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Saving GreenBy Going Green

Slides by David Ingle and Mindi Plumlee

Presentation by Linda Branch,

Casey Largent, and Polly Robinson


In this world that we all live in It’s all takin' and there's no givin' Before it’s too late, something’s gotta change …

It’s never too late Hold on to your dreams and they will take you far ‘Cause its never too late Cause it’s never too late, it doesn't matter who you are It’s never too late You don't need a guitar, son, to be a star ‘Cause it’s never too late 

Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Never Too Late“

In this world that we all live in Its all takin' and there's no givin' Before its too late, something's gotta change …

Its never too late Hold on to your dreams and they will take you far Cause its never too late Cause its never too late, it doesn't matter who you are Its never too late You don't need a guitar son to be a star Cause its never too late 

- Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Never Too Late “


Catholic Health Care

Environmental Stewardship

environmental stewardship
Environmental Stewardship

Stewardship of the environment is a key element of Catholic Social Teaching.

Christian responsibility for the environment begins with

Acknowledgement of God as the source of all creation

Appreciation for the goodness of creation

The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2008

Care for God’s creation is a focus for the Congregation.

catholic health ministry
Catholic Health Ministry
  • Committed to use its influence to change health care in this country.
  • Become national model of environmental stewardship through its actions.
  • Lead by example
  • Care for the poor and vulnerable as we care for creation

We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment. This responsibility knows no boundaries.

We cannot remain indifferent to what is happening around us, for the deterioration of any one part of the planet affects us all.

Pope Benedict XVI

energy awareness program energy star challenge
Energy Awareness Program: Energy Star Challenge

Commit to help improve the energy efficiency of our facilities.

Minimize our greenhouse gas emissions

Save money on energy costs = provide more to patients

Decrease our impact on the environment and global climate change

“Many hands make light work”

energy awareness program info
Energy Awareness Program: Info

Every $1 nonprofit healthcare organizations save on energy is equivalent to $20 in new revenues

Via Christi, Wichita, KS

energy awareness program what can i do
Energy Awareness Program: What Can I Do?

Removing 1 lamp from your office/area can save approximately 280 KWh of usage and $20 a year in electricity

Turn your computer off when you leave at the end of your shift.

Change your computer’s settings to utilize “sleep mode,” not screen saver

Turn off lights when you leave for lunch or for the day

If you use a private restroom, remember to turn off the lights.

Via Christi, Wichita, KS


The SJHS Green Team

is committed to environmental stewardship, to a sustainable future, and to improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of the community.

Through our actions, we hope to inspire others to adopt practices that reduce energy usage and waste, to create a cleaner and safer community.

The purpose of this team is to develop strategies, procedures, policies and standards that will allow the Health System to achieve this mission.

  • Administration / sponsorship
  • Advertisement / promotion
  • Time
  • Commitment
  • Consistency in information
  • Lack of recycling companies willing to pick up on site
sjhs green team
SJHS Green Team
  • 100% Silver Free
    • No imaging films or chemicals,100% digital
  • 99% Mercury Free
    • Elimination of old thermometers and BP cuffs
  • Enacted system-wide energy conservation policies.
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SJHS Green Team
  • Established policies for the proper disposal of waste
    • Batteries, cardboard, paper, medications
  • Developed recycling program for used electronics
  • Hospital-wide lighting and appliances are now efficient Energy STAR rated.
green team
Green Team
  • Reduction of printed phone books & newsletters
    • Information now available on-line.
  • Procurement of Abitibi paper recycling bin on campus
  • Placement of Show, Inc. recycling bins for plastic and aluminum is pending
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Green Team
  • Earth Day Green Fests
  • GREEN St. John Street Party 2009
  • Green tip announcements on MedWeb (intranet), Pager (newsletter) and Wayfinding kiosks
  • Employee orientation education
  • Cafeteria displays
  • “Values in Action” recognition
Look for GREEN TEAM Information & ideas under our tab on:

