UM BWMC's Green Health
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center is committed to being an environmentally friendly and efficient organization. UM BWMC has a Green Health Committee made up of hospital leaders, managers, nurses and staff members who work to develop and implement a culture of sustainability at the medical center. The committee focuses on performing environmental needs assessments and gathering baseline data, setting annual environmental goals and action plans, developing education plans for new and current staff and monitoring and reporting progress.
Here are some of UM BWMC’s green accomplishments and current environmentally-friendly initiatives:
- UM BWMC was presented with Stericycle’s “Outstanding Commitment in Environmental Stewardship” award in 2013 for our success in reducing medical waste and increasing recycling.
- We are the first business in Maryland to use a piece of equipment that recycles the medical center’s polystyrene, or commonly referred to as Styrofoam.
- We maintain a comprehensive recycling program for both employees and visitors. We recycle and/or reprocess paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, cardboard boxes, medical sharps, fluorescent light bulbs, toner cartridges, cell phones and single-use only medical devices. We also have a pharmaceutical waste program.
- In the medical center cafeteria, we use a single-stream disposal process in which employees separate waste and recyclable items to minimize the amount of trash. The cafeteria also reprocesses used food oil and recycles Styrofoam.
- We have our own herb garden on the medical campus. The herb garden is maintained by medical center employees and the herbs are used to flavor patient, cafeteria and café food items.
- We have LED and motion detecting lighting throughout the medical campus and automatic timers for heating and cooling systems to ensure energy efficiency. We also perform regular energy savings audits.
- We celebrate Earth Day each year and host events to encourage the community and employees to “go green.”
- We offer locally-grown fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria, as well as vegetarian options. We also participate in the Governor’s Buy Local Challenge each year.
- We have electric car charging receptacles in our parking garages and on our back parking lot for employees and visitors who drive electric vehicles. We participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge.
- As part of the University of Maryland Medical System’s power purchase agreement with BITHENERGY, UM BWMC uses solar power produced from a farm in Somerset County, Maryland to help power the medical center.