Talkin’ Trash with UHN is a blog about greening the hospital environment, with a free-range, organic sense of humour. It is maintained by Lisa Vanlint, with fantastic contributing writers like Ed Rubinstein, Songyang Hu, Chad Berndt, and Mike Kurz.
We are all lucky enough to work in the Energy & Environment Department at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada. UHN is comprised of four facilities: Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, and the multi-site Toronto Rehab Institute (TRI).
We update this blog regularly (but not too regularly… an easy once or twice a week). We’ll post our latest efforts and challenges as we work towards a greener, more environmentally friendly hospital setting … and city and country and world while we’re at it. Please bookmark this site or SUBSCRIBE to get updates whenever we post something new. We also Tweet and Like with the best of ’em, so follow us on Twitter and Facebook too.
Meet the Team:
Chad – Chad, our new Energy Manager
We always like to hear what you think about greening the hospital. Get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the Energy & Environment Department at UHN:
Greening health care is no small matter at UHN. So much so that we have it written in stone (well, not so much stone as an official policy) that UHN is proudly dedicated to patient and planet-centred care. Our Energy and Environment department motto is Supporting Patient Care Through A Sustainable Environment, so that health care does not create health problems. With these ideas in mind, in 2000, UHN adopted an environmental management system to identify opportunities to green our hospital and rehab sites.
Our environmental programming frequently breaks new ground, testing out ideas and innovations new to health care. The department is involved at all levels, whether it is working with staff to implement individual actions, helping Facilities group to retrofit our buildings or entering policy level discussions with senior management. We all strive to make UHN a leader in environmental management through the 21st century.
Visit Energy & Environment at UHN.
*The views expressed on this site belong to the individual writers and don’t necessarily represent those of UHN.