1) Wayfinding kiosks

2) MedWeb

3) Pager newsletters

  • Reduction of packaging materials from vendors
  • Transition to more eco-friendly cleaning agents
  • Reduction of Styrofoam and plastic bottles
  • Energy conservation by turning off unattended computers and lights
  • Installation of automatic thermostats in public areas
  • Reduction of office paper, better utilization of electronic media
  • Encourage use of re-usable plates, cups and utensils
    • Wash instead of dispose!
  • Reuse office paper for notes or for desktop use.
  • Print on front and back
  • Reuse office supply items and packing materials rubber bands, paper clips, bags
  • Collect unused medical supplies and designate for mission trips
  • Be creative! Don’t throw it away!
    • Find new ways to reuse materials
  • Cardboard is broken down and taken to the crusher
    • SJMC recycled 288,682 lbs of cardboard in 2009
  • Confidential paper to shredder
    • SJMC recycled 288,692 lbs of paper in 2009
    • 2,454 trees saved!
  • Newspaper, magazines, junk mail, envelopes
  • Crocs recycling program
paper reduction recycling initiative
  • In the past fiscal year, > 80,000 reams of paper were ordered for SJMC.
    • 13 trees per day!
    • > 70% of this paper was recycled by SJMC
  • Our Goals
    • Utilize laptops/projectors for meetings/presentations
    • Send agendas and minutes via email
    • Limit handouts and unnecessary papers
    • If printing is necessary, print on front & back of paper
    • Don’t forget to recycle!
    • Staff to utilize phone and email for information exchange
  • Batteries
    • SJMC recycled 8,854 lbs of batteries in 2009.
  • Plastic, aluminum, glass
    • Show, Inc. bins to arrive soon!
  • Printer cartridges / ink toner
    • Picked up by Staples
what s left
What’s Left …
  • SJMC contracted with COVANTA trash to energy plant.
  • What cannot be reused / recycled is burned & converted into steam for production of electricity
what employees are doing
What Employees Are Doing…
  • Styrofoam reduction plan, eliminating most plastic beverage bottles sold here
  • “Lending library” available to all employees to recycle old books
  • Offer used coffee grounds to gardeners for their compost piles
  • Safely use leftover food in soups and salads, resulting in very minimal waste

Linda / Dietary

why is styrofoam polystyrene harmful to the environment
Why is Styrofoam (polystyrene) harmful to the environment?


Non-sustainable, heavy pollutant

Toxic chemical: styrene accessed 6/7/10

why is styrofoam harmful to the environment
Why is Styrofoam harmful to the environment?
  • Non-recyclable (no market)
  • Non-compostable and non-biodegradable
  • Polystyrene #2 item found as litter
  • Chokes animals and clogs their digestive systems 6/7/10

why is styrofoam harmful to our health
Why is Styrofoam harmful to our health?
  • Styrene (toxic chemicals) travels into your food especially when food is hot
  • Damages brain tissue
  • Nervous / immune system damage
  • Bio-accumulation accessed 6/7/10

why use alternatives to styrofoam
Why use alternatives to Styrofoam… accessed 6/7/10

Buy products made from recycled products - close the loop

Lower use of non-renewable petroleum – our carbon footprint

Save money for business

Save money for government agencies

It’s the right thing to do!

what are the alternatives
What are the Alternatives?
  • Recyclable plastics (#1 and #2)
  • Non-tree products: potato, bagasse, bulrush
  • Recycled paper (recyclable and compostable)
  • Cost 5 to 10 cents more than Styrofoam
  • Reusable eating utensils
styrofoam vs reusables
Styrofoam vs. Reusables


  • Higher quality for customers
  • Save on ordering & stocking
  • Save on trash bills
  • Save on staff time
  • Minimum cost for energy & water efficient dishwasher
  • Good employee relations
  • Excellent public image


  • Time to order & stock
  • Time to pay invoices
  • Cost of trashcan liners
  • Cost of hauling away trash
  • Cost of staff time to empty trash
  • Cost of employee relations
  • Cost to the environment and our future
81st & Memorial Radiology

recycles contrast & barium

containers, as well a plastic,

aluminum, glass & paper

Kristi, Susan & Sandi

Accounting / Accounts Payable

& Investments

  • Uses the energy saver mode on copier machine
  • Recycles / redistributes office supplies
  • Recycles printer cartridges, plastic & aluminum to benefit the Angel Tree Kimberly, Celia & Janice
St John OP Radiology

is going paperless with documentation,

& implementing electronic spreadsheets.

