GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System is continuing its efforts to create a clean environment for patients, visitors and staff by participating in Long Island’s first Car Free Day on Sept. 20. More than 420 health system employees have pledged to go car free or “car lite” on that day.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System was involved in the planning of Car Free Day Long Island.
During Car Free Day Long Island, North Shore-LIJ employees work to cut down on air pollution by taking buses, walking, riding their bikes or car pooling to work.
Another step the health system is taking to help keep the environment clean is installing additional bike racks at some of its facilities. The health system already has bike racks at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Forest Hills Hospital, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and Glen Cove Hospital; bike racks will be installed before Sept. 20 at Huntington Hospital, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset and other locations.
North Shore-LIJ will also be adding electric-car-charging stations to 14 of its Long Island, Staten Island and Queens locations in the first quarter of 2014. Stations will be placed at the Center for Advanced Medicine in New Hyde Park and 13 other facilities on Long Island, Staten Island and in Queens.
“There’s certainly a benefit for us in health care to have electric cars and electric car charging stations because there will be fewer emissions in areas near patients, which will promote better health in and around our facilities,” said Neil Rosen, North Shore-LIJ’s director of sustainable development.
The installed value of the charging stations is $14,000. North Shore-LIJ will shell out $2,000 and incentives from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) will cover the rest.
“This is not just about making our health system greener; it is also about continually improving our health system to be the best corporate citizen it can be,” said Lisa Burch, director of sustainability and social responsibility for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.