Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, presented its 2012 “Champion for Change” Award to HDR for outstanding environmental stewardship and protecting public health. Practice Greenhealth honored its top performers May 2 at the Environmental Excellence Awards presentation in Denver, Colo. in conjunction with CleanMed, a global conference on environmentally sustainable health care.
The Champion for Change Award recognizes businesses and organizations that demonstrate successful accomplishments in ‘greening’ their own organizations and assisting healthcare clients to improve facilities’ environmental performance.
The Champion for Change Award is reserved for organizational partners supplying healthcare products and services that are considerate of the earth and its resources and includes a donation on the winners’ behalf of mercury-free thermometers and sphygmomanometers to seven hospitals in Bali. These award winners have achieved success in greening their own organization and have also assisted others who are committed to improving their environmental performance. “HDR has many clients who request sustainable services,” says HDR’s Jean Hansen, sustainable interiors manager. “We are committed to implementing and deepening sustainable design principles not only to support our clients, but also to be good stewards of this planet that we call home.”
Recognizing the need for multi-disciplinary solutions, HDR created the Intelligent Facility Solutions group, which brings together sustainable design, commissioning and energy services professionals. The firm has also implemented sustainable standards for all projects 50,000 square feet and larger. One of the basic tenets of the IFS group is transparency, which is especially important in the product industry. In fact, HDR professionals serve on the Pilot Program committee to support manufacturers developing the Health Product Declaration Open Standard draft. Additionally, HDR has gained significant experience in developing climate action-plans, greenhouse gas management and sustainability strategies as well as sponsoring the “Greening the OR” initiative.
Posted May 7, 2012