The Memorandum of Understanding Will Reduce Hospital’s Environmental
STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 26, 2009 – The signing today of a comprehensive green “Memorandum
of Understanding” (MOU) between Stony Brook University Hospital and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks a first for any hospital in
the United States. The MOU document defines ways in which SBUH and the EPA will work together to mutually advance their collective goals in reducing the
hospital’s environmental footprint. Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., CEO, Stony Brook
University Medical Center, and Barbara
Finazzo, EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, signed the agreement during
a ceremony in the hospital lobby.
MOU formalizes the hospital’s continued commitment to be an environmentally
conscious healthcare institution,” says Dr. Strongwater. “Our relationship with
the EPA is a true indication of our commitment to continually improve out
programs by reducing waste, minimizing the use of hazardous materials and
preventing pollution of our valuable resources. It is another step in the
process toward becoming a world class healthcare institution.”
“This agreement shows that a medical
institution like Stony
Hospital can provide
world-class medical care while taking steps to protect the environment,” said
EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Barbara Finazzo. “This comprehensive
agreement not only addresses broad issues like energy and water usage, but also
those unique to the health care sector, like using environmentally-friendly
SBUH/EPA agreement, which lasts five years, affirms SBUH’s commitment to its
Environmental Policy Statement that declares protection of the health and well
being of the SBUH community through continual improvement in the reduction,
re-use and recycle programs with sustainability being the chief goal. According
to the EPA, the MOU includes steps to conserve energy and water usage across
SBUH, reduce waste and increase the use of environmentally-friendly products.
order to work with the EPA to achieve “sustainable development” as a healthcare
institution, SBUH has agreed to numerous commitments as stated within the MOU.
Examples include: recycling paper cardboard, bottles and cans; recycling
computers and electronics, including
toner and inkjet cartridges; reprocess oxisensors, blades, burrs, bits, guide wires
and catheters, as well as investigate additional reprocessing opportunities;
and reducing or eliminating mercury and DEHP/PVC containing products.
will also adopt or enhance strategies promoted by various EPA voluntary programs,
including ENERGY STAR, WasteWise, WaterSense, GreenScapes, and Recycle Mania.
order for the EPA to determine the environmental benefits of SBUH’s MOU “green”
activities, the hospital is responsible for submitting a status report twice
each year to the EPA (beginning six months after signing). The reports will
include updates on each of the commitments and programs that are listed in the
The ceremony also recognized
the work of the hospital’s Environmental Health and Safety Department and the
efforts of the “Go Green” committee chaired by the Hospital’s Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Jill
Kavoukian. The previous work of the Go Green committee and the Hazardous
Materials and Waste subcommittee, chaired by Carol Malley, Environmental
Manager, were essential for SBUH to become a more sustainable and eco-friendly
Over the past three years, the
SBUH Environmental Health and Safety Department has received several awards in
recognition of “green” efforts. These include: H2E Making Medicine Mercury Free
(2006), EPA Environmental Quality Award (2007), and Practice Greenhealth:
Partner for Change Award (2008 and 2009).
With Photo: Dr. Steven Strongwater, CEO, SBUMC,
Congressman Tim Bishop, and Barbara Finazzo, EPA
Acting Deputy Regional Administrator.