Last week, the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers was recognized by “Becker’s Hospital Review” as one of the 50 greenest hospitals in America. The accolade is another example of UMHHC’s commitment to environmental preservation.
Becker’s selected hospitals that “put ecological health, green initiatives and environmental stewardship as foundational pieces of their mission.”
In 2012, UMHHC completed 12 energy conservation projects. These included installing advanced air handling unit controls, restructuring heating and cooling schedules, retrofitting water fixtures and putting in occupancy sensors for lighting and ventilation.
“We are very pleased to be recognized as one of the top 50 green hospitals in the U.S.” says Tom Peterson, Associate Director of Operations and Support Services for UMHHC. “This is reflective of our continued commitment to introduce environmental initiatives within hospital facilities and operations.”
UMHHC also requires all new buildings, additions and construction projects with a budget of $10,000,000 or more to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level. LEED is one of most widely accepted international rating systems for measuring the environmental impact of new construction.
By meeting LEED standards, UMHHC is able to support the implementation of sustainable design concepts for new construction. Specifically, designing LEED certified buildings helps UMHHC to achieve energy savings, water efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions and improved indoor environmental quality.
UMHHC is also affiliated with University of Michigan’s sustainability and education program, Planet Blue, which helps solve sustainability challenges on local-to-global scales by creating, teaching and practicing innovative approaches to improve the health of the planet, inspire future generations and advance the international conversation.
“Our dedicated faculty and staff continue to commit themselves to recycling, reducing waste and shrinking the environmental footprint of our community,” says Tony Denton, Executive Director of University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer, UMHHC. “It is a real tribute to the UMHS team to be recognized for what is now a legacy commitment to environmental stewardship, each and every day.”
Additional UMHHC environment stewardship efforts include:
• Mercury-free program
• Smoke-free environment
• Extensive recycling initiatives, including paper and cardboard, scrap metals, batteries, ceiling tiles, wood pallets, kitchen grease, plastic linen bags, mixed plastics, print cartridges, beverage containers and lab solvents.
• Green lights program to install energy-efficient lighting technologies
• 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 across UMHHC and reduce information technology infrastructure costs for clinical and administrative systems
• 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 use of fresh, locally grown products for patients, staff and visitors
• LEED certified buildings including the new C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital opening in fall 2011, which was approved and designed at the certified level in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System
• New buildings designed to be 30% more energy efficient than the State of Michigan energy standards
• Participation in a University-wide Planet Blue effort, which puts an emphasis on sustainability in education, research and operations
• Energy Management Program operating and upgrading existing building systems for optimal energy efficiency
• Beverage container recycling
• Writing utensil recycling
• Energy conservation efforts
• Lab sustainability projects
• Paper conservation through the Think Before you Print campaign
Web Address: http://sustainability.umich.edu/envsteward