Tuesday, November 23, 2010

EPA Signs Agreement with Southampton Hospital to Enhance its Environmental Practices

Montauk Point, Long Island, NY
A few days ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Southampton Hospital signed an agreement with them to join the Green Team.  The Green Team is an EPA Region 2 (includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands) team of experts that helps developers incorporate more sustainable construction, operation and maintenance practices into their projects through voluntary agreements called memorandums of understanding (MOU’s).
Under the agreement between Southampton Hospital and EPA, the hospital will:
  • Reduce and eliminate mercury and other toxic substances throughout its facility.
  • Join EPA’s WasteWise program, which provides technical assistance in developing waste reduction and recycling plans. A cardboard compactor will be purchased and installed at the loading dock so cardboard packaging can be recycled. The hospital estimates that it will recycle 10 tons of cardboard each year.
  • Join the EPA ENERGY STAR Program and set a goal of reducing energy use by10%.
  • Use water-saving WaterSense products in the renovation and upgrading of existing buildings and in new buildings. This will reduce water usage and the associated energy needs. An average WaterSense plumbing fixture saves 13,000 gallons each year.
  • Use materials with recycled content for construction wherever possible.
EPA has similar agreements in place with a number of major sports organizations (New York Mets), universities (St. John's University), hospital systems (North Shore-Long Island Jewish), and real estate firms (Cushman & Wakefield) in New York and New Jersey. For more information on EPA green agreements, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/greenteam/.  For more information on Southampton Hospital’s environmental efforts, visit http://www.southhamptonhospital.org/.

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