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  Caring Every Day To Take Green Further



Welcome to our sustainability page. Here you will find information on our initiatives in the Greening of HackensackUMC, Recycling Tips, and what you can do to be more sustainable at your workplace and your home.  

Hackensack through the initiatives of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® has :

 

       Developed and implemented Greening The Cleaning program 

       Created one of the first Environmental Health Centers in Healthcare

       Launched the Sustainability Committee

       Initiated the first green hospital in the country of its size and scale

      97% recycled steel structure

      Non PVC hand railing

      Cotton Denim Insulation

      Recycled Carpet Tiles

      Natural Lighting

      Organic food options

      Non-toxic toys

       JTCC- Largest Living Wall

       Rooftop Garden where vegetables are used for food

HackensackUMC intends to continuously improve our programs to reduce waste, minimize the use of hazardous materials, prevent pollution of valuable natural resources, increase recycling, comply with all environmental regulations, and work toward sustainability. 



 

Memorandum Of Understanding-Hackensack Accomplishments 2014

This is the fourth update HackensackUMC has provided documenting its green initiatives. The EPA has analyzed the submitted information and generated an environmental footprint.

Due to the progressive green efforts of the organization, HackensackUMC has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by 22,236 MTCO2e* and saved an estimated $2.1 million in operating expenses. Read more

HackensackUMC Looks To Expand Green Programs
By Jennifer Vazquez
Hackensack Chronicle

HACKENSACK — Hackensack University Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to green initiatives through past projects, current ones, and the ambition to continue expanding its sustainability programs.
Its environmentally conscious programs include waste management via a biodigester, LED lighting and recycling, among other practices.
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Green MOU Semi Annual Report, September 2013

This is the third update HackensackUMC has provided documenting its green initiatives. The EPA has analyzed the submitted information and generated an environmental footprint. Due to the progressive green efforts of the organization, HackensackUMC has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by 16,797 MTCO2e* and saved an estimated $1.6 million in operating expenses. Read more

Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized With National Partner For Change Award

HackensackUMC was awarded the 2013 “Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. The award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. Read more

HackensackUMC Partners With Terracycle To Recycle The Unrecyclable

Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in the country to partner with recycling pioneer TerraCycle to keep difficult-to-recycle items such as keyboards and mice, diaper packaging, chip bags and writing utensils out of landfills.  TerraCycle will recycle the items into affordable, eco-friendly consumer products and industrial applications. Read more

HackensackUMC Honored With Healthy Hospital Award For Leadership In Smart Resource Management

HackensackUMC is proud to announce it has received a Healthy Hospital Award from Stryker Sustainability Solutions, signifying its commitment to sustainable healthcare. The “healthy hospital” designation is reserved for select hospitals that demonstrate exceptional commitment to healthcare sustainability and quality through the employment of medical device remanufacturing and reprocessing programs. Read more

Saving Water In Hospitals
Water used in hospitals and other health care facilities comprises 7 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States.1 The largest uses of water in hospitals are cooling equipment, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, and medical process rinses. Read more
Congratulations HackensackUMC: Green Efforts Lead To  Reduction Of Their Carbon Footprint

This is the second update HackensackUMC has provided documenting its green initiatives. The EPA has analyzed the submitted information and generated an environmental footprint. Due to the progressive green efforts of the organization, HackensackUMC has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by 13,908 MTCO2e* and saved an estimated $1.3 million in operating expenses. Read more

HackensackUMC Saves Big On Energy

At Hackensack University Medical Center, patient care comes first – but operational efficiency and environmental impact are also among its priorities. In the Central Plant Operations alone, the medical center has achieved savings of more than $700,000 through smart management, including more than $400,000 through continuous energy oversight of the chiller plant. Read more

PVC and Pthalates: Global Overview

PVC (vinyl plastic) is used throughout health care in a wide variety of applications, from IV bags and disposable gloves, to curtains and flooring. Today it is the most commonly used plastic in medical devices.
However, the use of PVC creates a number of environmental and health risks — including dioxin pollution and patient exposure to hazardous chemicals such as the phthalate DEHP, which leaches from vinyl medical devices. Read more

HackensackUMC Opens New Recycling Station In 2nd Street Cafe
Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network and Deirdre Imus, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® officially opened the new Recycling Station in the Second Street Café. Read more
EPA and HackensackUMC Team Up To Increase Green Practices

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hackensack University Medical Center have entered into an agreement to enhance environmental practices at the hospital. The medical center has pledged to reduce its use of plastics, reduce and recycle solid waste, complete the final phase of its green roof, use non-toxic cleaning products, conserve energy and water, and reduce air pollution from its vehicles. The Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in Bergen County to sign such an agreement with the EPA.  Read more

HUMC EPA Environmental Assessment

On February 23, 2012, Hackensack UMC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging to become an environmental steward by implementing a number of green initiatives that would reduce its carbon footprint and further improve our planet’s environment. This partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Hackensack UMC has resulted in reducing energy, water and solid waste production across their entire operations. Read more

HackensackUMC's O.R. Minimizes Carbon Footprint
We, as Operating Room nurses, save lives everyday but also have realized the amount of waste we produce in doing so. A 2009 study found that approximately 40% of operating room waste is recyclable. Based on a literature review the main operating room staff at HackensackUMC recently conducted an evidence based research project to prove that much of our waste is, in fact, recyclable. Read more

Energy Conservation Resources

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration illustrates that buildings are responsible for almost half of the energy consumed and 38% of all GHG emissions in the United States. According to the EPA, inpatient healthcare ranks as the second largest commercial energy user after the food service industry.1   Click here to learn more.

Recycling Campaign

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