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Apr 17 2014
Making Earth Day Every Day
By: Green Team Category: A Healthy Dose

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Our hospital strives to be a good environmental steward to benefit our community now and for future generations.

In fact, the ways we have become more environmentally conscious at the hospital — saving water, recycling and being energy efficient — can also be done on a smaller scale at home.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Day page offers these tips for making Earth Day every day:

Conserve Water: Little steps can make a big impact. Turn off the faucet when shaving or brushing your teeth, take a short shower instead of a bath, repair leaks quickly, and only run full loads of laundry in the washing machine and dishes in the dishwasher.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Buy permanent items instead of disposable ones. Compost food scraps. Recycle paper, electronics, motor oil and any other items that have recycling programs — these are just some ways to cut down on waste.

Save Energy: Purchase energy-efficient products to save about $400 a year and reduce greenhouse emissions. Don’t forget to turn off appliances and lights when not in use, insulate your home, and cut back on heating and air conditioning when possible.

Please join us during our free Earth Day Fair in the main lobby on Monday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when businesses and community organizations will share more ways you can be more environmentally friendly at work and at home.

You may also bring your confidential papers to the hospital’s loading dock, from 8 to 11 a.m. that day, to have them shredded by NEXCUT onsite.

In addition, various items will be collected during the fair for recycling or proper disposal. Collection items include: eye glasses, used greeting cards, mercury thermometers (exchange them for a new digital one), cell phones, rechargeable batteries, expired/unused prescriptions or over-the-counter medications for proper disposal (no syringes and liquids must be in a sealed plastic bag) and pens (Paper Mate®, Sharpie® or Expo® brands only).

Let’s care for the environment together!

 


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