Beaumont receives national ‘green’ award: Beaumont has received the 2013 “Partner for Change” award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. The award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. The Partner for Change award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas. Some of Beaumont’s sustainability efforts include: Energy – Beaumont has implemented 55 projects that have generated more than $2.1 million in savings; Innovation – Employee teams conduct two-day kaizen, or process-improvement events, every month to seek low-cost solutions to reduce energy and water consumption; Green technology – Beaumont has invested in daylight harvesting systems, EPEAT electronics and computers, and 1,413 LED lighting fixtures; Supply chain – Beaumont has worked with suppliers to reduce excess packaging and materials to achieve less waste. The hospital also works with vendors who offer “green” office supply products; 30 percent of Beaumont’s purchases are made from eco-friendly materials; Transportation and commuting – Beaumont offers an employee carpool program and has more than 150 participants. The hospital also encourages bike riding. The campus has clearly marked bike lanes and provides employees bikes to use and covered racks to store bikes.