Aug. 5, 2014

Emory operating room goes 'green'

Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory University Hospital are implementing a new recycling program in operating rooms and patient care areas to reduce and divert waste from landfills.

“Operating rooms create a tremendous volume of waste,” says Jane Duggan, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and lead of the OR Green Team at Emory University Hospital Midtown. “Much of it is clean waste and can be recycled. Health care sustainability is critical, and by diverting waste from landfills, we expect to take huge
strides forward in greening our campus.”

To make this mission a success, the hospitals are educating staff and aligning with companies that collect and process regulated medical recyclables. Emory will continue to donate surplus medical supplies to underserved hospitals and clinics through the non-profit MedShare.

In addition, the Winship Cancer Institute is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and is a part of the Emory Sustainability Initiative. Visit the "Green Winship" web page to learn more.

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