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5 Tips to Build an Eco-Friendly Hospital

By Team Altus
Published Nov 11, 2019 | Updated Feb 16, 2022 | 5 min read

Many hospitals are opting for earth-friendly initiatives not for recognition, but for their community now and for future generations. Take these steps to help improve the health of your environment, patients, staff, and community.

1. Choose local

From food to supplies, choose and support local organizations to cut down on gasoline that is used to transport these goods and services. By choosing local, you’re also supporting the community around you.

2. Save water

Conserve water consumption by opting for toilets, faucets, showers, and dishwashers that use water more efficiently. Water-saving fixtures can reduce consumption by up to 40% in comparison with more general plumbing systems.

3. Waste disposal

Turn food waste from the cafeteria into compost and set up bins to recycle. Some hospitals have worked with local compost companies that turn food waste into fertilizers for farm use. Tip: Implementing a green education initiative for patients and staff to help spread the word.

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4. Plan with green initiatives in mind

First, create a plan to recycle as much construction waste as possible. When planning, incorporate enough room for storing bikes and special parking for low-emission vehicles while using eco-friendly bus shuttles to promote greener forms of transportation. A subterranean system can conserve water by collecting stormwater that will irrigate landscaping. A heat-reflecting or green roof to keep the building cool.

5. Build with green materials

Utilize recycled materials, low-emission paint, FSC-certified wood, motion-sensing lights, and plants that assist in air conditioning. Added bonus: plants can also promote clinician and patient happiness.

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