Greening at UHN

UHN green logo imageWe've been proudly green for more than a decade! Led by the Energy and Environment department, we breathe life into the motto "UHN: Committed to Patient and Planet Centered Care". We've won awards for our groundbreaking programs, and we put concern for the environment right into how we care for and treat patients.

Here's just some of what we do:    

Energy Awareness Program – With our TLC – Care to Conserve energy management program, UHN combines raising awareness, changing behaviours and installing more efficient equipment to save energy. Projects include LED lights, energy efficient chillers, a cool roof and a green roof.

Medical Equipment Donations – Working with Operation Green and other organizations, we collect surplus medical equipment and supplies to give to developing communities that need them.

Recycling & Composting – We have a long running and successful recycling and composting program that saves over a third of our waste from landfill. And with separated recycling, like paper/cardboard vs. cans/bottles, we save money too. That's green environmentally and financially.

eWaste – In health care and everywhere, we're seeing more electronic waste like computers, medical equipment, printers, toner and batteries. We have several programs to recycle it ethically, so that future generations aren't stepping over a mountain of old cartridges.    

Clean commuting – UHN's staff is a small city in itself, and more than 2,500 of our people use the TTC VIP program. The Bicycle User Group, plus our many bike parking zones, all encourage our 1,500 cyclists. And our carpool matching program connects staff to share a ride. 

Green Cleaning and Maintenance Products – UHN uses more and more eco-certified green alternative, which helps protect our staff, patients and visitors from toxic chemicals.

Eliminating bottled water – Since UHN's in-house caterer, Core Catering, phased out bottled water, we've cut down more than 30,000 plastic bottles a year. Larger water coolers are also being phased out from the hospital.

UHN Food Garden – A groundbreaking (pun intended) 'Seed to Feed' experience for UHN staff and members of the cancer survivorship programs at ELLICSR. Volunteer stewards help develop the garden from seed and maintain the garden as it grows. The harvest is used in the ELLICSR kitchen to teach cancer survivors how to cook healthy meals.

KDTThe Krembil Discovery Tower , a world-class research centre, was built with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Standards in mind. LEED is the gold standard in measuring human and environmental health.

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