WINDSOR, VT – The Vermont Governor’s office recently honored Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center for their actions to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote environmental sustainability. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center was named a winner of the 2011 Vermont Governor’s Awards for its “Reduce, Recycle, Re-use” program, a multifaceted resource conservation program that encompasses numerous departments and services within the hospital.
Over the past five years, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center’s implementation of the program has led to the conservation and protection of the environment by minimizing resource consumption. An all-volunteer team comprised of physicians, nurses, administrators, and staff from environmental and nutritional services lead the ongoing efforts. Their actions have resulted in a 30% reduction in the generation of solid waste, a 10% decrease in energy use, 90% use of environmentally preferable cleaning and office products, and elimination of chemical fertilizer use on the campus. In addition, locally grown foods are also served throughout the hospital.
Chief Operating Officer, Ben Beres, contributes the program’s success to the engagement of hospital employees at all levels. “Mt. Ascutney appreciates the beauty and resources Vermont has to offer. Our pride is reflected in the ways we commit to keeping Vermont a great place to live, work and raise a family,” explained Beres. “The sustainability committee continuously investigates new ways to provide quality services to our patients while being environmentally responsible.”
To date, more than 150 award-winning efforts of Vermont individuals, organizations, institutions, public agencies and businesses have been recognized as winners of the Vermont Governor’s Awards. Projects recognized contribute significantly to protecting the environment, conserving energy and reducing the production of greenhouse gases.