EvergreenHealth is committed to advancing the health of our environment even as we enrich the health and well-being of our patients and community. Recognizing that human health and environmental health are inextricably linked, we resolve to be good stewards of the resources we use.
Working together, our leadership and staff have agreed to:
EvergreenHealth has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint by encouraging alternative transportation options through van/car pooling, discount bus passes and incentives for biking and walking.
The Facilities department have also implemented energy efficiencies and recycles all their fluorescent light bulbs.
While recycling has been the norm for years at the hospital, new efforts have been made to expand our programs and engage/educate all staff, volunteers and the community in our sustainable efforts. Single stream recycling is avidly practiced in all areas of the hospital, composting of food scraps from food preparation occurs in the kitchen and our battery recycling program over the last couple of years has kept an estimated 0.85 – 1.5 tons of batteries out of landfills each year.
Our recycling volumes the last few years have been close to tipping the scales to the point where we will be recycling more of our waste stream than sending to landfills.
Our recycling efforts include collecting leftover or unused medical supplies that are routinely donated to third world countries. Nursery equipment no longer needed has been shipped to a hospital in Uganda. It's estimated that without this, and other donations from this area's hospitals, about 80 percent of the pre-term babies born at that hospital would not survive.
In 2012 the Food Services department signed the Healthy Food Pledge to support procurement of local, nutritious, sustainably produced food and demonstrates a commitment to “first, do no harm” as part of a whole hospital approach to preventive medicine that protects the health of patients, staff, and communities.
The Green Team organizes the annual Earth Day Fair where local environmental organizations and hospital vendors educate on how we can reduce our environmental footprint at both home and work. The Green Team makes a conscientious effort to keep staff and the community updated about what can be recycled, bringing the whole green philosophy to employees, patients and visitors.
EvergreenHealth is a member of Practice Greenhealth, a nationally recognized organization whose mission is simple: To collaborate and provide education, tools and information about the best environmental practices to help healthcare organizations supercharge their operational efficiency, increase regulatory compliance, and improve the health of their communities.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth was honored with its sixth consecutive "Partner for Change Award" from Practice Greenhealth in recognition of outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. Locally, we were recognized by King County as a ”Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction” for the eighth consecutive year.