Energy & Sustainability Initiatives

Our Energy & Sustainability Program initiatives are to mitigate waste, ensure recycling, and reduce our overall carbon foot print for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly Mission Health System.

 

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Mission has several alternative fuel combustion engine vehicles that directly reduce our carbon foot print. We are engaged with our local partners to consider phasing out some of our expiring traditional transportation with Compressed Natural Gas, Electric, and Hybrid vehicles. We currently have the following alternative vehicles in our fleet:

  • (3) CNG Honda Civic GXs
  • (2) CNG Transit Connect Vans
  • (2) 15-passenger shuttle buses

Our Facilities: Going Green When We Plan, Build and Renovate

Mission is finding ways to "go green" when we plan and build new facilities and renovate the ones we have. The use of environmentally-friendly materials benefits our patients, visitors, and staff, while it minimizes our impact on the environment and the surrounding community. We strive to:

  • Choose materials with minimal impact on the environment, such as locally quarried stone and locally produced brick.
  • Use durable materials that can be easily maintained without harmful chemicals.
  • Meet or exceed the building code for energy utilization when we construct new facilities.
  • Understand the impact of the quality of light and air in a building on patient healing and employee productivity, absenteeism and retention.

Energy & Sustainability

The Hospital Energy Alliance is a partnership between the US Department of Energy and US healthcare leaders. They have committed to helping the Healthcare industry reduce energy consumption and focus on a more sustainable environment. US Hospitals are one of the largest energy consumers for commercial buildings. Mission Health’s goal is to reduce our energy consumption 30% by 2020 and continue to our ongoing efforts for environmental sustainability in the following projects and future goals:

  • All facilities 100% LED by 2020
  • Replacing outdated equipment with energy efficient assets (EnergyStar)
  • Benchmarking our facilities with the EnergyStar Program
  • Preventative Maintenance to increase energy efficiency
  • Water Recycle and controlled output of Irrigation
  • Natural Gas Combined Heat & Power units
  • Variable Frequency Drives on 25HP and greater

Environmental Services (Housekeeping)

Conservation measures include:

  • Use of reusable mops and micro-fiber pads and highly concentrated cleaning chemicals, lowering the volume of landfill waste.
  • Use of enMotion paper towels and dispensers. The enMotion system uses 25% less paper that traditional towels.
  • Use of toilet tissue with 20% post-consumer recycled fiber.
  • Recycling of all hospital cardboard and shredding of all confidential documents.
  • Low-water floor cleaning equipment is purchased when old equipment needs replacement.
  • UV sanitation is used in some areas, reducing the need for harmful chemicals.
  • Handling bug and rodent invasions in a sustainable manner with an Integrated Pest Management Plan, with a goal of eliminating unnecessary chemical exposure, and respecting animals vs. treating them as a nuisance.

Laundry Services

The Laundry department began making changes in 1992 in efforts to maintain a more environmentally friendly process.

  • A home washer uses about five gallons of water per pound of laundry, our machines use about two.
  • A water reuse system allows for laundry equipment and setup to continuously recycle water.
  • Environmentally friendly bleach
  • Work closely with the Metropolitan Sewage district to ensure compliance with our effluent as it relates to pH and temperature
  • Worn out textiles are recycled.
  • Plastic laundry bags are used, baled after use, melted down, and made into new ones.

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition is continually making efforts to supporting a greener environment, and it is now becoming a reality

  • Both Mission Café 509 and 428 utilize china and silverware to help the cause to reduce disposables.
  • As of September 2008, Food and Nutrition has switched from foam takeout containers to Environware © BIODEGRADABLE containers.
  • Since 2015, Mission Foodservice has partnered with Danny's Dumpster to send food scraps/waste to a composting facility, opposed to the food being processed as normal waste.
  • In October 2016 Mission Foodservice partnered with the Asheville Poverty Initiative to donate left over food prepared onsite to community members in need. The total food donated was 18k pounds over the course of 1 year.