Top 14 Ways We Were Talkin’ Trash in 2014

What a wild, wondrous and #WasteFreeUHN year it’s been here at Talkin’ Trash. Before we enter into the brand spanking new one, let’s have a gander at the highlights. And now (insert imaginary drumroll), a count down of our top 14 stories from 2014, as selected by your curious clicks:

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Ed helped us get our feet (not-so) wet with Water, Water (Not) Everywhere

image credit: thewalrus.ca

image credit: thewalrus.ca

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Next, Kady captured the happy high-fives of our Golden Light Switch winners at Rumsey. They celebrated their energy-saving awesomeness in Gold and Proud

Rumsey Neuro team

Gold and Proud at Toronto Rehab Rumsey Neuro

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We got hip to the hashtag with our #WasteFreeUHN Contest. Your amazing creativity really blew us out of our blue bins in There’s poetry (and a winner) in your #WasteFreeUHN soul!

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Mike dug deep into the scary-science-experiment parts of the fridge to see why the commercial kinds waste water, then chilled out with some deep lake cooling in Water Efficiency – Is your Refrigeration Sending $$$ Down the Drain? .

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Adeline joined our team and started a whole new, exciting (and tasty) project on local food. Let’s meet Adeline, Our New Food Project Coordinator!

Adeline, our new Food Project Coordinator, at the Eastdale Collegiate Institute's rooftop garden

Adeline, our new Food Project Coordinator, at the Eastdale Collegiate Institute’s rooftop garden

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We lost two bright lights to retirement but hope their legacy inspires the next generation to save those gigajoules with Fare Thee Well, Isaac and Henry.

Isaac Prashad retires from TWH. Image credit: Scott Patterson

Isaac Prashad retires from TWH. Image credit: Scott Patterson

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Here’s to great partnerships! Operation Green collects extra medical supplies and Not Just Tourists gets them to good homes that need them in Dynamic Duo: Operation Green & Not Just Tourists

Operation Green UHN supplies get to Cuba via Not Just Tourists

Operation Green UHN supplies get to Cuba via Not Just Tourists

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The team at Toronto Western’s MSICU (Med-Surgical Intensive Care Unit) saves lives everyday (and who knew they can sing too?) with Blue Bin, you saw me standing alone

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Though Earth Day at UHN was particularly spectacular this year, every day should be Earth Day. If the planet could talk, it would say Show Me Some Love!

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From Earth Day to plain ol’ earth, the UHN Real Food Garden team got down and dirty planting our seedlings in the soil for Going to Seed (but in a good way).

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What’s our next big idea? We’re Talkin’ Local Food with UHN and crowdsourcing for the best ideas to get more local food on patients’ plates. We’re about to take it to the next level with Conversation Cafés in the new year.

local food

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Inspiration can come from the strangest places in Don’t throw that out … it’s art!. Way to go Green Team for gathering the materials!

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Perry, Kitty, Megan and lots more on the Green team gather all the cups to make a display

close up of a tree branch

close up of a tree branch

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Thousands of UHNers showed they weren’t such SOVs (Single Occupancy Vehicles) and biked, walked, TTCed and carpooled, Sharing a Ride (to Employer of the Year).

Michael Kurz (UHN), Robert Hollis (EVP of PRESTO), Lisa Vanlint (UHN) Kyle Leetham, Ulrica Ho, Aneesah Luqman & Ania Ksiazek of Smart Commute Toronto-Central celebrate UHN’s win as SmartCommute Employer of the Year.

Michael Kurz (UHN), Robert Hollis (EVP of PRESTO), Lisa Vanlint (UHN) Kyle Leetham, Ulrica Ho, Aneesah Luqman & Ania Ksiazek of Smart Commute Toronto-Central celebrate UHN’s win as SmartCommute Employer of the Year.

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And we’re down to number 1! The most clicked on story makes me proud of you, our readers, for picking something so all-encompassingly green. Chad’s Great Canadian Vacation Guide asked us to get outside, but first: remember why the outdoors is so great, and take steps to keep it that way in Summer and Energy (waste not, want not).

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With visions of camping by the lake under a starry sky, we look forward to an even better 2015 (especially the summer part).

Cheers to you this New Year,

Lisa and the whole Talkin’ Trash Team

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