Awards Recognize Sustainability Efforts

For the fifth consecutive year, Fairview Health Services has received a System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth for its success in environmental sustainability efforts.

For the fifth consecutive year, Fairview Health Services has received a System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth for its success in environmental sustainability efforts.

Practice Greenhealth also recognized University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Southdale and Fairview Ridges hospitals with Partner for Change awards.

Fairview was among 11 health care systems, nationally, to receive the 2015 award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge, during the 2015 CleanMed conference on environmental sustainability in health care.

Additionally, three of our hospitals received the Partner for Change Award: University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Southdale and Fairview Ridges hospitals.

Honored for our passion and dedication to sustainability

“Practice Greenhealth honors the hospitals, health care providers and organizations for their passion and dedication to health care sustainability,” says Jeffrey Brown, executive director of Practice Greenhealth.

“These award winners are innovative and progressive, finding imaginative ways to take environmental programs to the next level.”System for Change Award winners have at least five hospitals or long-term care facilities and joined Practice Greenhealth as a health system.

“As a system, we strive to make a difference in the communities we serve by setting goals, monitoring our sustainability progress and collecting data that can demonstrate our success,” says Wesli Waters, Fairview Sustainability Program manager.

“As a result, we are not only improving the health of our community, we’re also saving our environment and saving money – savings that can help lower costs for our patients and health care across the country as well.”

How is Fairview green?

We continued to improve our green efforts in 2014 which included:

  • Increased soft plastic collection by 65 percent on University of Minnesota Medical Center’s East Bank
  • Increased system blue wrap collection by 10 percent since 2013
  • Eliminated deep fryers from hospital kitchens as part of the Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Transitioned to a new solid waste and recycling hauler that can provide more accurate weight reports

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