Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham Honored for Green Initiatives

Date: May 15, 2017

Hospital is Presented One of Four Green Business Awards from Newton-Needham Regional Chamber

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) and its Green Team committee were one of four recipients of a Green Business Award from the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivered keynote remarks at the marquee spring event for the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.     

“Being recognized for our environmental efforts is a great honor, as it is a testament to the actionable steps we have made to become a more sustainable and green organization,” said John Fogarty, President and CEO of BID–Needham. “We are very grateful to the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber and to the BID–Needham Green Team for their excellent efforts. We remain committed to even more impactful growth in this area.”  

The Chamber's annual awards, presented among roughly 300 business and civic leaders, honor local organizations for sustainable or environmentally friendly initiatives, business practices and/or products. The award follows recognition from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) for BID–Needham’s sustainability efforts, which earned the hospital a 2017 Healthy Work/Healthy Home Environmental Action Award for its commitment to environmental sustainability and the changes implemented to ensure that we further our mission of environmental stewardship and advocacy.

The BID–Needham Green Team, co-led by Kelly Wallace, Director of Development, and Ken Edwards, Director of Facilities, received the awards on behalf of the hospital, along with senior administrators.

The many sustainability initiatives and improvements made by the hospital include:

·3,700 fewer bottles of water per year

·Over 6% reduction in white paper use

·300% increase in recycled cardboard annually

·Installed rooftop equipment controls to reduce electrical consumption and improve equipment operation, resulting in energy use reduction of approximately 40%

·Installed over 300 LED lamps throughout hospital