The greening of St. Joseph’s

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St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is continuing its long tradition of reducing its environmental footprint. In addition to recycling products ranging from paper to batteries to florescent light bulbs, to requesting vendors reduce packaging, to eliminating the use of cosmetic pesticides and herbicides, here is a glimpse into some other innovative projects they have underway.
Through retrofit projects such as upgrading boilers, chillers, air handling units, and lighting, St. Joseph’s reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 5,536,939 kg., sulphur oxide emissions by14,959 kg., and nitrogen oxide emissions by 5,841 kg.
As new roofing is required, it is replaced with improved insulation and a white energy reflective coating. At one of St. Joseph’s facilities the original river rock ballast on the roof was reused in landscaping.
All new and renovated facilities incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices whenever possible.
A wing in a St. Joseph’s facility launched a friendly energy challenge for staff in that area. With the help of the local hydro company, separate meters were installed on the bottom and top floors of the wing – pitting the staff on the two floors against one another. By using the building’s natural light and shutting down computers and other electrical equipment evenings and weekends, the floors tied with a 15 per cent electricity savings — the equivalent of three homes worth of electricity.
The winner of six awards for energy and environmental stewardship, through innovative efforts like these St. Joseph’s is contributing to a healthier community.