Creating a sustainable facility was one of our main goals when we moved into our new hospital in 2012. That’s why we’re excited to report that the U.S. Green Building Council recently recognized Lurie Children’s sustainable design and construction with a LEED Gold certification.
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. For example, the hospital is equipped with highly efficient plumbing fixtures, which have reduced our water usage by 20%. We’re also able to reuse 15% of all medical equipment, which minimizes waste and reduces the harmful environmental impacts that come from factory production, assembly and transportation.
The health of the people inside the building was also taken into account during the planning and construction process. That’s why Lurie Children’s was built with 100% low-emission adhesives, sealants, paint, coating and carpets to promote good indoor air quality for our patients and staff members.
However, there’s still work to be done. As Eric Hoffman, the administrator for Lurie Children’s Facility Services department, says, “The next, and bigger, hurdle is for Lurie Children’s to optimize its day-to-day operations to increase our sustainable practices.” To meet that challenge, Lurie Children’s brought together a group of physicians and staff to create the Green Team. They’ve been charged with helping us improve our green practices, and to help initiate new ones.
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