Seattle Children's Hospital | 60 of the Greenest Hospitals in America 2017

Seattle Children's Hospital. Seattle Children's Hospital promotes green initiatives inside its four walls that extend to staff members and the community. The hospital adopted the 2030 Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for new construction and generate renewable energy onsite. The hospital's main campus receives electricity from carbon-neutral Seattle City Light, and Seattle Children's has a strategic plan in place to reduce energy use by 20 percent from the 2012 baseline by 2020; as of December 2016, the hospital had achieved 7.8 percent energy use reduction. Green efforts extend to the hospital's food purchasing, with nearly 100 percent of meat raised from animals without antibiotics. Since 2013, Seattle Children's doubled local and sustainable food purchasing and has constructed an onsite organic garden that provides more than 800 pounds of tomatoes for meals served to patients and in the café. Seattle Children's also instituted a transportation initiative to incentivize staff to reduce their carbon footprint by using alternative commuting methods, such as bus, carpool or bike, and the hospital was first in the U.S. to earn the Salmon Safe certification, which recognizes environmental stewardship in areas impacting the urban watershed.  

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