The MetroHealth System wins national award for environmental sustainability
Cleveland- Sustainability is at the heart of our healing mission – and we’re proud to share that our sustainability strategies have won us the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth. The award is given to health care facilities that are changing their practices to become more sustainable and have achieved progress in areas such as waste reduction, renewable energy adoption, food purchasing and mercury elimination. They also must have a recycling rate of at least 10 percent for their entire waste stream.
In health care, sustainability means reducing and recycling solid waste, cutting down on regulated and chemical waste, lowering energy and water consumption, sourcing food and products sustainably, and establishing green purchasing policies.
At MetroHealth, we know that sustainability is essential to better care for our patients, for our communities and for the planet.
In recent years, we have made great strides toward reducing our impact on the environment, and we are committed to doing even more. The construction of MetroHealth’s new hospital, part of its campus transformation, is focused on achieving high levels of environmental and wellness standards, including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver and WELL building certifications. A dedicated Office of Sustainability was created in 2018 to spearhead a comprehensive environmental sustainability program that spans the health system, engaging leaders in clinical and administrative operations and all levels of employees to improve health and wellness via environmental stewardship.
The award will be presented at the Environmental Excellence Awards Gala May 9 in Nashville during CleanMed, the premier national conference for leaders in health care sustainability.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.