On November 10, 2011, the University of Maryland Medical Center and Denise Choiniere, sustainability manager, are winners of Maryland Hospitals for Healthy Environment (MD H2E) awards.

The first annual Nursing Leadership in Environmental Health Award was presented to Denise Choiniere, MS, RN, sustainability manager for University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Choiniere, the first full-time sustainability manager in a Maryland hospital, spearheaded a number of environmental initiatives at UMMC, including a hazardous pharmaceutical waste management program, Earth Day events, and a weekly farmers’ market.
UMMC won the Trailblazer award for focusing on lighting conservation and upgrades in the past year. The goals of their project included turning off lights when not in use and when daylight is sufficient in atriums and hallways, replace inefficient light bulbs with more efficient bulbs, and establish a baseline to monitor changes. Occupancy sensors and photo cell sensors were installed and lights in mechanical rooms were placed on automated controls.
Denise and her leadership team utilizes Key Green Solutions software suite to manage their sustainability program.

Key Green Solutions (KGS) exhibited at the Maryland Hospitals for Healthy Environment (MD H2E) conference on November 10, 2011.

MD H2E is a technical assistance and networking initiative that promotes environmental sustainability in health care. Participants include hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, research laboratories, and other ancillary health care providers in Maryland.  Key Green Solutions LLC, the leading hospital sustainability management software company, is proud to be a partner with Carroll Hospital Center and University of Maryland Medical Center, two award winning hospitals with MD H2E.

Carroll Hospital Center receives 2011 Trailblazer Award from Maryland Hospitals for Healthy Environment

The award was given to recognize the hospital for its ability to effectively track and quantify its many environmentally friendly initiatives through the Key Green Solutions sustainability management web-based software. The software showed, for example, how the hospital’s natural gas consumption and red bag waste was reduced by 30 percent in 2011 due to the hospital’s green initiatives.
Jeff Burks, Sustainability Manager with Key Green Solutions, presented with Colleen Duerr, Green Chair with Carroll Hospital Center, at the conference.  Please click on the link below for a copy of the presentation and see Session 2A: Sustainability Metrics.