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St. David’s Launches Green Initiative

Austin Business Journal – by Sandra Zaragoza, Staff Writer

St. David’s HealthCare is stepping up efforts to do right by the environment.

The health care system created a “Sustainability Committee” to coordinate efforts to reduce resource used and improve environmental health and patient safety.

Additionally, St. David’s became a member in Practice Greenhealth, a leading group of health care organizations committed to eco-friendly practices. The organization is also collaborating on the city of Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance.

St. David’s hired Illinois-based Stericycle to help reduce regulated medical waste and solid waste.

Environmentally conscious behavior is not new to St. David’s HealthCare; we have worked for years to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Malcolm Belisle, St. David’s vice president corporate services.

In general, hospitals have high energy consumption rates. The American health care sector accounts for 8 percent of the U.S. carbon footprint, according to the University of Chicago Hospital.

The health care system has made progress in those efforts in the last few years, saving about 8 percent of total kilowatt energy by using energy-efficient equipment and managing energy more efficiently. The health care provider also reduced water consumption 13 percent and wastewater 15 percent.

“With this new initiative, we are increasing our efforts so that we may create a true culture of sustainability throughout our organization and serve as a change agent in the health care industry,” Belisle said.

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