UF Health receives Practice Greenhealth awards

UF Health Shands Hospital
UF Health Shands Hospital
Courtesy of UF Health

UF Health Shands Hospital recently received both the Greenhealth Emerald Award and the Greening the OR Circles of Excellence Award.  

The Practice Greenhealth awards recognized UF Health’s achievements in environmental sustainability. The Greenhealth Emerald Award only recognizes the top 20% of applicants.  

“We are incredibly honored to again be recognized by Practice Greenhealth for our sustainability efforts at UF Health Shands,” said Dr. Lauren Berkow, a professor of anesthesiology in the UF College of Medicine, in a press release. “It is a huge accomplishment to be included in the Greening the OR Circle of Excellence — only 10 hospitals out of all the applicants who apply for Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards are recognized each year with this honor.” 

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UF Health composted 135 tons of food, and the hospital reduced the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by not purchasing Desflurance, a common anesthetic. The hospital also started a print initiative which led to a reduction in printing, saving 2 million sheets of paper, which saved 240 trees and 200,000 gallons of water, according to the release. 

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