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Hospital saves green by going green

May 06, 2011
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SCHENECTADY, NY— Ellis Hospital formed a "green team" consisting of physicians and auxiliary staff members nearly two years ago to reduce the medical center''s carbon footprint, according to the Times Union.

The efforts have saved Ellis Hospital roughly $200,000 annually and have reduced the negative environmental factors associated with daily business operations, the story stated.

Among the achievements of Ellis Hospital''s sustainable efforts are: 61,000 fewer pounds of paper products consumed; a 9 percent increase in the use of recycled paper; 46,815 fewer pounds of plastic and other waste sent to landfills; and reduced cleaning chemical consumption, the story noted.

By switching to environmentally preferable microfiber cloths and mops, Ellis Hospital''s custodial staff reduced its water usage from 300 gallons per day to only 34, the story added.

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