Tammie & Sue

SJMC Neuro-Surgical Institute

re-uses office paper, prints on blank

side of already used paper for in-office

use, uses a laminated generic cover

sheet & dry erase marker for faxes. Heather

Physical Therapy
  • We have replaced plastic spoons with much less expensive “stir sticks” for coffee.
  • Physical therapists repurpose various items like old phone books, duct taping them together to use for footrests and step-ups for patients
  • Send old forms and various other stuff to the Child Development Center for use in art projects Kelly
  • Eliminated the ordering of disposable plates & cups
  • Recycle the disinfectant wipe tubs as well as other plastic
  • Now use only one bank of lights in proc. rooms.

Eric, Catrice & Sandra

Special Procedure Radiology
  • Makes and wears cloth scrub hats vs. disposable ones
  • Turns off water while doing surgical hand scrubs
  • Recycles plastic & aluminum
  • Provides extra / expired supplies for mission trips
  • Turns off lights & computers when not in use


St. John Sapulpa Housekeeping

has been recycling newspaper,

phone books, cardboard, plastic,

aluminum, magazines & other non-

confidential paper since 2007.


Radiology Information Systems
  • Uses own dishes, cups and utensils
  • With housekeeping’s help, recycles plastic, aluminum & paper

David, Joyce & Blanca

SJMC PulseLine

has offered to take RSVPs for the Employee Awards Banquet

by phone instead of a printed reply.


OMNI Medical Group, Sand Springs

recycles aluminum cans, paper

& cardboard.


IT Informatics

has been collecting pager

batteries over the last year for



SJMC Pharmacy
  • Pharmacists are encouraged to receive journals electronically
  • Re-use plastic baggies used for medication transport by replacing patient sticker only
  • Have implemented medication disposal & waste management policies that prevent meds from ending up in the ground water supply
  • Utilize dry erase boards for messages
  • Recycle batteries, cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum


fun facts
  • The average American will throw 600 times his/her weight (90,000 lbs) in the garbage over a lifetime!
    • The majority is recyclable.
  • Printer cartridges take ~ 450 years to decompose. (Staples picks up SJMC’s cartridges)


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  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours, or the equivalent of a ½ gallon of gas
  • Recycling aluminum saves ~ 95% of the energy needed to produce new aluminum
  • There is no limit to the number of times that aluminum can be recycled


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  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves:
    • 17 mature trees
    • 7,000 gallons of water
    • 3 cubic yards of landfill space
    • 2 barrels of oil, and
    • 4,100 kWh of electricity (enough to power a home for 5 months)
  • Recycling paper instead of making new generates 74% less air pollution & uses 50% less water


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Fun Facts:
  • About 89 billion plastic bags are used each year in the US
  • Recycling plastic bags
    • Provides raw material for backyard decks, building & construction materials
    • Takes 91% less energy to recycle 1 lb of plastic than paper
    • Keeps them out of the oceans where sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, their main food source
  • Recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Using reusable bags – even better!


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  • Glass never wears out. It can be recycled forever!
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet
  • 5 billion gallons - amount of water used to flush toilets each day!




  • We celebrate the mystery and glory of
  • nature and the earth that has been put
  • into the care of our hands
  • Let us remember that we are the keepers
  • of this world
  • We who enjoy the bounty of the earth are
  • one with the earth and must be
  • good stewards of this blessing
benefits of going green
Benefits of Going Green
  • Improves public image
  • Reduces costs
  • Builds community
  • Provides education

Going green helps to conserve resources, thereby promoting a healthy and safe environment for future generations

sample of resources
Sample of Resources
  • Health Care Without Harm:
  • Practice Greenhealth:
  • Sustainable Hospitals:
  • Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management:
  • The M.E.T. (Metropolitan Environmental Trust)