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 Management 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 Deep Lake Water Cooling, Building Automation Optimization, 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 – As burning fossil fuels by driving is a top cause of Climate Change, UHN encourages cleaner and climate-saving alternatives. Many secure bike parking zones, a large Bicycle User Group, and a staff discount for Bike Share Toronto, all encourage our 1,500 cyclists. 50 electric vehicle charging stations help drivers switch from gas to zero emissions vehicles. 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.

UHN Food Garden – Several gardens around UHN help patients, staff and food systems in groundbreaking ways (pun intended). Toronto Rehab Institute boasts the GROW garden, Garden Rehab On Wheels, a wheel-chair accessible garden used for patient rehabilitation and staff engagement. Pollinator friendly gardens keep the bee and the butterfly populations booming and blooming.

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.

A Year in the Life – for everything we’ve been up to last year, have a look at our latest annual report.

Talkin' Trash with UHN – Our blog featuring free-range, organic ideas from around UHN

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