(May, 2010) – Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was recognized for the second year in a row by the City of Aventura as a “Go Green Initiative Award” recipient for its energy conservation efforts. Reggie Pearson, Associate Administrator at Aventura Hospital, accepted the award on behalf of the Senior Team at a special Arbor Day Celebration at the City of Aventura Community Recreation Center on April 29th.
“We are very proud to accept this important award,” stated Mr. Pearson, “Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is committed to identifying and implementing new, more efficient ways to reduce energy consumption and care for our environment with the same compassion and care that we give our patients.”
The “Go Green Award,” part of the City of Aventura’s Go Green Recognition Program, honors residential and business organizations that are taking initiatives to preserve our environment. The Community Services Advisory Board conducts a thorough evaluation of these properties and facilities in order to select the award recipients.
This year, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was commended for its efforts to save trees and reduce waste through its new Medical Records print minimalization program. Since undertaking this initiative in November 2009, Aventura Hospital has successfully reduced toner cartridge waste by 85 percent. More significantly, the Medical Records department decreased monthly paper consumption by 2,650 pounds, the equivalent of saving 408 trees each year.
In addition to reducing waste, Aventura Hospital also uses native trees and plants for its landscaping and places automatic timers with rain sensors on all lawn sprinklers to conserve water. Other initiatives include a “Glove It Up” program that raises environmental awareness by encouraging employees to carry gloves with them at all times in order to pick up random debris and reduce littering.
These initiatives build upon last year’s “Go Green” activities, when Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was first recognized by the City of Aventura for its participation in Waste Management’s “Single Stream” recycling program and for its fuel and energy conservation efforts to identify efficient operating parameters for all chillers, boilers, and other major equipment, thereby adjusting equipment cycles to accurately reflect those findings.
Aventura Hospital purchases only green seal rating products and currently recycles corrugated cardboard boxes, shredded office paper, plastic bottles, and batteries. Recycle bins are strategically placed throughout the hospital for collection of eligible materials. The hospital also continues to identify new ways to conserve fuel and energy by increasing use of electric vehicles on campus and by using more energy efficient electronic ballasts on light fixtures.