Celebrate Earth Day by reducing paper consumption

Celebrate Earth Day by reducing paper consumption

At Gundersen, we try to reduce the amount of paper we consume daily by unsubscribing from unwanted junk mail and switching to digital file formats. We ask you to join us this Earth Day in our pursuit. Here are some easy ways to limit how much paper you use at home and, ultimately, pave the way to a paperless lifestyle:

Paper or plastic? How about neither! Bring a reusable bag when grocery shopping.
Forget notebooks and use the Notes app on your phone instead.
Ditch your paper calendar for a reusable dry erase one.
Pay your bills digitally.
Unsubscribe from unsolicited mail.
Use online payment services like Venmo instead of sending checks or money in the mail.
Compile digital files of your important documents like family members’ medical history, educational accolades, etc.
Schedule self-audits.
Save everything to a hard drive.

For more eco-friendly tips and ideas, check out the Envision® blog at gundersenenvision.org. Happy Earth Day!

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Going green in 2019

Going green in 2019

Going green in 2019

Are you itching to make a change in 2019? Consider becoming an environmentalist by consciously decreasing your carbon footprint. Here are some ways to do so:

  • Use reusable grocery bags when you shop. Some markets will even give you a discount for bringing your own bags.
  • Try to avoid purchasing new clothes. Instead, find hand-me-downs or shop for secondhand apparel.
  • Decrease your meat consumption. Meat packing plants release considerable methane gas into our atmosphere, which contributes to global warming.
  • Be a conscious consumer and only purchase household necessities.
  • Compost your unwanted food waste instead of throwing it out.
  • Conserve water and don’t let it run when you wash food, brush your teeth, wash your hands or clean your dishes.
  • Limit your air travel when possible.
  • Ask for no straw at local restaurants.
  • Buy in bulk to reduce purchasing one-use plastic and packaging (cereal, coffee, beans, rice, pasta, nuts, etc.).
  • Go paperless by paying your bills online, sending letters via email, etc.
  •  Line dry your clothing instead of using energy to dry them in a drier.

Visit Gundersen Envision at Becker’s 6th annual meeting

Becker’s Hospital Review 6th Annual Meeting
May 7-9
Chicago, IL

Please stop by our booth – #59 Silver
Our energy experts will be on hand to discuss your sustainability initiatives and how an energy check-up can likely reduce your energy use by 10 percent in the first year alone.

When Gundersen Health System reached its goal of energy independence this past fall, the rewards were greater than lower energy costs for the organization and the satisfaction of becoming the first healthcare system in the nation to achieve this distinction, the real payoff was in cleaner air and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.

We learned a lot along the way. And we’re poised to offer others the opportunity to benefit from our experience. Gundersen Envision consultants are working with businesses across the nation, creating a healthier environment and bottom line. Specializing in enterprises with large facilities—from healthcare and education to the hospitality industry—we can help you define or refine your sustainability initiatives.

Learn more about the services Envision offers.

Gundersen’s Envision program earns prestigious environmental award

For the eighth consecutive year, Gundersen Health System has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for their environmental initiatives through Gundersen Envision. Gundersen was awarded with Practice Greenhealth’s most prestigious achievement award during this year’s CleanMed Conference.

During the national environmental conference for leaders in healthcare sustainability, Gundersen received the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, a new award in 2014, given to healthcare facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in healthcare.

“Gundersen has been a leader in the healthcare sector for many years, winning Practice Greenhealth’s highest honors year after year for innovative work in sustainability,” says Lin Hill, director of awards at Practice Greenhealth. “They are unique in their renewable energy generation and have also been included in three of the new Circles of Excellence (Energy, Climate, and Green Building) which are presented for exemplary work in one area of sustainability. Gundersen excels in many other areas, including employee engagement and blue wrap reduction and reuse.”

“Being recognized as one of the top 25 healthcare systems when it comes to sustainability and environmental stewardship is a testament to our staff’s commitment to developing and maintaining sustainable programs,” says Tom Thompson, sustainability coordinator at Gundersen. “Demonstrating leadership in our community and the healthcare sector is important to us, and improving the health of our patients in the communities we serve is part of our system mission.”

Some of Gundersen’s recent notable sustainability achievements include:

  • Solid waste recycling rate of 43 percent in 2013
  • Reduced cafeteria pre-consumer food waste by more than 70 percent
  • Installed biomass boiler – 38 percent of energy independence goal
  • Dairy manure digesters installed and operating

To learn more about Gundersen’s Envision program, go to gundersenenvision.org.