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Healthcare Facility Challenge

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Project Description The P2 team has developed a recognition program entitled "EPA Region 2's Green Facility Program: Healthcare Facility Challenge" as a way to encourage healthcare facilities to implement P2 and waste minimization practices. In order to become recognized under this program, a healthcare facility must perform a baseline survey to determine its current total volume of waste generated, as well as all sources of mercury. They must then establish waste reduction goals and report to EPA Region 2 on the measurable progress made towards achieving these goals. The activities reported must have resulted in a substantial and permanent environmentally beneficial change in the way they did business. Successful facilities will receive certificates of recognition and window decals; no regulatory or enforcement flexibility is offered. EPA Region 2 hoped to launch the program during P2 Week in September 2001. In a related manner, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance is funding a virtual healthcare facility on the Internet where a compliance assistance provider or healthcare facility can walk through and identify the various waste streams, applicable regulations, and pollution prevention opportunities associated with hospital operations. Several P2/ regulatory workshops for the healthcare sector were held in 2001.

 
Project Contact
Name Deborah Freeman
Phone 212-637-3730
E-mail
 
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals
Activity Keywords Funding and grants, Website updates
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 2, Summer 2001

 

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