Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center becomes
recognized Environmental Star
Seattle, WA— The Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center is the 2005 recipient of an annual environmental
leadership award from EnviroStars, a nationally recognized program
that certifies businesses for their efforts to reduce and recycle
EnviroStars presented the EnviroStars
Recognized Leader distinction during the 2005 North American Hazardous
Materials Management Association Conference in a ceremony held
at the Glass Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Accepting the award
on behalf of the Hutchinson Center was Scott Rusch, vice president
of facilities and operations.
The EnviroStars Recognized Leader
designation was established by EnviroStars to acknowledge a select
group of highly successful businesses that are taking substantial
steps toward reducing their environmental footprint in the Puget
Sound region and beyond. This is the second time this award has
been given to a local business. In 2004, the distinction was awarded
to the Starbucks Coffee Company. The EnviroStars selection committee,
made up of representatives from five counties and the previous
winner, considered a number of business nominees prior to selecting
the Hutchinson Center.
“We chose the Hutchinson
Center because of their comprehensive focus on doing business
in an environmentally responsible way,” explained King County’s
EnviroStars program manager Laurel Tomchick. “And, we wanted
to reinforce that this kind of effort pays off.”
According to Tomchick, the Hutchinson
Center’s commitment to the environment is integrated throughout
the company’s business practices, which incorporate sustainability
as a business strategy for ongoing success and viability.
The following are a few of the
reasons why the Hutchinson Center was selected by the EnviroStars
program as the 2005 recipient:
•Green design and construction.
Many of their buildings have been built and retrofitted to maximize
energy efficiency, and new construction projects all have energy
conservation measures as a priority.
•Safe hazardous waste disposal. A top-notch Hazardous
Waste Program offers hazardous waste recycling, disposal, shipping
assistance and spill response, and a chemical distribution service
encourages labs to exchange chemicals rather than dispose of
them. They also participate in the Medical Industry Roundtable
where they share information about waste reduction and new technologies.
•Transportation. Shuttles provide staff and patients with
transportation to and from the Hutchinson Cancer, the University
of Washington and Children’s Hospital facilities, and
an incentive grant program tripled employee participation in
commute reduction programs.
•Indoor air quality program. To ensure a positive link
between indoor environment and occupancy health, occupied laboratories
are required to have six complete air changes an hour.