Green U Health

HIGHLIGHTS on U Health partners


Our goal is to increase our rate of waste diversion from landfills: between our single stream recycling, shredded PHI paper and other recycling stream, we re reaching a 22% diversion rate.

Single Stream Recycling
Most of our buildings have recycling receptacles. Download our Recycle Often, Recycle Right sign.


Toner Cartridges recycling program
UPDATE: As of February 4th, the Toner Cartridges Recycling Bins will be retired. It is unfortunate, but changes in the refurbishing market have made it very difficult for local recycling companies to compete. Coming soon for Non-Canon qualifying items: STAPLES Cartridges Recycling program will be available through U Marketplace. LEARN MORE



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)- Uhealth2018

 What 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.

REMEMBER: 1 Lbs. of red bag waste is SEVEN TIMES the price of 1 Lbs. of regular trash. NON-CONTAMINATED WASTE should be tossed in a regular trash bin. 


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.


Green Lab programIf 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! Learn more

Student Green Committee at Miller
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 Green Lab program and work on new initiatives. Learn more, visit our SGC at Miller page.

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. 



  • 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 state-of-the-art Central Energy Plant has helped us save energy. Learn more.
  • Since 2015, we’ve passed a LED lighting mandate to progressively phase out incandescent CFL bulbs.
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


University of Miami Dining Services have implemented numerous sustainable food initiatives on our Coral Gables campus. With its partner Morrison, we are thriving to integrate best practices through our Medical campus and healthcare facilities.  Recently, U Health along with Jackson Memorial have decided to take the HEALTHIER FOOD CHALLENGE from the Healthier Hospital Initiative

- Healthy beverages Q4 2018: 64% of total expenses
- Better Meat FY 2018: 17% <> our goal is 20% better meat* by 2025
- Sustainable and Local Food FY 2018: 23% <> our goal is 20% sustainable and local food by 2025
- Less meat Q1 2018: 21% <> our goal is 20% less meat by 2025

*Certifications & Label Claims Used to Verify Antibiotic Usage: Raised without Antibiotics; HFAC Certified (Certified Human); CRAU Certified (Antibiotic free)

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

Patient, Staff and Student wellbeing
In the middle of our very urban medical campus, right in front of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Med students and staff have volunteered to plant a butterfly garden. Relaxation spaces are essential to staff moral and students awareness.
Patients and family members can reconnect with nature while they come for their treatment.

In recent years, the effects of the physical environment on the healing process and well-being have proved to be increasingly relevant for patients and their families as well as for healthcare staff." Healing Environment: A review of the impact of physical environmental factors on users - E.R.C.M. Huisman; E.Morales; J.Van. Hoof; H.S.M. Kort



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.



HIGHLIGHTS on U Health partners: 



Goodwill Laundry and Linens is the newest state of the art commercial healthcare laundry in South Florida. By nature the processing, laundering and re using textiles as opposed to disposable linen is the major component in being green for the customer and the provider.

Processing Equipment/ Energy Efficient

Energy efficient laundry processing equipment was given the highest priority when selecting the laundering and finishing equipment for the new laundry.

Tunnel Washers:  Milnor Pulse Flow tunnel washers were selected for the main washers to process linen for Goodwill Laundry and Linens. The American manufactured washers use only .40 gallons per pound of water to wash linens as opposed to the other manufacturers which are using .75 to one gallon of water per pound to do the same process.

This results in potentially over 1.6 million gallons of water not used from the Aquifer annually this year. The anticipated water savings with Jackson Health poundage will be over 5 million gallons saved annually.


Heat Reclamation: Goodwill Laundry and Linens captures the residual heat energy from the drain water from the washers and through a Kemco heat reclamation system and pre heats the incoming cold water thereby reducing the amount of (new) energy required to heat the water.

 In addition the high temperature exhaust air from the boilers are captured and used to make all the hot water required by the plant. No additional or (new) energy is required.

Dryers: Milnor 300 pound batch dryers were selected to dry linen due to the energy efficient way they accomplish the drying process. The dryers use less electricity and natural gas by utilizing humidity sensing technology. This allows the dryer to finish the drying process and discharge the linen as soon as it is dry as opposed to a (timed) drying process which continues to use energy even though the linen is dry. 

Ironers: Chicago self -contained thermal fluid heated ironers are used to iron linen. The ironers have a self- contained burner which uses significantly less energy as opposed to steam generated from a boiler eliminating the line loss and increased energy required.

Lighting: The Goodwill laundry facility uses the most up to date energy efficient lighting to illuminate the plant and work stations. The lighting is programmable using energy only in areas and times necessary. In addition LED lighting is used over work stations resulting in less energy consumption and improved linen quality control.

Lighting in offices, rest rooms and break rooms are controlled by motion sensors and automatically turns on and off depending on whether the space is occupied or not.

Recycling: Goodwill Laundry and Linens is committed to recycling as much as possible. All plastic especially plastic soiled linen bags are placed in a recycling compactor and sent to a recycling center where the bags are melted and repurposed to make new plastic products. The plastic recycling reduces the Goodwill’s trash flow to our landfills significantly. Goodwill has recycled over a quarter of a million pounds of plastic over the past 12 months.

Linen that has reached its useful purpose is recycled into rags and other useful products and not sent to the landfill.

Pallets received by the laundry for new linen shipments are re used by Goodwill’s main manufacturing facility for shipping.

All cardboard is sent to a cardboard recycling center

Used oils and greases are picked up by an oil recycling service and are reconstituted for additional use.

Employee Awareness: Upon orientation staff is made aware of our commitment to energy efficiencies and recycling the items listed above. Key staff working in areas of items to be recycled is responsible for making certain that they are handled and staged appropriately.

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U Health is part of the 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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