Greening UH in our Supply Chain

Our environmental footprint starts here.

Our buying influence as an anchor institution is far reaching and impactful within the community and health care industry. Greening our value analyses in the purchasing process helps us to save money and improve our environmental impact.

Some examples of our 2016 Greening the Supply Chain efforts include:

Buying Greener Cleaners

Three UH hospitals purchased 90 percent or more Green Seal Certified cleaners (carpet, all purpose, bathroom, window, and general floor care) in 2016: University Hospitals Conneaut, St. John and UH Elyria medical centers. University Hospitals total spend on green cleaners represented approximately 71 percent of total cleaner purchases in the five categories above. At the end of the year the UH Office of Sustainability began meeting quarterly with EVS directors to review cleaning chemicals used at the medical facilities, and to begin transitioning conventional cleaners to green when and where possible.

Buying Greener Electronics

Electronic IT purchases for computers, monitors, laptops and imaging equipment in 2016 were 100 percent EPEAT registered, a rating system which indicates a higher than normal environmental performance. This represents more than $1.3 million in purchases of more sustainable electronic products.

Healthier Interiors

We have worked with our large furniture suppliers to take proactive steps in procuring products free from chemicals of concern as identified by the Practice Greenhealth Healthier Hospitals Program. To educate new UH buyers about this goal during the quote process, an internal furniture buying guide was produced for use by contract administrators and general furniture purchases in each department. 

Approximately 66% of our health system’s furniture purchases in 2016, including physicians’ offices and outpatient areas, qualified as “healthy” in accordance with Practice Greenhealth guidelines.

Location Feature: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Greening our purchases within supply chain, in many cases, also means improving the health and safety of our operating practices. For example, UH Cleveland Medical Center purchases non-chemical organic landscaping maintenance products for the upkeep of our grounds. This practice reduces chemical runoff in our water table as well as employee and visitor exposure to unsafe landscape chemicals, and has transformed the landscape on campus toward a healthier lawn that is both resilient and less dependent on synthetic chemicals. The philosophy of reducing chemical usage to manage our grounds has also been applied to our pest management practice. An Integrated Pest Management Task Force was established at UH Cleveland Medical Center in 2016 and worked throughout the end of the year to begin changing cultural practices that limit the uses of pest deterring chemicals.

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2016 Progress Report on Sustainability

Greening UH for a Healthy Community

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