In recognition for leading the health care industry in sustainability and environmental stewardship, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital received the prominent Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes health care facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste, sustainable sourcing, and other areas. Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.
In 2017, a combination of initiatives resulted in decreased waste and water consumption. Overall, ALMH reduced its overall waste to the landfill by 41 tons. Over 22 tons of was recycled using single-stream recycling. Greenhouse gases were also reduced by 7 percent. Water consumption was reduced by 1,574, 876 gallons for a total water reduction of 17.8 percent.
“Sustainability is central to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Dolan Dalpoas, ALMH President and CEO. “We look forward to continuing this work to drive the future of health care toward sustainability.”
The award will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala, set for May 9th in San Diego at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.
ALMH, an affiliate of Memorial Health System, is a 25-bed critical access hospital located at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln. For more information, visit ALMH.org.
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