Essentia Health in Superior honored for environmental stewardship

By KBJR News 1

Essentia Health in Superior honored for environmental stewardship

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The green and sustainable efforts of Essentia Health in Superior are being recognized by Douglas County.

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior and Superior Clinic was honored with the “Count Me Green” certification, which recognizes companies that have made a commitment to working environmentally friendly practices into their operations.

“This validates a lot of good work we’ve been doing for quite some time,” says Terry Jacobson, administrator at the Superior hospital and clinic. “It also serves as a reminder to push ourselves to do better and do more.”

Earning the “Count Me Green” certification requires a company to achieve at least 30 “points” – each point represents an environmentally friendly business practice. Superior hospital officials say they easily achieved more than 40 points during their first certification try.

The practices include having a recycling system in place; using bulk cleaning products; utilizing organic fertilizer and native landscaping trees; installing bicycle racks on campus to encourage “green” transportation and using videoconferencing and teleconferencing when possible to eliminate the need to travel.

The “Count Me Green” certification is good for three years.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns