Bronson Methodist Hospital Awarded for Making the Environment a Priority
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Bronson Methodist Hospital (BMH) is proud to be recognized for its innovative and effective efforts to protect the environment and make sustainability a priority. The hospital was recently the recipient of the national 2014 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award and named one of Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies.
These achievements recognize a wide range of green initiatives underway at Bronson and supported by thousands of staff members.
The Greenhealth Partner for Change recognition is awarded by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading membership and networking organization for members of the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices. The award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.
The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies award celebrates Michigan companies that inspire and produce green technology to impact the industry and environment. It celebrates those companies that are making their businesses more sustainable, the lives of their employees better and the community, locally and globally, more responsible as a whole.
Some of the environmentally friendly solutions ascribed to by BMH include:
- Water-filling stations located throughout the campus so employees can easily refill their own reusable water bottles instead of using disposable cups
- A Cultivate Michigan campaign featuring locally grown, seasonal foods that has already resulted in 2,000 pounds of Michigan-grown asparagus and 1,500 pounds of blueberries being served in Bronson’s cafés this summer. Diners have also eaten more than three hundred dozen farm-fresh Michigan eggs per week.
- A Bike2Work Club with nearly 40 members who ride their bicycles to work. The program not only saves on fossil fuel use, but makes for a healthy commute.
- Car-charging stations for electric vehicles
Computer power management software to automatically shut computers down when not in use and restart them when users are present. In just one year, the software has saved 341,338 kilowatt hours for a savings of nearly $35,000. That energy savings is equal to taking 46 cars off the road.
Bronson is committed to continuing the highest standards for environmental practices in healthcare. For more information about these efforts, click here.