• By Kelley Luckstein

Three Mayo Clinic Campuses Recognized by Practice Greenhealth for Environmental Efforts

May 20, 2016

2016 Practice Greenhealth Emerald AwardROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic campuses in Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been awarded for their sustainability efforts by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to reducing the impact health care institutions have on the environment.

Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, each received the 2016 Greenhealth Emerald Award for demonstrating superior sustainability programs. Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida, earned the Partner for Change Award for continuously improving and expanding upon its efforts to eliminate mercury, reduce waste, recycle and lessen its impact on the environment. Eau Claire also was recognized for its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of surgical procedures in operating rooms with a Greening the OR Initiative Award.

The Mayo Clinic Green Advisory Council leads the environmental efforts that develop and encourage improvements to conserve energy, ensure a more environmentally responsible supply chain, reduce the waste stream, construct and operate facilities for long-term efficiency and participate with industry and educational leaders in sustainability.

“Mayo Clinic’s campuses, collectively, have made significant improvements in waste stream diversion, energy management and water conservation in recent years,” says Henry Tazelaar, M.D., chair of the Mayo Clinic Green Advisory Council. “In total, these efforts are estimated to save Mayo Clinic more than $6 million annually through more efficient operations.

Examples of recent Mayo Clinic efforts include:

  • Renovating existing facilities to enhance energy conservation
  • Investing in more energy-efficient equipment
  • Improving metering systems to identify energy and water conservation opportunities
  • Expanding recycling and equipment reuse efforts

“We are proud to be recognized for our efforts and congratulate the campuses for their achievements,” Dr. Tazelaar says. “We are all looking for opportunities to do even better with continued collaboration.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kelley Luckstein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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