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From left to right: Vickie Stewart, Leonard Taylor, and Denise Choiniere are just a few of the UMMC leaders who support sustainable practices within the medical center.
Denise Choiniere, MS, RN, founded the UMMC Green Team in 2007 with help from a grant she received from Health Care Without Harm, an organization that supports environmentally friendly health care. Members of the UMMC Green Team are committed to:
- Reducing environmental risks to our staff, patients, and our communities.
- Promoting the welfare and health of individuals and the environment.
- Leading by example in the responsible use and care of resources.
- Taking responsibility in promoting conservation and environmental stewardship.
For a quick overview of the UMMC Green Teams' accomplishments, check out our "By the Numbers" feature.
- Educated hospital vendors about Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
- Phased out DEHP from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Joined the Technology, Equipment, and New Product Committee
- Obtained DEHP-free tube feed bags
- Purchased "Eco-Steps," patient slippers containing 70% cotton scraps
- 75% of UMMC cleaners are Green Seal certified
- UMMC paper towels and bathroom tissued are made of 100% recycled paper
- Floor care equipment is the latest technology, minimum use of chemicals and water
- Vacuums are HEPA filtered and certified
- Microfiber mops clean better and save over 500,000 gallons of water per year
Waste Reduction and Recycling:
- Batteries (2010)
- Alkaline Batteries: 1200 pounds
- Blue Wrap and Plastics (2010)
- Cardboard (2010)
- Shredded Paper (2010)
- Construction and Debris (2010)
- Electronics (2010)
- Reusable Sharps Containers (2010)
- Single Stream Recycling (2010)
- Diverted 2,251 tons of waste from regular disposal.
- Started Farmers' Market (May 2009)
- Use Fair Trade coffee in cafeteria
- Use hormone-free milk
- Sell organic yogurt in cafeteria
- Participate in "Buy Local" Challenge
- Use single-dispensing napkins made from 100% recycled paper
- Use single-dispensing utensils to reduce waste
This page was last updated: May 14, 2013