BayCare Goes Green

 

At BayCare, we know being eco-conscious is the right thing to do and is a natural extension of our dedication to serve the community, which has been at the core of who we are as an organization since day one. As a community-owned, not-for-profit health system, we exist to serve, and we are extending that commitment beyond health care to include doing what we can to prevent waste and minimize unnecessary consumption of natural resources.

A few key initiatives to “go green” and reduce our carbon footprint on the communities we serve include:

  • Promoting all efforts of our recycling program and encouraging reduction of consumption and reuse of materials 
  • Use of certified eco-friendly cleaning materials and products that reduce environmental impact
  • Use of environmentally responsible building improvements, such as flooring that requires less waxing, energy-efficient air handlers, and LED light bulbs throughout many of our facilities 

The Last Straw

On May 13, we are officially launching a system-wide effort to curb the use of plastic straws at our hospital cafés.  This will reduce our annual plastic straw consumption by 1.2 million straws, which is equal to 189 miles of straws. Only paper straws will be available to hospital café customers, and only by request. We will also switch from plastic to wooden coffee stirrers. In addition, we are reviewing all single-use plastics and disposables in the cafés with more changes to come.

Going Green

These changes are just the beginning. There will be several other initiatives throughout the year related to recycling, environmentally-friendly products and energy consumption. We are exploring all options and ideas, both big and small, so stay tuned!