VA Western New York Healthcare System
NATIONAL AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SUSTAINABILITY RECEIVED
April 20, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753, Cell: (716) 512-9338
BUFFALO and BATAVIA, NEW YORK—In recognition for successful programs to reduce their environmental impact, VA Western New York Healthcare System Buffalo and Batavia sites received the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.
“As health care providers, sustainability is at the core of our healing mission and central to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Michael Swartz, Interim Healthcare System Director. “We take pride in our sustainability programs and the positive impacts they have on the environment and the communities. These awards are the direct result of the efforts by our staff to reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve energy.”
During the last year, some of the recycling efforts achieved are 112 tons (224,000 lbs) cardboard, 47 tons (94,000 lbs) scrap metal, 15 tons (30,000 lbs) plastic/metal/glass, 26 tons (52,000 lbs) electronics, 2 tons (4,000 lbs) batteries, 1 ton (2,000 lbs) fluorescent lamps, cooking oil = 2 tons (4,000 lbs). This recycling totals 205 tons (400,000 lbs.) and an increase of seven percent from the previous year.
The awards will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala, set for May 9th in San Diego at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.