Protecting Our Precious Resources for the Future
Healthcare is the leading producer of waste after the food industry. Hospitals also generally are one of the industries with the largest footprint in their communities. It is therefore especially important for us at Hudson Hospital & Clinic to preserve our environment, responsibly manage our resources and protect our communities for future generations to come. While we have made significant strides toward this goal there is always more that can be done.
In the news (May 2015) ...
Hudson Hospital awarded Practice GreenHealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award! Watch for more information about this exciting sustainability award.
A few areas of focus:
- The food we eat on average travels 1,500 miles. We are making every effort to purchase our food locally. we are doing this through the establishment of relationships with local growers, creameries, farms and ranches. We increased our local food purchasing by 22% from 2013 to 2014.
- Eliminated styrofoam from campus in 2013.
- Expanded the community garden to 66 plots in 2013 and doubled the size of Nutrition Care's plot which provides food to patients, visitors and staff.
- Eliminated paper for all Board Meetings in 2013.
- Reduced paper use at the hospital by 19% from 2013 to 2014
- In April 2014, honey beehives were added to the Hudson Hospital Community Gardens. Honey bees are nature's pollinator - and they make everything in nature come full circle. Bees offer an essential ingredient for healthy gardens, both flora and vegetable.
Hudson Hospital & Clinic is committed to moving forward and leading in the area of sustainability in our community. We have achieved much and are always looking for new ways to do even more.
2014 Green Team Awards
- Green Masters level award in the WI Green Master’s Program
- Practice GreenHealth’s Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award
- Practice GreenHealth Circle of Excellence Award: Water
- UHC Sustainability Award