Sustainability Efforts

Through its sustainability initiative, Greenville Health System is committed to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and being a good community steward. Read on to learn ways that GHS saved resources in FY 2014.

Transportation

GHS’ Vehicle Committee converted three vehicles to use propane gas. Also called liquefied petroleum gas, propane is domestically produced, clean burning and distributed through an established infrastructure.

Using propane is one way to diversify U.S. transportation fuels. It increases energy security, provides convenience and performance benefits, enhances public health and the environment, and reduces dependence on foreign oil.

Percentage-wise, we have successfully reduced …

Resource Recovery

In FY 2014, our solid waste was diverted from the landfill through creative measures that encourage reuse, recycling or composting of waste. Proper disposal of waste or waste management relocates waste to areas where it can be left, incinerated or disposed of safely. Removing waste from public areas helps reduce risks to overall health, decrease exposure to biohazards and decrease pest infestation.

GHS waste reduction efforts resulted in the following last fiscal year:

  • 8,406,340 pounds of general waste diverted from landfills
  • 650,318 pounds of controlled waste properly disposed of per Environmental Protection Agency guidelines
  • 3,193,177 pounds of cardboard and paper recycled
  • 302,024 pounds of waste recycled

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency refers to products or systems using less energy to do the same or better job than conventional products or systems. Studies show that such efforts could reduce the nation’s total energy demand by 20% by 2025.

GHS energy reductions are equal to …

Kilowatts

  • 308,546 pounds of coal burned or 32,323 gallons of gas consumed

Natural Gas

  • 1,258,417 miles per driver by an average passenger vehicle or 1,229 barrels of oil consumed

GHS will continue to seek ways to further reduce transportation, waste and energy needs in 2015.