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Hospital works to save energy, reduce waste

New Britain [April 21 2008] - As the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22, The Hospital of Central Connecticut also recognizes its responsibility toward energy conservation and waste management, having been recognized twice already for its environmental protection initiatives.

Since 2004, The Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain’s largest employer has had a program to reduce waste and increase recycling.

These efforts range from periodically using its own electric generators to power air conditioning units at both the New Britain General and Bradley Memorial campuses, to recycling used oil, electronics, batteries and mercury-containing devices like fluorescent bulbs.

“The Hospital of Central Connecticut recognizes its role as leader in the community to also help preserve its resources,” says Tom Vaccarelli, senior director of Facilities at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Last May, the hospital was one of 128 hospitals nationwide recognized by Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) for efforts to protect the environment. It received the “Partners for Change Award” for decreasing hazardous and biomedical waste and increasing recycling. In 2005, H2E awarded the hospital the Making Medicine Mercury Free Award for mercury reduction and ultimate elimination from the hospital.

Vaccarelli says the hospital will soon move forward with additional recycling efforts. Among its current waste management and recycling efforts are:

• Chemical recycling. The hospital recaptures hazardous chemicals to make them available for reuse and uses higher-quality formaldehyde that last longer, generating less waste.
• Recycling and reducing waste. For several years, the hospital has worked with a vendor to recycle used oil, electronics, batteries and mercury-containing devices (e.g., thermometers, blood-pressure cuffs, fluorescent bulbs, etc.). Corrugated cardboard is compacted on site and sent to a vendor vs. being brought to a landfill.
• Generators save energy. In an agreement with Connecticut Light & Power and EnerNOC, Inc., both hospital campuses use their generators, if requested, when energy use peaks, most often during the summer months. This is done to avoid further taxing the power grid.
• Energy-efficient equipment in use. In 2004, the hospital entered into an eight-year agreement with Johnson Controls for a program in which the hospital is supplied various energy-efficient equipment. Equipment includes fluorescent fixtures, lighting motion sensors, and two large-scale, air-conditioning chillers at the New Britain General campus.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, x6507

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