U-M Hospitals and Health Centers named among 50 greenest hospitals in America

October 22, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

UMHHC recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for practices that reduce waste and benefit our environment.  

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been named one of the 50 greenest hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review.

The list includes health centers with policies, practices and buildings that reduce waste and benefit our environment.

To make the list, Becker’s picked top-performing organizations in:

  • Waste reduction
  • Chemical reduction
  • Greening the operating room
  • Sustainable food services
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Tracking and measuring greenhouse gas emissions
  • Green building achievements

“This recognition is well-deserved. Our dedicated team across the organization continues to display a daily and sustained commitment to reducing our environmental footprint through recycling, reuse and waste reduction,” says Tony Denton, Acting CEO and Chief Operating Officer, UMHHC.

Ongoing environmental efforts at UMHHC include:

• Mercury-free program.
• Smoke-free environment.
• Recycling paper, cardboard, scrap metals, batteries, ceiling tiles, wood pallets, kitchen grease, plastic linen bags, mixed plastics, print cartridges, beverage containers and lab solvents.
• Energy-efficient lights in many facilities.
• Re-use efforts, including sending unneeded supplies to other countries via the Detroit-based World Medical Relief charity.
• Transportation programs to reduce emissions and conserve natural resources.
• A GreenIT initiative to conserve energy used by computers.
• Environmentally-preferred purchasing, which incorporates environmental sustainability practices into supply chain processes.
• Design and architecture efforts to improve indoor air quality and reduce construction waste.
• Food programs promoting fresh, locally grown products for patients, staff and visitors.
• LEED certified buildings including the C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.
• New buildings designed to be 30% more energy efficient than the State of Michigan energy standards.
• Lab sustainability projects.