The MGH Green Team working at the Whitelock Community Farm with the Reservior Hill Improvement Council and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, 2011.
The Maryland General Green Team
Maryland General Hospital is committed to protecting the environment. Our internal sustainability and environmental responsibility program aims to increase recycling while reducing the amount of red bag infectious waste we produce as an institution. From the beginning, the program has fostered a culture of sustainability at the hospital and has paid large dividends in our quest to reduce, reuse and recycle at every opportunity.
The program began with a new comprehensive waste separation and recycling program. This systemto properly separate waste at the point of generation, with substantial training on the new processeshas allowed Maryland General to decrease infectious waste by more than 50% in one year (50,000 pounds per month), while increased recycling opportunities have more than doubled in the same period.
What has made all of our initiatives possible is the hard work and dedication of the volunteer members of our Green Team. Over a dozen employees from various departments give us the strength and diversity we need to develop successful, sustainability initiatives. The Green Team actively promotes sustainability throughout the hospital with events such as America Recycles Day and Earth Day. The team is also responsible for developing new ideas and initiatives.
Find great energy saving tips and information at The U.S. Department of Energy's site energysavers.gov
Get involved in greening projects in your Baltimore neighborhood through the Parks and People Foundation. parksandpeople.org