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You, Too, Can Go Green
Simple solutions lead to cost savings and sustainable care.
Joe Paone | Senior Editor
REUSE AND REPURPOSE Facilities are upcycling blue wrap to turn the material into a variety of useful products, including waterproof mats for the homeless.

Approach greening your facility as a strong and steady tortoise would, rather than a hare sprinting out of the box. “Build a strong foundation,” says Kaeleigh Sheehan, a sustainability strategy manager at Practice Greenhealth, which offers resources to develop proactive frameworks for undertaking “Greening the OR” strategies. “Make sure staff is on board, and that you have a culture that’s fostering environmental stewardship as part of everyday work rather than trying to do it overnight, because those are often the programs that burn hot and bright, and then fizzle.” 

Susan R. Pepin, RN, BA, CNOR, service line supervisor at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., says it’s vital to get both your organization’s leadership and staff on board with greening goals. “You need to have all the players in place,” she says. “If you’re the only one doing it, you have no place to take it.”

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