UH Ahuja Medical Center

Recyclable Material Fashion Show Earth Day 2013, UH Ahuja Medical Center

Recyclable Material Fashion Show, Earth Day 2013 - UH Ahuja Medical Center

UH Ahuja Medical Center has been a leader in sustainability efforts since it first opened its doors. When developing UH Ahuja Medical Center, designers and University Hospitals leadership sought to create an environment that fosters wellness and healthy living. By implementing advanced sustainability and green design principles, this hospital offers patients, staff, visitors and the greater community an exceptional model of care.

The hospital’s Sustainability Committee met monthly in 2013 to discuss how to drive better outcomes related to energy efficiency, waste reduction, healthier food, smarter purchasing, toxicity reduction, and engaging employees in the hospital’s sustainability efforts. The facility recycled approximately 30% of its total waste for the year and reduced its regulated medical waste, which is a costly and environmentally burdensome waste stream, to less than 6% of total waste, making it a national leader in RMW minimization. The committee’s efforts to engage employees has also been a model for other UH facilities; throughout the year UH Ahuja Medical Center hosted a zero waste employee picnic, an Earth Day celebration, recycling activities, and educational events for National Energy Awareness Month (October).

15 Environmental Excellence awards

UH received 15 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award, for our systemwide achievements in sustainability in 2013.