The green movement has taught establishments of all shapes and sizes that its cool to be green. What Essentia Health is doing is so cool that they received a certificate from the "Count Me Green" program.
Terry Jacobson, Administrator at Essentia Health & Clinic Superior told me, "We've got a lot of staff that are environmentally conscious and I think this program along with the work that Tanya has done, has allowed us to channel their activity into something thats very positive for our campus."
Essentia found that many of the little things they do have a positive impact on the environment.
"I went through the whole facility, talked to the different managers to find out exactly what practices we had in place already." said Tanya Newmarch the Environmental Services Supervisor.
Simple practices like ways to reduce plastic bottles, to reusable cleaning supplies and more.
Newmarch says, "We do have a big recycling program, we have a lot of things we recycle, aluminum, plastic, glass, the normal things. We also do a lot of hazardous waste recycling."
Hazardous waste is incinerated so there is no chance of it leaking into our precious water sources. Small sustainable steps are all it takes for making a green stride forward.
Jacobson said, "I think people are a lot more aware, I think that programs like this help people be more aware. And you find out, I think, that a lot of things that you're doing that you didn't realize were green until you look into them and find out your doing much more than you might have thought."
Essentia had over 40 green points according to the "Count Me Green" certification process. And if they want to keep the certification, they must keep adding to their sustainable practices.
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