Environmental Stewardship, Director
The Department of Green Initiatives focuses on improving
Lourdes' environmental efficiency. We have programs that relate to
waste management and reduction, energy conservation, environmental
education, special events and smaller projects that have a big
impact. The past year has been a very productive year:
Waste Management and Reduction
One of Green Initiatives' main goals is to reduce waste through
diversion of materials to recycling centers and composting. Our
goal for waste reduction is 20%. Not only did we meet our goal, we
surpassed it by an additional 13%.
We continue to compost food waste from the cafeteria -
approximately 4 tons of food waste per month. About 40% of the food
waste from the cafeteria is given to the Feed to Farm
We continue to collect, compact and sell our cardboard to a
local dealer. We have collected and sold over 90 tons of cardboard
with this program, generating approximately $8,000 from what would
have been waste.
Re-lamping and retrofitting was recently completed. This project
will save Lourdes approximately $33,000/ year in energy costs. We
received $38,000 in rebates from NYSEG/NYSERDA, giving the project
a two year payback and accrued savings after that. We also
completed a re-lamping project at offsite facilities which will
save about $19,270/year.
Green Initiatives has created educational opportunities for
Binghamton University students. Currently we have eight senior
engineering students performing feasibility studies regarding the
use of renewable energy sources to further reduce energy costs on
campus. We also have an AmeriCorps VISTA member whose grant funded
position is to design an environmental education and outreach
program targeted towards low income families.
- Clearly labeled recycling bins located in public areas.
- Re-labeled and differentiated the colored bag system used for
trash, recyclables and regulated waste in the OR.
- Began recycling batteries from devices that are on battery
replacement schedules. After the batteries are replaced, they are
then sent to the Bio-Med Department to be disposed of. If they
still have a good amount of power left, these batteries are
collected from Bio-Med, tested then set aside for staff for home
use. (These batteries will be available at the Earth Day
Celebration on April 16).
Awards and Recognition
- Lourdes received the Practice Green Health Environmental
Excellence Award: Partner Recognition for 2012. The Partner
Recognition Award is for healthcare facilities that have begun to
work on environmental improvements, have achieved progress in
several areas, and have at least 10% recycling rate for their total
waste stream along with additional qualifications.
- The Green Initiatives Department was asked to join a three
person panel on Health Care and Sustainability by the New York
State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) held
in Cooperstown, NY in 2012.
- The Green Initiatives' proposal for the presentation of
Leveraging Sustainability with Waste Contracts - Lessons Learned at
Ascension Health and Hospital Corporation of America was selected
by the CleanMed 2013 committee and will be presented at the
CleanMed 2013 conference in Boston, MA.