Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Nationally Recognized for 'Green' Practices|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital earned a national award for programs that reduce its environmental footprint.
Practice Greenhealth, a national membership association devoted to environmentally responsible health care, recognized the hospital with the 2011 Partner for Change award at its annual conference for health care’s environmental leaders. The hospital was also recognized in 2009.
The Partner for Change award recognizes health care institutions with outstanding programs for mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention. Facilities must recycle 10 percent of their total waste to qualify.
“Our green efforts go hand-in-hand with our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Kirk King, FACHE, the hospital’s president. “We are reinforcing our commitment to public health by reducing waste and hazardous chemicals and making a cleaner environment for future generations. I am so proud of our employees and their dedication to these efforts.”
The hospital launched its first recycling program in June 2008 and joined the City of Arlington’s “Green Team,” a sustainability program in conjunction with the Department of Energy that recognizes commercial properties based on their level of commitment to green efforts. In 2010, Green Team members saved 21,784,740 kWh of electricity, enough to power 1,600 homes for a year. Members also recycled 10,366 Tons of material, or a bumper-to-bumper line of recycling trucks approximately 7.5 miles long.
“Our green initiatives not only contribute to a cleaner environment, but also help our facility become more cost-efficient,” said Faye McMaster, the hospital’s manager of environmental services. “We’re honored to be recognized for these programs.”
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