Going Green: Starting Small

        Thinking About Going Green?


Building a new facility or renovated your existing one to incorporate green features is a huge undertaking. If you decide your organization isn’t ready to make that kind of investment, there are still small steps you can take in the direction of efficiency and sustainability:

     • 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.

A growing trend in new construction and renovations is green building, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and reduce energy costs. This goal makes sense in the health care industry, as health care facilities tend to use much more energy than the average commercial building.

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.