Sustainability is paying off at YNHH, one of country's greenest

Sustainability is paying off at YNHH, one of country's greenest

Twelve million pounds of trash — about eight percent of the country's carbon footprint — that gets transported to landfills each day. Healthcare institutions across the country are adopting sustainable initiatives that encourage healthier patients, staff and environments. In recent years, Yale-New Haven has established new programs and revamped existing ones, and the hospital is already seeing the benefits. Two years ago, the trash volume on the York Street Campus of YNHH was 76 percent of total waste. Regulated medical waste (RMW) was 9 percent, and the hospital recycled about 13 percent of its total waste. One year later, targeted efforts throughout the hospital had decreased trash volume to 66 percent, RMW dropped to 8 percent and recycling climbed to 24 percent.

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For timely updates, employees invited to open forums through December

Richard D'Aquila, president and COO, invites all employees to open forums on Yale-New Haven Hospital's year-end performance and discussion of goals and strategies for FY 2014.

A light lunch will be available for employees who attend the noon-1 p.m. talks on each campus. Reservations are not necessary.

Thursday Nov. 21 3-4 p.m. EP Special Events Area
Friday Nov. 22 8-9 a.m. Cronin Auditorium
Monday Nov. 25 8-9 a.m. Park Street Auditorium
Tuesday* Nov. 26 noon-1 p.m. Harkness Auditorium
Tuesday Dec. 3 10:30-11:30 p.m. EP Special Events Area
Thursday Dec. 5 8-9 a.m. Cronin Auditorium
Thursday Dec. 5 3-4 p.m. Cronin Auditorium
Friday Dec. 6 noon-1 p.m. Harkness Auditorium
Monday Dec. 9 8-9 a.m. Park Street Auditorium
Monday Dec. 9 noon-1 p.m. Cronin Auditorium
Monday Dec. 9 9:30-10:30 p.m. Cronin Auditorium

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