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Environmental Achievement Awards

 

2016

2016 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award

 

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

 

Some of Stony Brook University Hospital’s achievements were the completion of an energy audit in 2015 with clear priorities and goals outlined to improve energy efficiency in the coming years. Further decrease in energy use was accomplished through the installation of an energy efficiency tool utilizing a passive infrared sensor in all vending machines and several LED lighting installation projects.  The implementation of a microfiber mop program reduced the use of chemicals.  SBUH increased the healthy beverage options in their retail operations and provided pitchers of water at functions and meetings in place of bottled water. An onsite rooftop garden provided fresh produce to patients. Waste reduction efforts continue through increased recycling opportunities being identified and an effective single-use device reprocessing program.

 

2011

Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award

Stony Brook University Hospital was again awarded the Partner for Change award by Practice Greenhealth. Stony Brook University Hospital was noted for its recycling rate of 27%.

 

2010

Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award with Distinction

Stony Brook University Hospital was awarded The Partner for Change, With Distinction Award which recognizes health care facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs. This includes at least 15 percent recycling, an extensive sustainability program and a show of leadership in the local community and/or in the health care sector. The Committee was impressed with the Hospital's solid waste reduction programs, reprocessing of medical equipment, and pharmaceutical waste programs.

 

2010

SterilMed Best Practice for Environmental Excellence

Stony Brook University Medical Center has been awarded the Best Practice for Environmental Excellence Award. Stony Brook is recognized for reprocessing and recycling medical devices. SterilMed commended Stony Brook for their strong commitment to the reprocessing program and for their efforts in protecting the environment.

 

2009

Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award

Stony Brook University Hospital for a second year was recognized by Practice Greenhealth with the Partner for Change award. Not only did Stony Brook meet the criteria of recycling 10% of their total waste but the award review committee recognized the following projects:

§   Green Team

§   NICU nurses water filter and recycling programs

§   Energy conservation project with the air handling units and variable speed drive

§   Pharmaceutical waste spreadsheet addressing hazardous drug disposal

§   IV infusion pump trade-in for credit project

§   Environmental Protection Program

§   Low RMW generation rate

§   Reprocessing medical devices

 

2008

Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award

Stony Brook University Hospital received The Partner for Change Award for continuously improving and expanding upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention programs. Besides meeting the 10% recycling rate required to receive the award, the award review committee was impressed with the following programs:

  • OR Fluid Management

  • MSDS waste code project

  • Energy efficiency projects

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects.

 

2007

Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award

Stony Brook University Hospital was awarded the EPA Environmental Quality award for significantly reducing its use of mercury; increasing its paper, cardboard and wood pallet recycling; increasing its use of green products; establishing a hazardous waste minimization and recycling program; promoting sustainability and introducing an integrated pest management program.

 

2006

H2E Making Medicine Mercury Free Award The Making Medicine

Mercury-Free was awarded to Stony Brook University Hospital to recognize that they have virtually eliminated mercury and have made a commitment to continue to be "mercury free."

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