It’s Earth Day year ‘round at Fairview Health Services. Our recycling and waste management professionals put their expertise to work, keeping more than 2,000 tons of material out of landfills in 2013.
“Fairview’s mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve,” says Wesli Waters, sustainability program manager.
“We do that through medical care, but also by being good stewards of the environment we all live in.”
“We established a Green Team to promote sustainable practices throughout the organization. The work has had a huge impact,” she adds.
The Green Team is made up of people from throughout Fairview so they can develop initiatives with the broadest range of applications. The results mushroom when carried out by a large health care system.
The success of our green work is measured in tons of material kept out of the landfill, which preserves our environment and reduces our garbage bill.
Among the savings we have realized:
A new initiative, using compostable coolers for pharmacy deliveries, was launched on Jan. 1, 2013. We expect to keep 44,000 Styrofoam coolers out of landfills each year. The new coolers are made from corn starch.
This is just part of what we’re doing to minimize our environmental footprint. Find out more about our sustainability efforts.