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Good Samaritan Hospital honored for green programs

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council recognized Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital as a "Downers Grove Green Business" for its environmentally sustainable practices in energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, water conservation and stormwater pollution prevention.

Members of the Good Samaritan Hospital Green Team were recognized at the village council meeting Dec. 17, as well as at the Environmental Concerns Commission meeting in November.

Since 2008, Good Samaritan Hospital has made significant strides towards reducing energy consumption, according to the village. The hospital has an energy reduction target of 20 percent by 2015 and have taken several steps to reach the goal, including installation of programmable thermostats, insulation of hot water wipes and refrigeration lines, replacement of incandescent bulbs with LED lighting and on-site energy use auditing.

According to Good Samaritan's Green Team, in 2012 more than 80,000 pounds of materials used during the course of daily hospital operations were diverted from the wastestream. Water conservation and stormwater pollution prevention are important elements of the program and there are many green features on the hospital's campus including permeable pavement parking lot to reduce stormwater runoff, wetland area for cleansing of stormwater runoff, timer and moisture sensor on irrigation system, native low water or no water landscaping, plant landscaping near parking areas to reduce stormwater runoff, use of environmentally-sound cleaning products.

The items listed here are just a sampling of the many outstanding environmentally sustainable activities underway at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. Congratulations for being a Downers Grove Green Business.

The goal of the Green Business Recognition Program is to recognize businesses within the Village of Downers Grove that support the village's goals of continual innovation and steward of fiscal and environmental sustainability. Questions about the program may be directed to Nick Santoro at 630-493-8875.

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