• Institute a recycling policy, if your facility doesn’t already have one.
• When possible use energy efficient products and machines. This will require some investment up-front if buying new equipment, but it will be cost-efficient in the long run.
• Reduce or reuse materials when practical and sanitary. One example is using real dishes and silverware in the cafeteria to avoid using paper and plastic.
• Choose environmentally friendly cleaning and sanitation products.
However, transitioning to a green facility is easier said than done. Health care facilities have unique needs that often clash with green initiatives, such as their 24-hour operation, different lighting requirements in different rooms, large amounts of water usage and the variety of equipment that must be operated continually. However, there are ways to incorporate green features while still maintaining necessary health and safety standards in your facility. It is important that you educate yourself, so that you can make the best decision for your own organization regarding going green.