By: Ted Spicer, Account Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
Today’s leading businesses are working toward more environmentally friendly operations. Here at JLL, we are advocates of a “green” workplace. In fact, JLL was recognized among the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute in 2013. By educating and advocating for sustainable practices, companies can positively impact the environment, while simultaneously attracting and retaining quality employees.
This post is the third in a series, based on Perspectives on Sustainability and Healthcare, which spotlights how Beaumont Health System in Detroit won the prestigious Greenhealth Partner for Change Award in 2013.
Partner for Change
In the past few years, experts at JLL have worked with Beaumont to help the hospital reach its sustainability goals. Among its green objectives, Beaumont set out to build rapport with well-respected environmental advocacy groups, like Practice Greenhealth.
A nonprofit organization that supports healthcare facilities, Practice Greenhealth’s mission states that it “is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge.” It was the perfect fit, so Beaumont joined Practice Greenhealth in 2012. As a member, Beaumont had access to an abundance of helpful resources, like webinars, expert consultation, meetings and more.
Through JLL’s guidance, Beaumont’s Royal Oak hospital applied for and received the Greenhealth Partner for Change Award in 2013. The award, presented to less than 150 hospitals, recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems that are continuously working to improve programs and expand sustainability efforts.
How to Receive Partner Recognition
Not every health system is eligible for the Partner for Change Award—so what set Beaumont apart? To help answer this question, I’ve outlined a few of the qualifications that enabled Beaumont to secure the award.
Implement several successful pollution prevention projects and sustainability programs.
Since 2011, sustainability experts at JLL have worked with Beaumont representatives to develop an energy strategy that saved nearly $300,000 per year in power and maintenance costs. Beaumont also took extra measures to conserve water. Through JLL’s guidance, Beaumont installed low-flow sinks and toilets, and began reducing water consumption for sterilizing equipment and use for outdoor landscape irrigation.
Execute a mercury elimination program.
Beaumont’s hazardous waste reduction program addresses a variety of harmful chemicals, like mercury. This also includes DEHP, or “a potentially harmful plasticizer often used as a component in medical equipment.”
Establish a “green team.”
In partnership with JLL, Beaumont established a campus-wide green committee of influencers to identify green opportunities within the company. Established in 2012, the “green team” now has 500 officers from all departments within each hospital.
Promote an environmentally friendly purchasing policy.
With the help of JLL, Beaumont sought out a list of vendors that offer green alternatives to medical equipment and cleaning products. JLL has also helped Beaumont establish guidelines for environmentally friendly furniture, flooring and other office products.
Beaumont is determined to continue its mission of establishing a healthy environment for patients, staff and the community. To read more about how Beaumont Health System qualified for the Partner for Change Award, download the free report.
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About the Author
Ted Spicer is a Senior Vice President in the Healthcare Solutions group for JLL. He is also the account director and client relationship manager for the Beaumont Hospitals account. With more than 11 years of healthcare real estate experience, Ted is responsible for delivering world-class facilities and real estate services to Beaumont’s acute care hospital portfolio of 9.1M square feet.