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Amery and Westfields hospitals attain Green Master status

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The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has named Amery and Westfields hospitals as 2019 Green Masters within its Green Masters Program. Recognizing sustainable actions by businesses from across the state of Wisconsin, the Green Masters program works to identify businesses that have taken at least one action within each of the nine pillars of sustainability. Participants in the program receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and develop ideas for future sustainability actions.

Highlights of recent and ongoing sustainability efforts at Amery and Westfields include:

  • Amery Hospital & Clinic
    • First hospital in the world to become a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
    • On-site community garden.
    • 18 percent reduction in the amount of plastic bottled beverages sold. Aligned with efforts to decrease single-use plastics.
    • Implemented a single use medical device reprocessing program.
    • Saved 391,000 gallons of water through sustainable landscaping practices and other water conservation projects.
  • Westfields & Clinic
    • Partnership with New Richmond High School AgriScience class. Purchasing tilapia from the school’s aquaponics program to serve in the cafeteria.
    • On-site farmers’ market and community garden.
    • Hosted a community electronics recycling event with TechDump. Collected and recycled 2.18 tons of TVs, computers, and other e-waste.
    • 34 percent spend on local and sustainable food and beverages.
    • 28,000 kWh produced from on-site solar panels and through community solar garden subscription agreement.

The Green Masters Program is an objective, points-based recognition and assessment program that enables Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and from any sector to join a group of like-minded companies that are on the road to sustainability. The program has established three levels of participation: Green Apprentice, Green Professional, and Green Master. Each year at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference, the current top 20 percent of companies that applied during the calendar year are identified and recognized as the Green Masters level companies.

“The Green Masters Program is a tool for businesses to assess and grow their sustainability programs, to benchmark against their industry and to receive a certification recognizing their achievements in sustainability,” says WSBC’s managing director, Jessy Servi Ortiz.