greening at Bon Secours

At Bon Secours New York Health System, we have a program of Environmental Stewardship called Greening. We are committed to sustainable practices to keep our residents, staff, visitors, and our environment sustainable and healthy. How does this translate into practice?

  • We recycle: paper, cans, bottles, glass and cardboard

  • We compost food trash

  • We use energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs

  • We serve milk that is free of Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH)

  • We use “green,” environmentally sustainable cleaning products

  • We save energy

  • We have a community garden

  • We serve as much locally grown food as possible

  • We prepare most of our food "from scratch"

On May 18, 2010, Bon Secours New York/Schervier was honored with a “Partner for Change with Distinction Award” from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The Award is one of the organization’s seven Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The Partner for Change with Distinction Award recognizes healthcare facilities that have achieved improvements in waste reduction and pollution prevention programs, including at least 15% recycling, an extensive sustainability program, and a show of leadership in the local community and/or in the health care sector.

In fact, Schervier Nursing Care Center’s recycling rate rose from 18% in 2008 to 58% thus far in 2010. In the month of April 2010 alone, Schervier’s Environmental Stewardship Program helped save 60 trees, 277 gallons of oil, 24,570 gallons of water and 42 cubic yards of landfill space. Of additional note is Schervier Nursing Care Center’s composting program, which is resulting in over 1,000 lbs of food waste per month being removed from the regular municipal waste stream (landfill).

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