Green U Health

U Health is proud to be part of Florida Hospital Association Sustainability Collaborative
The FHA Hospital Sustainability Collaborative is a new initiative developed in partnership with Practice GreenHealth (PGH), a national campaign to improve environmental health and sustainability. Learn more

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WASTE DIVERSION

Our goal is to increase our rate of waste diversion from landfills: In March 2015, our Full Diversion rate was 12%.  In March 2016, it went up to 15%.To see our Green Facts report on Single Stream Recycling and its environmental benefits, click on UM Hospital or School of Medicine.

 

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WASTE REDUCTION

Here are the Green Guidelines for our 3 Hospitals and for the School of Medicine. With our consultants, we thrive in reducing our impact on the environment and especially in reducing our volume of Bio Hazard waste we generate (Red Bags)
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Waste that should go into Red Bags? redbag
> Items dripping with or saturated with blood and/or *body fluid OR caked with dried human blood.
> Items such as, dressings, chest drainage tubes, IV tubes filled with blood, Suction Canisters treated with solidifier, and blood and blood product bags.
*Body fluids are defined as blood and blood components, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural, peritoneal, pericardial,
semen and vaginal secretions.  Feces, Urine, Vomit, Sputum, Sweat, and Tears are not disposed of as red bag waste unless there is visible signs of blood.

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GREENING the OR


- Since April 2015, in only a year, our Supply Chain Dpt along with teams of Healthcare practicioners at UMH and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have increased the reprocessing of single use devices in the OR:
From 3565 devices reprocessed and 0 devices purchased back in 2015, to 5512 devices reprocessed and 277 devices purchased back in 2016.

- A new Sterilization Wrap recycling program is now implemented at UMH.
From blue wrap to plastic bench, we give a new life to waste.




OUTREACH

Green Lab program
If you work in a lab, manage a lab, study in a lab, and you want to make it more sustainable, Green U is here to help!
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Grad/Med Students Green Team
If you are student in the School of Medicine, join our Green Team! In collaboration with Student Government, our group of passionate students promote current programs like the waste diversion and Green lab programs and work on new initiatives like waste minimization in the Labs or Labs Energy retrofits. If you want to get involved, reach out to greenu@miami.edu

 

Green Receiving Areas
A simple checklist to follow for our receiving areas to make sure we reuse and recycle as much waste as possible. Learn More

Primary shipping for UMH will progressively ask to phase out non-reusable, non-recyclable wooden pallets by plastic re-usable pallets.

Primary Receiving is proceeding to the progressive elimination of cardboard outer boxes on all distributor shipments. Supply is being delivered through a system of reusable plastic totters.
 

 

ENERGY and WATER CONSERVATION

  • University of Miami since 2007 adopted a Green Building mandate: All new construction need to reach a LEED Silver certification (Learn more about US Green Building Council -LEED). Visit our Design and Construction Green Buildings page to have a complete list of our new LEED New Construction.
    - Our Central Energy Plant has saved a lot of energy since its construction.

    Learn more.
    - Since 2015, we’ve passed a LED lighting mandate to progressively
    phase out incandescent CFL bulbs.
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INTEGRATION OF WELL AND WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
UM expects to have this new water well supply integrated with its existing cooling tower water treatment system, creating an environmentally friendly process that will recycle aquifer water back to its source. The treatment system, part of the original central energy plant build, utilizes pulsed electric fields for control of mineral scaling, microbial growth and corrosion in the cooling towers.

Cooling tower blowdown is discharged to a filtration pond, instead of the sewer, part of
an environmentally friendly process that essentially recycleS aquifer water back to its
source.

 "Since the new plant commenced operation, the Miller School has not stopped its pursuit of ever-greater energy efficiency and resiliency. In recent years, it has increased the plant’s emergency power supply and installed a backup water well system. In addition, projects are now in the works to both integrate those wells with the chiller plant’s nonchemical water treatment system and to install variablespeed drives on condenser water supply pumps."  2017 International District Energy Association

Read the complete presentation from Marcelo Bezos, Director of utilities and
engineering at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

CO2 SCRUBBER at the Wellness Center
Challenge: Poor indoor air quality and high HVAC energy consumption at state-of-the-art university fitness center 
Solution: enVerid HLRs installed on each floor of 60,000 ft2 wellness facility to scrub air of contaminants and reduce the amount of outside air ventilation required. Learn more

 

HEALTHY FOOD

University of Miami Dining Services have implemented numerous sustainable food initiatives on our Coral Gables campus and will thrive to integrate them in the Medical campus comprehensive dining strategy.
Learn more about UM Dining - Sustainability at Coral Gables





If you are passionate about our environment and sustainability, if you want to join the team and bring your own expertise, please contact greenu@miami.edu

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In the News: Green U Hosted Sustainability Forum for South Florida Hospitals
Among the featured speakers, Julie Moyle, M.S.N., R.N., an outreach specialist with the Healthier Hospitals Initiative of Practice Green Health, gave an extensive overview of the benefits of greening hospital operations and made a presentation on a free web tool that provides resources and sustainability challenges in areas of engaging leadership, energy savings, water conservation, food and wellness and greening purchasing.