American Family Children's Hospital

At UW Health we recognize that a healthy planet leads to healthy people. That’s why social responsibility is part of our mission for advancing health. This includes identifying and defining sustainable practices and enhancing the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of our practices through energy and water conservation, waste reduction, green transportation, sustainable business standards, site stewardship, and sustainability outreach.


Explore some of the progress already being made at UW Health, or contact us with your suggestions or questions about sustainable practices at UW Health.



Staff Involvement


UW Health believes a healthy environment supports healthy people, so we asked employees why a healthy environment is important to them.

UW Health sustainability: An art project made entirely of anesthesia vial caps

Green Operating Rooms


UW Health's OR staff have championed projects to divert waste from the landfill, including this art project made entirely of anesthesia vial caps. Recent efforts have also helped to reduce CO2 emissions from anesthetic gases in the operating room by 50 percent.


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UW Health Digestive Health Center



UW Health has publicly announced its intention to reduce its energy use intensity by 20 percent by 2023 by joining the United States Department of Energy's Better Buildings Partnership.


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National Awards


In recognition for successful programs to reduce its environmental impact, UW Health received two awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care: the Partner for Change Award, and the Circles of Excellence in Healthy Food Award.


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UW Health's Green STEPS: Going green spacer UW Health Green STEPS: Rooftop gardens