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Happy Earth Day!

While everyone knows that Vancouver Coastal Health specializes in caring for people, you may not know we are working hard to care for the Earth as well.

Saved energy

In 2015, VCH completed 19 energy savings projects at a variety of sites. This saved:
  • 2,629,596 kilowatt hours of energy, equivalent to powering 263 homes
  • 19,096 gigajoules of natural gas, equivalent to providing gas to approximately 64 homes

Reduced emissions

These projects reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations by 995 tonnes. This is equivalent to taking approximately 209 single occupant vehicles off the road for one year, or driving 2,369,048 miles.

Promoted recycling

Twenty-three acute and residential sites in VCH now have standardized recycling, with some sites such as Richmond Hospital implementing organics recycling in cafeterias. Since 2010, we’ve been running the GreenCare Recycling Renewal Program to reduce health-care waste at our sites.

Healthy commute

One of our nurses, Anne Coles, won the VCH GreenCare Commuter of the Year award for her commitment to walking to work.
Vancouver General Hospital also opened a state-of-the-art cycling centre for staff, with more than 170 indoor bicycle parking spots, including 12 electric bicycle spots, lockers, showers, towel service, a lounge and a bike repair room for maintenance and tune-ups.

Earth Day 2016

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day 2016? Learn more about the cause here.

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