U-M Hospitals and Health Centers awarded for environmental sustainability for 12th straight year

May 20, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Updates & Resources,

UMHHC receives Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth for health care sustainability practices

The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers has been awarded the Greenhealth Emerald Award by Practice Greenhealth.

Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization of health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, presented Environmental Excellence Awards in Portland, Oregon on May 14 at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition. The ceremony recognized a number of facilities throughout the country that exemplify environmental excellence.

This is the 12th consecutive year that UMHHC has been recognized for environmental achievement.


Colin Murphy, Building Systems & Energy Manager for UMHHC, accepted the award in Portland last week.

The Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes health care facilities with high achievement in mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling, sustainable food, green purchasing, energy usage, and green building design. UMHHC scored well in all of these areas, displaying leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.

“Our faculty and staff are continually recognized for their unwavering efforts to increase recycling, reduce waste and be leaders in environmental stewardship,” said Tony Denton, acting CEO and Chief Operating Officer for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers.  “It’s an honor to receive ongoing accolades for our efforts. We look forward to continuing this work to shape the future of health care sustainability.”

In recent years, UMHHC has expanded its commitment to providing healthy food to faculty, staff and visitors through the Healthy Beverage Program as well as by using more locally sourced food options within its cafeterias.  The organization is also a leader in waste reduction, with innovative programs  like Cell Phones for Soldiers,  Recycle Write, Think Before you Print, and efforts to recycle unique construction waste like ceiling tiles.  UMHHC has various programs to reduce waste in operating rooms.

The U-M green purchasing website showcases efforts made to ensure staff have tools and resources to purchase environmentally preferable products and services.  UMHHC also has a strong commitment to energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gases.  Recent energy conservation projects include LED lighting replacement within the University Hospital cafeteria and reduction in ventilation loads by use of occupancy sensor controls.

About Practice Greenhealth:
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.