North Shore University Hospital Wins National Award for Eco-Friendly Practices

MANHASSET, NY -- North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) recently received the 2012 “Partner for Change” Award from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

“This award demonstrates North Shore University Hospital’s and the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s commitment to our patients, staff members and the community to protect public health and preserve the environment,” said Maurice LaBonne, senior vice president of facilities services at North Shore-LIJ.  “North Shore-LIJ is truly demonstrating leadership for the future of health care and sustainability.”

NSUH received the Partner for Change Award for environmental performance in the following areas:  recycling and waste reduction, participation in the health system’s green cleaning program, measures to reduce mercury in all medical procedures and non-toxic paint products.  In addition, in February, NSUH’s Katz Women’s Hospital third-floor renovation project achieved a LEED Platinum certification, the industry’s highest rating for sustainable design, green building materials and energy-efficient systems.  The facility is the third hospital project worldwide to receive this distinction.

 “We are pleased to be recognized for this significant achievement,” said Neil Rosen, director of sustainable development at North Shore-LIJ.  “We are proud to be a model of how hospitals can develop and implement eco-friendly programs and sustainable buildings to improve the health of people and our planet.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Denver, CO, this month at CleanMed, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability. www.practicegreenhealth.org.

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