Industry, though necessary in a modern world, has a big impact on the environment. It takes enormous energy to run places, and yet there are some organizations and workplaces making great efforts to reduce their impact.
Great Britain is home to one extremely green hospital.
Featured on Real Green TV, University Hospital of South Manchester is the first in the UK to install a large 4 megawatt biomass plant, which greatly decreases their carbon dioxide emissions.
Implementing greener ways of doing things is a commitment reportedly taken seriously by staff. The goal is to become carbon neutral, and in addition to the biomass plant other actions like improvements to lighting, insulation and windows have been taken to increase efficiency. Also, a steam based heating system has been installed which has lent to an energy reduction of 27%.
By employing better ways of running the hospital with their carbon management plan, they have reduced their footprint but also have seen great financial savings. The money saved from these actions is able to be put back into patient care.
Hospital staff and members are continually encouraged to adopt energy saving routines and behaviors.
Available are incentives like on site gardening and an employee bike program to offer healthier transportation since many live near the hospital. Going further, the hospital also holds community involvement events like monthly farmers’ markets put on by local vendors and school education programs.
In an atmosphere completely different from a hospital setting, the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee has made alterations to host a greener space. With a committee that investigated ways to help the zoo run more efficiently, they wished to incorporate solar power into their habitats.
Unable to afford a solar installation, directors made the creative business decision to partner with a local company in order to be able to upgrade the roof of their Stokely African Elephant Preserve.
Their cooperative venture led to the installation of 196 solar panels, the zoo’s first solar energy effort. The 50 kilowatt system is capable of producing over 55,500 kilowatt hours of power annually, allowing the zoo to step into a more ecological and budget friendly model.
These are two examples of proactive efforts pushed forth by people that are making a difference in their areas as well as on a global scale.
Whether in the industrial arena or at home, being responsible for our environmental output matters.
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