Kaiser Permanente Colorado wins national environmental
Denver, CO— Since 2002,
Kaiser Permanente Colorado has recycled enough paper and cardboard
to save 323,000 trees and 13.3 million gallons of water, one effort
of many that earned the organization the 2006 National Environmental
Leadership award from Hospitals for a healthy Environment (H2E).
The Leadership Award is given
each year to facilities or health care systems that are setting
the standard for environmental programs and policies. H2E recognizes
organizations for embracing safer building products, energy and
water efficiency, safe working practices and a commitment to public
health demonstrated through the reduction of waste.
H2E recognized Kaiser Permanente
Colorado’s efforts to drastically reduce waste and the use
of hazardous chemicals. In 1990, a team called The Eco Team was
founded at Kaiser Permanente Colorado to create a regional environmental
policy. Today, there are Eco Team members at each Kaiser Permanente
Colorado location working to uphold the policy. Since 2002 Kaiser
Permanente Colorado has:
- Recycled more than 25,000
mercury-containing fluorescent lamps.
- Recycled more than 1,900 tons
of paper and cardboard and 52 tons of plastic.
- Decreased the use and disposal
of photo-processing chemicals by an estimated 70 percent by
converting the Radiology Department to digital imaging in almost