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 2015.

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. In addition, propane has better lubrication qualities and costs almost $1 less per gallon than unleaded gasoline.

Percentage-wise, we have successfully reduced …

Resource Recovery

In FY 2015, 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:

  • 7,796,120 pounds of solid waste diverted from landfills
  • 666,370 pounds of controlled waste properly disposed of per Environmental Protection Agency guidelines
  • 666,565 pounds of cardboard recycled
  • 99,581 pounds of compost recycled from Greenville Memorial Hospital kitchens since March 2015

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

51,323,090 pounds of coal burned or energy use for one year of 4,360 homes.

Dekatherms

3,392,182 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle or 37,267 incandescent lamps switched to CFLs.

GHS will continue to seek ways to further reduce transportation, waste and energy needs in 2016.