Friday, April 27, 2012

Going for the green


THE REAL DEAL: Barbara Irby, RPh, left, and Edwin Andrews, both of MGH REAL 

Each day, MGH employees do their part to help preserve the environment – whether by recycling a water bottle in the correct bin or not printing out an email. The entire institution is dedicated to sustainable practices: earlier this year, the Lunder Building received gold certification from the U.S. Building Council for its environmentally friendly construction and design.

On April 19, to honor these efforts – both large and small – Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino named the MGH a recipient of one of the sixth annual Mayor’s Green Awards during a ceremony in the South End in celebration of Earth Day. The Green Awards recognize local businesses and residents who help make Boston a greener, more sustainable and more livable city. The MGH was honored for its efforts in recycling, energy conservation and hazardous waste management.

Also in recognition of Earth Day, on campus, the MGH Raising Environmental Awareness League (REAL) hosted an information table in the Main Corridor featuring statistics about recycling at the MGH. For example, in 2011, Environmental Services reported recycling an impressive 1,263,410 pounds of paper,  724,585 pounds of cardboard and 117,223 pounds of plastic.

Representatives from REAL were at the table to discuss these statistics and offer tips about ways to reduce waste at work and at home. They also provided information about lesser-known recycling initiatives at the hospital, including cell phone recycling bins – located in the Employee Access Center in Bulfinch 107 and the Police and Security Office in Wang 232 – and a magazine recycling program at the Volunteer Office, which accepts gently used publications for patients and visitors to enjoy.

To learn more about sustainability programs at the MGH, email

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