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