Iowa Health - Des Moines has been honored with the 2012 Partner for
Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, for its commitment to environmental
sustainability. Practice Greenhealth is a national organization for health care
facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. Each year, the
organization presents Environmental Excellence Awards to hospitals, health care
systems and businesses leading the way in eco-friendly operations.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care organizations that
continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction
and source reduction programs.
Last year, Iowa Health - Des Moines received the introductory-level
Partner Recognition Award. Since then, it has continued to grow in its
environmental sustainability practices, qualifying it to receive a higher level
award this year.
Applicants for the award were assessed on their work in the following
- Environmental Goals
- Green Team structure
- Toxic chemicals
- Solid waste - reduce, reuse, recycle
- Regulated medical waste
- Chemical use and waste management
- Single use device reprocessing
- Environmental Preferable Purchasing
- Facilities and construction
- Culture of sustainability
Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Denver
at CleanMed, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in
health care sustainability.
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