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Mercy launches ‘green’ campaign

More than 700 Mercy Healthcare System employees and associates in the region have joined the company’s “Champion Green” recycling initiative, which was launched at Mercy Medical Center West Wednesday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

“We celebrated a different kind of green,” Gretchen Church, Mercy marketing and PR manager, said.

Employees signed a “green pledge,” making a commitment to be more environmentally responsible. Church said that would include reducing waste and beginning recycling.

“We realize that hospitals have a goal of making people healthier, and we have a belief that a healthier environment makes for healthier people,” Becky Dodson, Mercy vice president of mission services, said.

“We really wanted to do a better job of reducing our output, trying to reuse whenever possible, and trying to recycle,” she added.

Mercy already has launched a few “green” initiatives, including ideas as simple as swapping bottled water served at meetings to regular iced water in a pitcher.

Dodson said that initiative has led to 4,000 fewer water bottles in landfills in only six months.

“When you think of 4,000 less bottles going to a dump, I think that’s really encouraging,” Dodson said.

“If businesses will grab on to this, we can all really make a difference,” she added.

Also at the Mercy West event in March was an Ijams spokesperson, who presented Mercy West associates with information on everything from “precycling” tips to “green” events.

Church said Ijams has partnered with Mercy to hold trash audits at hospitals and help with education on recycling initiatives.

Mercy plans another Champion Green event at all its regional hospitals on Earth Day, April 22: an educational effort focusing on “becoming more personally green,” Dodson said.

At Mercy St. Mary’s, the group will launch a single-stream recycling initiative.


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