in an environmentally friendly way for building and remodeling, and select cleaning products that don’t hurt the environment, are also used.
Sutter Health Central Valley Region
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital Los Banos are part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.
*CalRecycle is the state’s leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. Officially known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California’s vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability.