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Bellin Health and the Environment
For more than 100 years Bellin Health has been dedicated to the overall health and well-being of Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Our efforts include a firm commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation.
Bellin Health is focused on serving its communities in the present while keeping a vigilant eye on the future. In order to maintain our focus on environmentally-friendly initiatives, Bellin has formed a “Green Team” to incorporate the best practices of other organizations and identify opportunities unique to the health system.
The Green Team at Bellin Health
Comprised of individuals from departments and professions across the health system and meeting on a regular basis, the “Green Team” is constantly innovating and taking the necessary steps towards a greener and more sustainable future in health care.
The team has identified and implemented several major initiatives including:
Environmental Commitment Statement
As a health care system, Bellin Health practices good stewardship of the resources entrusted to it. Bellin creates healthy environments for the people it serves as well as its employees. In recognition of the critical linkages between environmental health and public health, it is Bellin’s desire to limit adverse impacts upon the environment resulting from the design, construction and operation of its health care facilities. Bellin considers the life-cycle impacts on facilities generated through sustainable design and construction standards, selection of materials and equipment, and maintenance practices. Bellin utilizes the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) as a guide for sustainable design, construction and building operation projects.
Bellin will incorporate, where feasible, natural and renewable energy flows. Additionally, Bellin will require architects, engineers and contractors to specify commercially available, cost-competitive materials, products, technologies and processes, where appropriate, that have a positive impact, or limit any negative impact on environmental quality and human health. Overall, Bellin will strive to integrate sustainable design, operation and maintenance practices in building, rebuilding and/or retrofitting facilities to meet regulatory and/or community health needs.
The following are some of the benefits of sustainable design that Bellin seeks to achieve by following this procedure:
*Benefits to building occupants: People who live and work in facilities designed and constructed with sustainable materials and methods have less illness, are more productive, and report higher satisfaction with their indoor environments.
*Environmental benefits: Clean air and water and resource conservation are some of the positive environmental results of sustainable design and development.
*Financial benefits: Decreased energy costs, increased valuation, improved durability, and increased productivity are all potential benefits to sustainable building design.