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Environmental Action Award Winners 2009

Recycled Furniture- Winner 2009
Paul Anderson, Operations, and Amy Lipman and Tanyah Gray of Capital Facilities and Engineering developed a recycling program for used furniture and medical equipment. Instead of going to landfills, these items are donated through the United Way, saving the medical center the cost of storage, removal and disposal. This process also decreases the amount of landfill waste.

Team Bright Lights -First Runner Up 2009
Staff from Maintenance and Capital Facilities and Engineering for created a program to improve indoor air quality through HVAC systems. Tom Schnare, Nancy Marjollet, Dennis Ingram, David Flanagan, Kevin Barry and Mark Lukitsch have installed new air handling units that eliminate 99 percent of allergens and pathogens as well as save BIDMC $36,000 in utility costs.

Exam Table Reupholstering-Second Runner Up 2009
A team of employees from Healthcare Associates and Facilities for opted to reupholster instead of replace 40 patient exam tables. A new patient exam table costs $1,200 and a new handicap accessible table costs $3,200. Reupholstering only costs $290, a significant cost savings and a reduction in waste.