BOSTON - Environmental sustainability is part of everyone's job description at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In recent years, as one environmental crisis after another leapfrogged to the public's attention, staff here quietly took important steps - as individuals and departmental units - to reduce both waste production and energy consumption.
On Tuesday, April 26, BIDMC's commitment to environmental sustainability was celebrated at the 13th Annual Healthy Work/Healthy Home event under the theme of green transportation.
"Thank you all for all the work you do in making BIDMC among the most environmentally friendly businesses in the city," said Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Bike Programs, who spoke to employees about efforts to make Boston a more bike friendly city.
Freedman praised BIDMC for early financial support for a new city-wide "Hubway" Bike Share Program launching this summer. When installed in June, a BIDMC-sponsored Hubway bike share station will be located in front of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Clinical Center on Brookline Avenue.
During the Healthy Work/Healthy Home event, 25 staff members were also recognized for their individual efforts and awarded with a BIDMC Environmental Champion green fleece jacket.
Eric Buehrens, Interim President and CEO, thanked the hospital leadership represented on the Environmental Sustainability Committee, as well as the Healthy Work/Healthy Home Committee members and the 25 new Environmental Champions for their work in reducing BIDMC's carbon footprint. "The key is sustainability," he said. "We're creating new systems and new ways of doing business that help us reduce waste, conserve water, energy and fuel, and reduce environmental hazards. We're reducing, reusing and recycling more than we ever imagined. And my favorite is that we are now composting in the east and west campus cafeterias!"
"This has been an amazing year for BIDMC," said Healthy Work/Healthy Home Committee Chair Jane Matlaw, Director, Community Relations. "Staff are engaged in all of our efforts and are coming up with new suggestions every day for how we can further reduce waste. These efforts resulted in our being honored by Practice Greenhealth's Partners for Change Award With distinction this year!"
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