Our Practice Is Going Greener!
Hudson Physicians is taking responsibility for recycling, repurposing, and reducing our consumption of raw materials. This effort will impact all areas of our practice and make us and our patients better global citizens. While not everyone agrees that global warming is changing our world, everyone is in favor of reducing wasteful use of our planet’s resources.
Our project takes a three-pronged approach:
Reduce the amount of paper, single-use plastic, and natural resources consumed such as electricity and water. We are laminating forms to reduce paper consumption and working on electronic signatures for HIPAA and other forms. Patient information will be delivered electronically to patients who “opt in.” Employees will be provided with cups, mugs, and tableware for lunches — and we encourage them to pack their snacks and meals in reusable bags and boxes.
Recycle more materials by making our existing recycling program easier to use. More bins will be installed and placed where they are easiest to access. We will encourage, with rewards, people caught “green handed” by removing recyclable materials from the garbage and placing them in recycle bins. Also, Hudson Physicians will conduct a waste assessment to disclose other areas where we could be greener.
Reuse food waste by adding our leftovers to Hudson Hospital’s composting pile. The composted materials will be used as we grow our “Hudson Physicians Clinic Garden” for our employees.
Hudson Physicians and Hudson Hospital are working jointly on several green efforts. Hudson Hospital was recently named number nine in environmental excellence by Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit sustainable healthcare networking organization. We are part of something exciting, positive, and making measurable changes.