Guess who’s on the Green Wall of Fame?

You’ve heard of the Oscars, the Grammy’s, the Emmy’s … they may be shiny, but they have nothing on this even bigger honour … the Green Wall of Fame! This is the spot we like to recognize our extra-enthusiastic eco-warriors around UHN. Without further ado, I’m pleased to announce the latest winners….

Congratulations to our amazing Radiation Therapy Green Team! This team, led by Veng Chhin, really works together to green UHN on many levels.  To highlight just one thing is difficult, but we’ll focus on their Recycle Rescue operation.


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Shut the Sash: The Power of Pizza

Armit Dhinsa - the sash man

Armit – the sash man

Hi, my name is Armit Dhinsa; I am a co-op student from Waterloo who has been leading the Shut the Sash program from January 2016. For those of you in research at UHN, you have probably seen me wandering around the lab spaces for some time now, wondering how I magically appear out of nowhere almost everyday. It is all the the Shut the Sash campaign, a major energy saving behavior change program in Research.

The importance of Shutting the Sash was new to me when I joined. As a biology student who uses fume hoods regularly at school, the extremely high energy usage of the Fume hood was completely unknown to me. Continue reading

Let’s GROW!

I am thrilled and delighted to introduce our first wheelchair accessible garden at Toronto Rehab, Bickle Center! We’re calling it GROW, for Garden Rehab On Wheels. A lot of green thumbs and grey matter went into designing this new venture. See for yourself!

This is the stellar Green Team after our first meeting of the season – our gardening champions are from recreational therapy, speech language therapy, nursing, clinical nutrition, spiritual care, volunteer resources, maintenance, management and administration.

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Spinning the wheel, 7 places in 6 days

April is known fools, for showers (that bring May flowers … lovely, BTW!), and for Earth Day (where the April Fool becoming the Worldly Wise). Celebrated since 1970 on the 22nd, this was the 46th fest “to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action … channeling human energy toward environmental issues.” according to

Spinning the Wheel at Toronto Rehab, University Centre ... the first day

Spinning the Wheel at Toronto Rehab, University Centre … the first day starts strong

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Sunglasses, Swim suit, IV Bags … Check!

Ana Golubovici & Ruthie Anderson both work at UHN and volunteer their spare time with Not Just Tourists Toronto. Good going!

Ana & Ruthie both work at UHN and volunteer their spare time with Not Just Tourists Toronto. Good going!

Hello fellow Talkin’ Trash readers! I would like to introduce you to Ana Golubovici and Ruthie Anderson, both nurses at TGH. They recently returned from their trip to Honduras, where they spent their vacation volunteering with a small clinic in Roatan Honduras. They are also two of the many medical staff at UHN that volunteers to brings suitcases of medical supplies along with them on their vacation! “Medical supplies in a suitcase?” you say. Let me explain…

Firstly, did you know that Operation Green, a group run by medical students, has collected a surplus of medical supplies that filled over 180 suitcases? And did you also know you can make a difference too without interfering with your plans to soak up the sun? As they have been mentioned in a previous Talkin’ Trash Article, Operation Green and an NGO called Not Just Tourists have collaborated to have these suitcases of medical supplies sent to countries in need through the means of tourists. They are always seeking more volunteers to help take one of these bad-boys along to their destinations! If you are interested, you can register to take one suitcase with you and you will be connected with staff at a local clinic near your resort. It’s a piece of cake!


Blood collection tubes and needles are just a few examples of the medical supplies Operation Green collects to send to Countries in need!

If you’re not going on a vacation any time soon – don’t fret! There are other ways you can help OG and NJT. Operation Green is always collecting medical supplies to send off with more vacationers. The medical supplies collected are typically surgical overage, which are clean medical supplies that were not used in surgery and would otherwise be thrown away. Also, if your department has an excess of these materials and are able to donate them you can contact!

As a student, I admire that Operation Green is a student-run group. However, very few UHN staff members actually know about OG and their collaboration with NJT to send these medical supplies to countries in need. You can help Operation Green by spreading the word to your fellow peers and colleagues to help them recruit more vacationing volunteers!

Interested in becoming a volunteer yourself? No problem-o! Click here!

If you would like to find out more information about Operation Green and Not Just Tourist’s initiatives check out our previous article too!


Here’s Ana in Roatan Honduras with one of her patients!

We need some seed to feed, indeed

We are getting ready to take the 5th kick at the can (or throw at the hoe) for the UHN Real Food Garden! It may seem too cold and snowy to think of easy, breezy, green gardens, but now is actually the time to plan. A quick look at Toronto’s growing calendar shows that for many crops, sowing seeds indoors should start as soon as end of February to middle of March (not to be confused with Middlemarch by George Eliot) . Bring us your broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cabbage, your eggplants, peppers and tomatoes … all need an early start in a bright green house.

Geremy starting seeds in previous garden seasons

Geremy starting seeds in our 3rd garden season

As for the UHN Real Food Garden, it may be Continue reading

Care about Climate Change? Join a Green Team

The weight of the world is on some very key shoulders right now. Specifically, in Paris, COP21, the world climate summit that has been filling my twitterfeed, inbox and all available brainspace. Canada is back, as our leaders have happily announced, and has even pledged $2.65 BILLION dollars to climate change funding for developing countries over the next 5 years (‘billion’ deserves all caps, don’t ya think?).

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