Green Efforts Continue at Doylestown Health
Keeping our community healthy includes efforts to decrease our impact on the planet. From our farmers market to recycling, Doylestown Health continues to practice environmental sustainability through a variety of efforts.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
As a health system, Doylestown Health faces some unique challenges when it comes to environmental stewardship. Our Green Team keeps us vigilant and constantly looks for new ways to go even greener. The hospital's Green Team works to educate Associates on adopting green practices that impact our environment locally and globally. Here's a look at some achievements.
- The hospital has reduced Styrofoam cup use by more than 100 cups per day since providing a water bottle filling station in the cafeteria.
- In early 2016, Doylestown Health installed a 1.6-megawatt generator powerful enough to meet about 75 percent of Doylestown Hospital's daily electricity needs. By using the combined heat and power gas turbine (also known as cogeneration system) Doylestown Hospital expects to save more than 13,000 kilowatts hours of energy each year, which is equivalent to the same amount of energy used by 1,500 average homes. Doylestown Health expects to cut the hospital's energy-related carbon emissions in half.
- By partnering with our vendor for a sharps management system we diverted 15,046 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released; diverted 25,439 pounds of plastic from going into a landfill, and saved 1,806 pounds of cardboard.
- Water savers installed in 2015 on sterilizing equipment use 75% less water than the previous system.
- The hospital continues to install more energy efficient LED and fluorescent lighting and recycles fluorescent bulbs.
Medical device manufacturer Stryker recognized Doylestown Hospital with a gold-level "Healthy Hospital Award" in 2015 for its efforts to safely and appropriately reprocessing certain surgical tools. In the last year, the hospital kept nearly 8,000 pounds of waste out of the landfill.
- In 2016, Doylestown Hospital recycled 231 tons of materials. That's more than twice the amount (101 tons) recycled in 2014.
- The kitchen at Doylestown Hospital recycles all grease.
- All of the hospital's shredding is recycled after it is destroyed. Last year, 105 tons of shredded paper were recycled, which is the equivalent of saving 1,783 trees, 734,020 gallons of water and 524 cubic yards of landfill.
- Surgical staff recycles clean wrap materials.
- Plant Operations takes metal to the scrap yard for recycling.
A weekly Farmers Market
Doylestown Health launched a weekly farmers market at Doylestown Hospital this spring. It takes place every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Many farmers at farmers markets use certified organic practices, reducing the amount of synthetic pesticides and chemicals that pollute our soil and water, according to the Farmers Market Coalition.
Learn more about the market and the benefits of eating local
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive system of inpatient, outpatient and community services connected to meet the health and wellness needs of all members of the community. Our independent and nonprofit system is dedicated to healthcare excellence from childbirth to end-of-life care.
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