Breaking news to report today! LifeBridge Health has won the first Green Policy category award at the Baltimore Business Journal's inaugural Green Business awards luncheon. The Green Awards recognize the greenest Baltimore businesses in seven different categories.
LifeBridge Health was recognized for reducing energy costs by nearly $400,000 last year by switching to compact fluorescent lighting in operating rooms, cafeterias, hallways and parking garages and asking employees to turn off lights when leaving rooms.
"Making a valuable impact requires everyone doing their part throughout the system," says Peter Arn, vice president of Capital Improvements for LifeBridge Health. The green process is never over. There's always room for improvement."
A full story on LifeBridge Health's green initiative will be published in tomorrow's editions, but here are some of LifeBridge's green achievements:
Increasing the use of recyclable products by 65 percent, or 470,000 pounds, in 2008.
Composting 65,000 pounds of food waste.
Installing lights that switch off automatically when a room is unoccupied.
Construction of a green roof for the atrium topping a six-story addition to Sinai Hospital.
Using recycled glass in the floors of the new wing.