MetroWest Medical Center Named One of America’s Greenest Hospitals
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Data collected by the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Information Administration indicate that hospitals and other healthcare facilities are among the most energy-intensive structures in the country, cumulatively spending almost $8 billion per year on energy alone. Hospitals on Becker’s 50 greenest list have taken important steps to combat that trend.
To choose the top 50, Becker’s analyzed sustainability information from Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, the EPA and other healthcare sustainability organizations and experts.
MetroWest Medical Center in particular is being recognized for the work of its Go Green Committee, headed by Dr. Amy Collins, an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Collins founded the Go Green initiative in 2007, and currently serves as a sustainability consultant for Vanguard Health Systems and as a steering committee member for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative.
Some of the green efforts currently underway at MetroWest Medical Center include widespread composting, hospital-wide recycling efforts, improved medical waste practices, and healthier, more sustainable food options for patients and the community.
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