Health Watch: Can hospitals go green?
For hospitals, going green can be a challenge. However, the health care industry has been making important changes so that facilities become not only stewards of patients, but also stewards of the earth.
"Because of their 24-hour nature and the need for infection control, hospitals have, historically, been one of the biggest generators of waste and consumers of water and electricity in a community," says Llora Wonder, vice president of marketing for health care products maker Medline Industries, Inc. "Many hospitals have now launched initiatives to conserve resources, lower their consumption costs and reduce their negative impact on the environment."
Facilities trying to go green are focusing on two main problem areas: reducing waste and curtailing water consumption.
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