For the third straight year, University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital and UW Health at The American Center were all recognized by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to helping healthcare organizations be more sustainable.
All three hospitals took home the prestigious Partner for Change Award, which recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.
The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital was also recognized in Practice Greenhealth's Environmental Excellence Water Circle Award for its exemplary program in water conservation and efficiency, as well as the Emerald Award. This competitive award recognizes the top 20 percent of health care facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste, sustainable sourcing, and other areas. Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.
Many of Wisconsin's utilities are also expected to cut carbon emissions by nearly 40 percent in the next six years. In August 2019, Governor Tony Evers also created a new Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy that is tasked with achieving carbon neutrality statewide by 2015, which means shifting the state away from electricity generated by fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy like solar and wind power.