May 2, 2008
Help the MGH go green

The MGH had a special reason to celebrate this year's Earth Day. A team of Environmental Services Department staff, MGH administrators and the MGH Raising Environmental Awareness League (REAL), with support from MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, have launched a series of "green" enterprises, including a hospitalwide energy efficiency project, paperless billing program and plastics recycling service. These initiatives can dramatically reduce the hospital's environmental impact.

In honor of Earth Day, REAL also hosted two information tables April 22 and 23. Edwin Andrews, administrative manager of the Mallinckrodt General Clinical Research Center, and REAL members educated MGH staff, visitors and patients about current environmental issues and concerns.

In coming months, the REAL team will focus on increasing the recycling of paper, batteries and print cartridges and reducing energy usage throughout the hospital. Below is a list of conservation efforts staff can make at the MGH:

  • Conserve office supplies: Read files online and print double-sided.
  • Set computers to enter sleep mode when not in use.
  • Turn off unused lights.
  • Use reusable dishware for meals.
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, electronics, printer cartridges and batteries.
  • Buy paper with recycled content, available through the Partners purchasing system.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Andrews at

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