Soldotna, AK – Central Peninsula Hospital has been awarded with a Green Star for successfully meeting the Green Star program’s standards. By meeting the Green Star Standards, Central Peninsula Hospital has demonstrated to the public that they have gone well beyond compliance with environmental regulations, and have voluntarily implemented a thorough waste prevention and pollution prevention plan.
The Green Star Award is the culmination of many hours of work by the hospital’s Green Team, chaired by Jim Childers. The Green Team and the entire staff of the hospital have worked to create and implement standards that help the environment, the community and reduce the costs of running a business. Some of the Green Team’s most recent achievements are:
•Recycled over 30 tons of waste this past year
•L.E.D. lights are being replaced in all current fixtures, significantly reducing
•The facility now purchases recycled paper products,
biodegradable utensils and food containers
•Replaced all battery operated towel dispensers, saving 3000 D cell batteries a year
•Whenever possible, the hospital has removed or reduced the use of harsh cleaning chemicals. Instead of using chemicals to strip floors, most of the work is now done with a machine that does not use any.
Kenai Peninsula Green Star Program Coordinator, Connie Ferguson, presented the Green Star award to CPH Assistant Administrator Matthew Dammeyer, PhD. In presenting the award, Ms. Ferguson further explained the importance of the Green Team’s efforts with these comments, “Participating in the Green Star program contributes to better health for employees and customers by reducing waste and pollution in the hospital. The community as a whole will also benefit from your participation as the life of the current landfill is extended, saving taxpayers money, and natural resources are conserved and protected.”
In accepting the award, Mr. Dammeyer, PhD, remarked, “Although the Green Star program is a valuable undertaking for the organization, our award would not have been made possible without the dedication and efforts of Jim Childers and the Green Team.”