Sustainability Efforts

Through its sustainability initiative, Greenville Health System is committed to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and being a good community steward. GHS has a Sustainability Committee that meets quarterly. This multidisciplinary team discusses current projects throughout GHS and opportunities to increase sustainability systemwide. Read on to learn ways that GHS saved resources in FY 2016.

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 savings of greenhouse gas emissions from …


1,275,254 pounds of coal burned or energy use for one year of 126 homes

GHS energy reductions equal to saving of CO2 emissions from …


1,270,707 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle or 18,795 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs

Resource Recovery

In FY 2016, 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:

  • 6,326,725 pounds of solid waste diverted from landfills
  • 4,785,177 pounds of paper, plastic, aluminum and electronic waste recycled
  • 626,143 pounds of cardboard recycled
  • 113,693 pounds of compost recycled from the kitchens at Greenville Memorial Hospital

GHS will continue to seek ways to further reduce transportation, waste and energy needs in 2017.

2016 Annual Report Table of Contents