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|Virginia Mason Receives International Climate Champion Award|
SEATTLE – (Feb. 10, 2017) — Virginia Mason has been named a recipient of the 2020 Challenge Climate Champion Award by Global Green and Healthy Hospitals for its work leading efforts to respond to climate change.
“Climate change is one of the greatest human health threats of our time,” said Brenna Davis, director, Sustainability, Virginia Mason. “We are working with our international colleagues to reduce the global environmental impact of the health care industry.”
Virginia Mason, which has pledged to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2020, is one of several organizations to receive a gold medal in the Climate Leadership and Climate Resiliency categories.
In 2015, Virginia Mason joined nine other health care institutions in launching the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, a campaign aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the health care industry around the world. It also led the creation of the Washington Climate Declaration, signed by more than 250 businesses.
Virginia Mason has received numerous accolades for its environmental stewardship, including being named one of the 25 most sustainable hospitals in America by Practice Green Health. Virginia Mason was also recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in 2013 and 2015. Additionally in 2015, the medical center was awarded Practice Green Health’s Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award.
In the 1990s, Virginia Mason’s sustainability program focused on recycling and energy efficiency. In 2007, Virginia Mason became the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to compost food waste from the cafeteria and patients’ rooms. Shortly after, Virginia Mason became the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to begin a recycling program in its operating rooms. Sustainability projects are implemented using the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology inspired by the Toyota Production System.
Learn more about Virginia Mason’s commitment to sustainability.
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Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving the Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Memorial online: YakimaMemorial.org