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2016 UW Health Sustainability Report

The UW Health Sustainability Program is proud to present our 2016 Sustainability Report.

 

Committees exist in key areas that make up the core of our sustainability program: energy and water, green standards, greening the operating room (OR), sustainable foods, waste and outreach. These diverse teams include partners from within our organization as well as the community who work together on organization-wide initiatives. Numerous sites have a group of active employees who engage in sustainable initiatives.

 

Committee leaders include:

  • Liz Douglas, vice president of facilities and support services
  • Dr. Karin Zuegge, medical director for sustainability
  • Mary Evers Statz, sustainability director
  • Maximilian Christman, sustainability specialist

Under each tab, view our achievements from 2016, as well as the goals for 2017 within the core areas of UW Health's Sustainability Program.

 

Energy, Water and Carbon

2016 Achievements

  • Energy enhancements and retro commissioning projects at University Hospital, American Family Children's Hospital and some of our larger clinics save the organization more than $1 million annually
  • Our Administrative Office Building earned Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency as it performs in the top 25 percent of all peer buildings
  • UW Health achieved an 18 percent reduction in carbon performance compared to a 2013 baseline across our portfolio

2017 Goals

  • Reduce water use intensity (gallons per square foot) by 5 percent across our building portfolio
  • Reach Better Buildings Challenge goal of a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions compared to a 2013 baseline, which would allow us to reach our goal six years early
  • Complete retro-commissioning project at SwedishAmerican Hospital
Energy Star logo U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge logo
UW Health tracks energy usage at all buildings using Energy Star Portfolio Manager and participates in the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge.

 

Green Standards

2016 Achievements

  • Six percent of all products purchased through UW Health's GPO are green-certified
  • 30% post-consumer recycled content standard set for all copy paper purchases
  • Through Practice Greenhealth, an environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) pledge was signed for the UW Health system to let us identify additional sustainable purchasing opportunities
  • New clinics in Cottage Grove, Fort Atkinson and Madison (Union Corners) were designed using green building standards, and all perform in the 75th percentile of peer buildings

2017 Goals

  • Increase green-certified purchasing budget by 15 percent
  • Achieve LEED Silver for Union Corners Clinic and LEED Gold for UW Health at The American Center
Practice Greenhealth Member logo U.S. Green Building Council LEED Certification logo
UW Health joined Practice Greenhealth and has six buildings that are LEED certified.

Greening the OR

2016 Achievements

  • More than 25,000 sterile devices were reprocessed at University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital which diverted nearly 7,000 pounds of waste from the landfill
  • Improvements in anesthetic gas usage efficiency allowed University Hospital operating rooms to keep more than 4,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent gas from the reaching earth's atmosphere while saving nearly $250,000 per year
  • Clinical plastics are recycled, and 2.4 tons of sterile wrap per year is kept out of the landfill
  • Dr. Karin Zuegge, medical director for sustainability, along with art coordinator Mandy Kron and several OR staff, championed an incredible recycled art project to divert anesthesia vial caps from the landfill. Read and view more about it on Channel3000.com, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Badger Herald

2017 Goals

  • All UW Health ORs to be evaluated for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) setback opportunities during unoccupied hours
  • Institute recycling programs for all eligible items that do not come into patient contact
Dr. Karin Zuegge and Sally Temple perform a waste audit in an operating room at University Hospital.
Dr. Karin Zuegge and Sally Temple perform a waste audit in an operating room at University Hospital.

Sustainable Foods

2016 Achievements

  • Increased spend on local (produced within 150 miles of University Hospital) or sustainable (i.e. third-party certified, organic, etc.) foods to 28 percent of total spend, up from 6 percent in 2015
  • Vendor changes were made for pork, chicken, and beef allowing two-thirds of offerings in University Hospital to be antibiotic-free
  • Adjustments to portion sizes at UW Health hospitals and piloting of composting programs like that seen at UW Health at The American Center will have a positive impact on reducing food waste going forward

2017 Goals

  • Increase local produce purchases by 10 percent
  • Identify opportunities to reduce food waste throughout UW Health
  • Develop consistent food practices at all UW Health hospitals
  • Serve only antibiotic-free meat at University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital
Culinary Services is able to offer healthy, local and sustainable foods in our cafeteria each and every day.
Culinary Services is able to offer healthy, local and sustainable foods in our cafeteria each and every day.

 

Waste

2016 Achievements

  • Waste streams identified and baselines established at most UW Health sites
  • The recycling rate at University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital, exceeded 40 percent
  • More than 30 UW Health clinics implemented recycling programs with the help of on-site green teams

2017 Goals

  • Reduce regulated medical waste below 6.5 percent of total weight and below 30 percent of total waste cost at University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital
  • Identify opportunities to reduce hazardous waste throughout UW Health
  • Exceed 45 percent as the total recycling rate at University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital
Joshua Churchill and Robin Werner from Environmental Services tour Uniek in Waunakee with Maximilian Christman from the Sustainability Program. Uniek is able to take the Styrofoam generated at University Hospital and turn it into picture frames and other products.

Joshua Churchill and Robin Werner from Environmental Services tour Uniek in Waunakee with Maximilian Christman from the Sustainability Program. Uniek is able to take the Styrofoam generated at University Hospital and turn it into picture frames and other products.

 

Outreach

2016 Achievements

2017 Goals

  • Engage stakeholders including patients, families, medical students, and staff in our sustainability efforts
  • Establish a publicly available, multi-year sustainability plan that outlines all medium- to long- term program goals
  • Continue to share UW Health's sustainability initiatives via social media and with news media throughout the entire calendar year
Mary Evers Statz and Maximilian Christman receive the Green Masters award from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Ralph Turner accepts the Business Friend of the Environment award from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

Mary Evers Statz and Maximilian Christman receive the Green Masters award from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

Ralph Turner accepts the Business Friend of the Environment award from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.