February 7, 2013
Linda Butski and Kathy McAlpine, Go Green Team Members
This new award recognizes the hospital for its work to implement and practice a green- or sustainability-focused business philosophy. Hospital officials and members of its Green Team accepted the award at the chamber’s annual Installation and Awards Cocktail Party on February 6 at The Village Square Banquet Hall in Kenmore.
Since the hospital’s Green Team Committee was formed three years ago, several facility-wide recycling and sustainability programs have been implemented, resulting in recycling more than 28 percent of its waste, that’s more than 528 tons, in 2012.
Highlights in recent years have included:
- Introducing single stream recycling in 2010
- Establishing the area’s only hospital roof top garden in 2011
- Implementing Meatless Mondays through the cafeteria menu in 2011
- Collecting and properly disposing of more than 1,538 pounds of unwanted medication during a public drug take-back program in 2012
“We are dedicated to maintaining a link between the health of each individual and the health of the environment,” said Kathy McAlpine, Food Services manager and chair of the hospital’s Green Team Committee. “That’s why we are committed to environmentally responsible practices and are taking the lead to promote a healthier community.”
McAlpine has chaired the Green Team Committee since its inception, and since the committee’s formation, the hospital has implemented a wide range of waste reduction measures.
More recent efforts have included the hospital’s compostables collection program through which coffee grounds and fresh vegetable scraps are donated to a local compost facility; an agreement with a local company who purchases used fryer grease; and the recycling of outdated / end of life X-ray and MRI films, containing silver.
“Kenmore Mercy Hospital is a model to the Kenmore-Tonawanda community of how facilities can develop and implement programs to decrease their carbon footprint,” said Tracey Lukasik.
“This award demonstrates Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s commitment to its community and to protecting public health and preserving the environment.”
The hospital has also successfully eliminated the use of Styrofoam containers and water bottles, sells used fryer grease to a local company who uses it for vehicles, and is recycling scrap from the construction of its new Emergency Department.
Kenmore Mercy’s dedicated Green Team meets monthly to review and implement solutions to help protect the environment, reduce business-related impact on the environment, and educate staff and others on how to improve their environmental footprint at home.