Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Earth Day
On Earth Day (and every day) it’s important to remember how you can reduce, reuse and recycle. Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network strives to be green and we hope you do too. We’ve highlighted a few of our green efforts at Sutter Coast Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in the hopes of inspiring you to go green.
Up north at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, aside from recycling bottles, cans, plastic and batteries and encouraging people to use washable coffee cups we also find at ways to save energy. This year we have already replaced the light fixtures in the ambulance bay with LEDs and later in the year we will replace six of the 10 intensive care units with energy efficient LED light fixtures too.
Moving south to the Bay Area many of our doctor’s offices and hospitals focus on energy savings. Palo Alto Medical Center’s (PAMF) medical office building was recently awarded a LEED Gold certification for superior green design, and the Mountain View and Sunnyvale centers incorporate these additional green practices:
- Drought tolerant and native plants
- Sunshades/Light shelves
- Access to natural daylight
- Lighting controls
- Upholstery fabric with high percentage of recycled content
In Burlingame, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, introduced a number of green initiatives this year. The hospital created an active waste-reduction planning team, called the Green Team. The Green Team analyzes processes that generate waste and looks for opportunities to further reduce waste quantities. The team also started a composting and recycling program to reduce waste from the kitchen and cafeteria.
These practices help us be a part of the solution. Pledge to go green in 2013!