Green Initiatives

Hand Washing

Bon Secours embraces ecological stewardship as an essential part of caring for all of God’s creations and as an integral part of advancing the healing mission of Jesus to bring individuals and communities to health and wholeness.

The organization focuses its efforts on three programming pillars: Recycling, Regulated Medical Waste and Energy Conservation.  Since the program’s inception, recycling has increased 90%, regulated medical waste was decreased 69% and energy has achieved a 2.5% site EUI reduction.  Bon Secours has embraced a culture of sustainability and continues to strengthen the connection between the health of individuals, communities and the environment in its services.

Bon Secours facilities have received over 60 Practice Green Health Awards- the premier national environmental organization for leaders in healthcare sustainability-reflecting an overwhelming recognition of the reduction in the system’s carbon footprint.

Reducing Hospital Energy Consumption

Local Green Initiatives

Here at St. Francis, we have established an environmental committee who is designing, implementing and managing environmental sustainability initiatives.

Our Green Vision

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System will be distinguished for ecological stewardship in the Greenville community through a cultural transformation that fulfills our responsibility to Gods creation and each other in generations to come.

Goals

  • Conduct a comprehensive green self-assessment for all local sites
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    Complete

  • Implement a waste management plan
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  • 10% documented increase in recycling and use of reprocessed item
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    Complete

  • Develop a sustainable energy management plan (SEMP)
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    Complete

  • Develop green initiatives related to promoting healthier communities and ecological stewardship

Awards

 

  • St. Francis consistently earns the National Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Circle Award. This is the highest environmental achievement award presented by Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.
  • St. Francis Eastside has been recognized with the prestigious ASHE Award from the American Society of Healthcare Engineers for achieving an energy consumption reduction of more than 22%.

Snapshots of Success

  • St. Francis is the first health system in South Carolina to be acknowledged as an Energy Star partner. Every piece of equipment purchased for the hospital must have an Energy Star rating. An example of how this helps energy reduction: by replacing the boiler at ST. FRANCIS downtown with an Energy Star boiler, energy costs went down $300,000 in one year.
  • As part of a Styrofoam Waste Reduction Initiative, each St. Francis employee has received a free, naturally biodegradable travel mug to use for free tea and coffee in the cafeterias. The estimated annual impact of this switch will be a savings of $5,757 or 312 less cases of foam cups per year. At 500 cups per case, thats an amazing reduction of 156,000 Styrofoam cups per year!
  • St. Francis Food Services buys more locally grown produce, including organic produce, and is exploring oil-less fryers.

Reduce

  • $784,000 saved in energy costs over the past two years; based on Energy Star’s calculations this equals nearly $16 million in revenue.
  • Through Energy Star’s water efficiency program St. Francis Eastside saved 8.3 million gallons of water by removing two medical vacuum systems.
  • Power reduction: $20,000 annual saving through innovative power use, receiving designation from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering’s (ASHE) Energy Efficiency Commitment (E2C) program; ASHE is a membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA).
  • Using smarter chiller operations, St. Francis Eastside can operate without a chiller for two months out of the year, and St. Francis Downtown runs only one of its two chillers five months out of the year.
  • St. Francis is removing outdated incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and replacing them with energy efficient versions. In addition, light sensors are being phased in for public restrooms, conference rooms and offices.
  • Temperature control operations are monitored daily to ensure that the facilities stay at a comfortable temperature and avoid different areas heating while other areas are cooling.
  • Implemented a system-wide “Mercury-free” purchasing policy
  • Outdoor lighting is powered by photocells or astronomical digital time clocks.

Recycle

  • Recycling of total waste improved by 28% by adding new items to recycling program.
  • Number of recycled items increased from 4 to 25 in the first year of the program.
  • 2.336 tons waste prevented in single-use device processing, a savings of $134,000.

Replenish

  • The on-site Worm Farm at the St. Francis Community Garden converts 599 lbs. of Food Services’ trim waste into compost for the garden.
  • Proceeds from the sale of “Worm Tea” liquid fertilizer—a by-product of the worm composting—is invested into the Community Garden.
  • Farmers Markets offering fresh, South Carolina produce at each hospital

Reuse

  • Internal Catering replaced foam and plastic with reusable tableware, reducing foam/plastic usage by 2000 cups, 3,000 plates and 1,000 each of knives, forks and spoons.
  • 3.96 tons waste prevented through a reusable sharps container program, a savings of $10,000.
  • Upcycling or repurposing batteries saved more than $15,000 in 2010.